This is an allegorical story that is perfect for all lovers of authors like Paulo Coelho. It is a lovely tale of a boy on his way to finding who he really is and what really matters in life.
I am not particularly a huge fan of allegorical tales, but I do have to say this one was one that did leave me thinking, which is exactly the point. The plot is a clever, winding thing that really takes off at once, sending us on a journey with the protagonist, the boy. He is an interesting character, someone who could be pretty much anyone (which is the point) and who struggles with his head as he travels with his guide, the Elder, to the East where he’s been promised he can meet the Mage. The conversations between the Elder and the boy are the crucial moments in this story. Each of them demand the reader’s attention. They make us think and question our own lives.
There is a smoothness to the writing that makes the pages flow in a calming manner. The author keeps the pace even, almost setting a rhythm to the words that actually aids his story. The ending is a tad abrupt, but since it seems there’ll be a follow-up story, this is fine.
If you enjoy Coelho’s book, particularly The Alchemist, then this one is one for you.