CSFF Blog Tour – The Charlatan’s Boy, Day 1, Are Feechies Real?

The December feature of the CSFF Blog Tour is The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers (WaterBrook). While this story is a young adult fantasy standalone, it takes place in the same world created by Rogers in his Wilderking Trilogy—the island of Corenwald.

Consequently, the idea that feechies exist has been developed in the earlier books. Now, in this later story, the people of Corenwald have begun to doubt that feechies are real.

Interestingly, I found parallels with our contemporary world in which a good portion of society has come to believe that angels and demons and God Himself are myth.

Coupled with the disbelieving public in The Charlatan’s Boy is the group of con artists who wish to capitalize on their doubt. One of the main characters touts himself as a “feechie expert,” and makes money showing a “real feechie” while he gives a lecture on their habits. His credentials? He claims to have lived among the feechies for two years.

I find that approach eerily similar to false teachers today who claim to have special knowledge about God or angels or the spirit world because of some experience they had.

Ironically, the more these false teachers “testify,” the more the populace at large doubts.

And so it was in The Charlatan’s Boy. After some time, traveling from place to place, delivering lectures as a feechie expert, the charlatan decides he needs a new gig because the people no longer believe in feechies.

But what if feechies are real and they have chosen to stay away from the public? What if they see civilizers as hostile to their way of life, to their very existence? What if they stay hidden because they don’t want to be put on display and paraded around as some bit of entertainment, some magic show? What if they don’t want to be forced to become something they are not?

I can’t help but wonder if the absence of angelic activity in our western civilization might not stem from similar reasons. Might not the lifestyle of contemporary America be hostile to the message and ministry of angels? If we could “capture” an angel, I have to think that a good number of people would be working feverishly on the “problem” of how to maximize their return. What movies would we make? What ancillary products would be developed? What imitation stories would crop up? What “experts” would take center stage to tell all they know?

But would such activity increase our belief? Or would we see fraud at every level and conclude that the existence of spirits is a hoax?

I can’t help but think the latter might have already happened.

For the rest of the CSFF Blog Tour, look for content centered more specifically on our feature, The Charlatan’s Boy. For today, learn more about it by visiting other tour participants:

Each check mark links to a blog tour post.

Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm  Comments (10)  
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10 Comments

  1. Terrific review, Becky!

    So–that’s what the plot is about! Ooooh Boy! I can’t wait until I get a chance to read this book! 😀 (coming any day)

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  2. This book is like heroin. I read the 60 or so pages you can read on the Amazon.com preview. When it come time to write my blog post for the blog tour, I went back to Amazon.com just to look over the first paragraph, and ended up reading it all over again. I have GOT to get this book….

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  3. You always have such deep insights into the books we’re reviewing and interesting thoughts. And I should have started here so I could see who had posted to their blog already! I’ve been clicking through links blindly. THanks for teh check marks, that really helps.

    Matt

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  4. Well, Becky, when you put a book out there, it’s out there, and you can’t control what happens to it. As Sally Apokedak has told me, it belongs to everybody. I would have never drawn the connection between feechiefolks and angels. But the feechies belong to anybody who will read about them, I reckon. Thanks for giving them lots of thought.

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  5. ha! I admit that I chuckled when I read this post. I thought, “It’s a good thing I told Jonathan he don’t own his feechie folk no more.” I could feel your pain, Jonathan.

    But I don’t think Becky is saying feechies are anything like angels. I think she is just saying that unbelief in things unseen is a problem we have in the world today.

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  6. Becky, in a facebook discussion we were having, Jonathan and I had a disagreement on who Grady was and what we could take away from his book. I told Jonathan he didn’t own Grady anymore and that ended the discussion, because, you know, Jonathan is too much the southern gentleman to tell a woman to shut up. 🙂

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  7. Krysti, Matt, thanks for your kind words. I appreciate your feedback.

    Nissa, heroin, eh? That’s an interesting analogy—one I’m sure Jonathan’s PR people will jump right on and use with all the kiddies he wants to sell the book to. 😆 Seriously, as I said in my comment to your post, I got hooked in right at the beginning too. His writing is simply intoxicating. 😛

    Jonathan, never fear. Sally is right. I see no connection whatsoever with feechies and angels except that they both can be disbelieved. And the process of their once having been believed to becoming unbelieved.

    But no, feechies are too clearly sinners, though without guile, to be mistaken even for symbolic angels, I fear.

    Becky

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  8. […] I hope you do. Take a half hour a night and read the posts (you can find the links at the end of Monday’s post). You’ll learn a lot about Jonathan Rogers, the man and the writer, and about his wonderful […]

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  9. […] Number one – Jonathan Rogers’ The Charlatan’s Boy (WaterBrook). This is simply one of the best books, regardless of genre, you’re likely to read. To learn more, check out any of the CSFF Blog Tour reviews. A list is available here. […]

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  10. […] Owns Fiction? Last December in a blog post I wrote for the CSFF Blog Tour of The Charlatan’s Boy, in which I discussed belief and […]

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