Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com
The story begins when a young girl is brought to the home of two Brazilian missionaries. Doc Miller and his wife, Ruth, live in the jungles of Brazil. They run a hospital and attempt to take care of the local natives, and although the doctor and his wife never feel welcome, they still offer what services they can.
Things change on the night that a tall stranger arrives carrying an injured girl dressed in tattered clothes. The stranger speaks briefly to Doc and then reaches out to remove a mysterious necklace from around the girl's neck. He carefully hands the delicate chain and its charm to Ruth and tells her to keep it safe. Just before he leaves he tells the couple the girl's name - Nani val Dynia.
It doesn't take Nani long to become accustomed to her new life. She is welcomed by the natives who become more involved with Doc and his wife. Nani is like a daughter to the couple, and they watch her blossom into a teenager. She is a great help in their missionary work, and one day when a group of high schoolers arrive, Nani volunteers to accompany them to a nearby village.
The trip is uneventful until Nani drives around a sharp bend in the road only to discover the mysterious, tall stranger standing in the middle. In an attempt to avoid hitting him, Nani steers the truck over a cliff and it crashes down into the forest. When the teens gather their wits about them, they discover they have landed somewhere other than Brazil, and after some investigation they realize they are no longer even on the planet Earth.
The new world they have encountered is filled with strange adventures - fairies, traveling trees, and underwater homes. A wise man named Kalin becomes their guide and explains the world around them. It seems Nani is a long-lost native of this land, and she alone has the ability to make some sort of repair that could save this strange place.
Fans of fantasy, mystery, and other worldly places will enjoy THE PILLAR OF LIGHT. A. L. Travis presents a smoothly crafted tale that incorporates magic and mystical surroundings with adventure and intrigue. Nani and her companions are sure to return, since only the Pillar of Light has been dealt with, leaving five more for future stories.