“Noah’s Quest” is a fantasy adventure novelette with a relatable hero, charming dialogues, and meaningful lessons that not only make for a brief, endearing and memorable read but set young Sev Emanuel Pretila as a must-follow author.

Review

When the Dwarf King gets greedy and starts hogging all the magic, little Noah, just eleven years old, and lacking magical powers, will have to make himself worthy of the only object able to defeat the Dwarf King, and save everyone from a disastrous, colorless existence. Noah’s Quest by Sev Emanuel Pretila is a fantasy adventure story that follows Noah, a young apprentice, and his newfound allies on their path to save Kastlelot and, in order to achieve this, become kinder, better versions of themselves. 

Noah’s Quest takes place in a classic-fairytale ambiance: a beautiful realm in which magical creatures, such as faeries, dragons, gnomes, and unicorns, live in harmony with non-magical beings, and they all practice constant respect for all sentient creatures.  The star asset of this novelette is the brilliant character development. Pretila created multidimensional, well-fleshed-out characters. The best example is our main character, Noah. Fantasy readers often fall into creating flawless heroes and blatantly evil villains. Noah, while possessing a lot of admirable qualities, is also an impulsive, impatient, overly curious young man who sometimes feels scared and desperate and who has a slightly apprehensive mother. This makes him realistic and relatable, and an even better role model. We all have shortcomings, but what matters is how we overcome them. Noah, unlike most heroes, also would’ve rather talked out the problem than resort to violence. Finally, I like that, even though he believes in the intrinsic goodness of all creatures, he’s not naïve. Let’s face it, it’s not a great idea in this day and age to teach children they can trust everyone.

The author didn’t neglect secondary characters, either. My favorite is Mr. Rainbow Pie, a unicorn with the most charming Aussie accent! If Pretila, who was as young as little Noah when he started writing this book, can create such distinguishable voices for his characters, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with “grown-up” dialogues. 

Noah’s Quest teaches important values that kids and adults alike could find useful. Namely, “compassion, knowledge, wisdom, persistence, empathy, trust, teamwork, and hope.” What I’d like to highlight are the not-so-explicit values that readers can learn. For example, the love of books or respect for the rules. Take, for instance, how Noah encourages Madi to ask permission from her parents before leaving the house. The book also encourages us to receive help from others when we need it, which is something I personally find difficult. The above makes “Noah’s Quest” sound like a Sunday school booklet. But what I find especially commendable is that the story is never preachy. Pretila also made his tale relatable to a broad audience by not limiting it to a particular religion. Case in point, the Temple mentioned in the story is “a special place” where Chief lives, not a church. Finally, I want to applaud that the author doesn’t shy away from discussing more complex issues, such as discrimination. While still keeping the story light and age-appropriate, he makes it very clear that we shouldn’t judge others. 

It’s mind-blowing how such a brief tale is so richly developed that I could imagine two more stories derived from it. For example, Noah’s “origin story.” How did he become friends with Irvi, the village bully? And, of course, the author left a little space open for a sequel without making the end unsatisfying for his readers. 

Noah’s Quest has lovely illustrations, adventure, magic, realism, life lessons, and even a hint of humor making it a charming novelette to enjoy and inspire children and adults, and setting Sev Emanuel Pretila on the radar of authors we should keep an eye on.

Book Details

  • Title: Noah’s Quest
  • Author: Sev Emanuel Pretila
  • Genre: Children’s Book
  • Theme: Fantasy, Adventure, Values, Friendship
  • Publication Date: 21 August 2021
  • ISBN or ASIN: 064527271X
  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Minimum Audience Age: 3

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 0
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 0
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 0
  • Other adult themes: 0

Children’s Book Features

  • Good role models for younger ones: Yes
  • Moral values: Yes
  • Good social manners: Yes
  • Age-appropriate language and topics: Yes
  • Age-appropriate illustrations: Yes
  • Gained the approval of a licensed educator or professionals in a relevant field: Not specified by the author
  • Based on scientifically-proven data or similar information: Not specified by the author
  • Produced through industry-standard research processes: Not specified by the author
  • Other relevant information:

Rating

  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 4 stars
  • Editing: 5 stars
  • Other factors: 5 stars
  • Overall: 4.84 out of 5 stars


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By Fermosalua

B.A. in Literature and Linguistics. Professional daydreamer, reader, and art-lover. Amateur artist. Housewife in my spare time. Words are my life so I strive to encourage authors and readers alike.