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"Clear descriptions, strong action, and a steady pace added up to an all around solid piece of work. " L. B. Diamond  |  5 reviewers made a similar statement
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"I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to sink into a good adventure tale. "
Kevin M. Robinson  |  2 reviewers made a similar statement
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"A wonderful read for all kids. "
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About the Author

Marva Dasef lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and a couple of cats. She has published more than forty stories in a variety of print and on-line publications, and several appeared in 'Best of' anthologies. She has several published books. See her website at http://tinyurl.com/DasefAuthor
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Boy Publications (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578004992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578004990
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,942,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rollicking adventure filled with thrills, excitement and memorable characters.
Lorrie Unites-Struiff
Clear descriptions, strong action, and a steady pace added up to an all around solid piece of work.
L. B. Diamond
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to sink into a good adventure tale.
Kevin M. Robinson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Quest for the Simurgh is a great book about a girl named Faiza who wants to find out why the village magician has disappeared. She thinks he left a clue for her, because she finds his most precious book open and marked with an x with chalk. She thinks he is telling her to seek the magical birds the Simurghs who are not very far away. She and three boys from her class head to the mountains where the Simurghs are said to be found. They meet a strange little man who said he would bring them to the Simurghs. But he is actually a spirit leading them to a battle between good and evil. Faiza meets the good goddess Anahita who tells her about the war the spirit is bringing them to. The goddess persuades Faiza to help her win the war and warns her that the boys will betray her.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes Fantasies and Myths. This book has lots of magical creatures from the Middle East like Simurghs, Gods, Griffins, Flying Horses, and lots more. My favorite part is when Faiza and the boys enter the war and you wonder if the boys are on the good or the bad side.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria Schneider on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is well-edited and well-formatted. It's a cross between YA and a children's story. The concepts are such that it's YA, but things are simplified in some places, and thus it reads for an even younger age (8-9?). Some of the problems presented are quite simple as are the solutions. (Do we accept a girl even though she is a girl, do we trust our friends, do we forgive them and so on.) In some cases, challenges are solved so quickly it is more what I would expect from a young children's book. For example, the children decide to go on a quest--to achieve this they have to make up excuses or lies. This part would have been more believable had they simply run away because some of the scenes didn't ring true at all (especially that of Parvis. I don't believe with his background he would have taken the route he did--nor do I believe his father would have allowed it).

The descriptions and mythology are handled quite well and in good detail. The unusual characters and the various legends were a big strength of this book. However, it is here that I am not certain a younger child would remain engaged because some of the detail spans several pages. The world that is created is quite magical and intriguing in several scenes.

The children in this story reminded me a bit of the Boxcar Children with a spiritual/mental challenge. Each child is given a challenge in the book, but there is not as much depth here as I would expect with a YA. In a normal quest, you would expect a YA to face a challenge that had grown throughout their lives--so perhaps a person who had always been tempted by gold/riches, would have to face that down. This story did not have such a background with every character. When it did have "past doubts" it was not as well-developed as I would have liked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edith on March 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of Marva Dasef's The Witches of Galdorheim Series, I grabbed Quest for the Simurgh quickly when I saw it was available for free. Another charming read that would have been well worth paying for. While roaming enchanted worlds and meeting magical creatures, Faiza and her friends struggle with problems every young and old reader can relate to. Follow your dream or stay loyal to your friends? Why shouldn't a girl be allowed to come along on the quest she suggested? And what to do about those bullies?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rush on September 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Disclaimer: As with most of the books I review, I know the author somewhat on social media.

Quest For the Simurgh is the first volume of Marva Dasef's YA fantasy series Faizah's Destiny, in which we are introduced to Faizah and other characters. Faizah is a plucky, spunky heroine introducing a bit of feminist precociousness into a primitive world where it's not particularly welcome, a not uncommon element in YA fantasy. She's the daughter of a family that eventually intends to marry her off to someone boring, but in this story she breaks her family ties almost inadvertently and without actually recognizing the deed.

The goal of finding the mysterious Simurgh arises when Faizah and her friend discover their teacher's disordered house and evidence of his abduction, and an apparent note in one of his books that they interpret as a message from him to seek the Simurgh in order to find the missing Wafai. The kids fall for it, despite holes in their reasoning one could drive a camel caravan through, and a series of arrangements and manipulations follows that lets each of the four escape their families and embark on the quest.

They're being manipulated themselves, though, and end up caught in a struggle between War and Peace (not exactly Good and Evil as the blurb suggests, but close enough), with the gods maneuvering them into taking sides. The original problems are ultimately resolved, but not before the protagonists wind their way through the divine squaring off.

This book is quite well written, and the quality of the writing drew me in immediately. The characters are also nicely drawn, particularly Faizah herself, who is engaging and easy to identify with. On the basis of superior characterization and writing, Quest For the Simurgh merits four stars.
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