- Series: The Q'ntana Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494851059
- ISBN-13: 978-1494851057
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It reminded me why I used to love fantasies once upon a time. The author managed to spin a quest tale that's true-to-form at its core, yet new and fresh in its imaginative spin on the details. Plus, the writing itself is stellar. What's not to love? This book may not be... old... but it's worthy of being called a classic.
Roger D. Smith
But there is nothing to compare with The Moonquest by Mark David Gerson. He is to be highly commended for his creative mind, his wonderful characters and his ability to make it all come to life on paper. His words truly paint a picture! I am proud to own this book. It is available on Amazon books. I reccommend it highly for all libraries and book stores.
Teacher of Poetry
Brooklyn College City University of New York
Author of Poetry Unplugged (outskirts press)
The Moon Quest tells the story of a far-away land whose poets and storytellers, the Elderbards, are persecuted and hunted down by a tyrant ruler. Toshar, a young bard who is still unaware of the power of his imagination, is the reluctant hero who will save his land and his people. This is clearly fantasy story, with a Frodo-like character facing apparently unsurmountable difficulties and a type of plot which will appeal to most readers of the genre. But The Moon Quest is also a very spiritual story, which addresses the power of the creative soul, and the infinite possibilities that our creative spirit will open, if only we allow it.
Reading a Mark David Gerson novel is akin to a magical journey, where his stunning prose makes you, the reader, feel as if you're walking through an enchanted forest; but at the same time, there's an underlying simplicity in his writing which keeps the story moving along, in a wonderful combination of plot, dialogue and Toshar's inner monologue.
The citizens soon become oppressed, and as every good story must have its heroes, Gerson creates some of the most likable, courageous protagonists I've ever met. I was so into this story that when the young Toshar sets off to "light" the moon and save the land, I "Woo-Hooed" so loud that Tigger leaped off the bed and ran for cover. My heart and soul joined him and his friends in their search ... as though it were my own world that needed illumination ... needed creativity to be restored.
Though fictional, this world became my world due to the author's excellent description and realistic characters ... characters that drew me to them as easily as if they were my next-door neighbors.
Who is the leader of the black-clad armies that terrorize the country? Why does Toshar, a young storyteller, risk his life to come out of hiding? What is an Elderbard and how does Toshar qualify? What is the prophecy about the MoonQuest? What do stories have to do with the quest, and why is the line between vision and reality so unclear? Why does Toshar take on the quest and how does he hope to reignite the moon to save the land? What personal truths must our hero discover?
Gerson's writing is so clear, he carried me through this exciting tale with ease. Through magic, music and universal truths masterfully woven into this gripping tale, I discovered some personal truths and other readers will too.
Yes, The MoonQuest spoke to my heart and will speak to it for many moons to come.
I heartily recommend this book for mid-teens to adults, and look forward to more tales from this fine wordsmith, Mark David Gerson.
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, 2008
Author of: Millennium Babe: The Prophecy