- File Size: 5590 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Publication Date: June 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CQRCBWK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #9620 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Literature & Fiction
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What I Liked: Amanda Tero did a great job with this short story. She definitely has a special knack for short stories. As a writer I can understand how hard it can be to write a whole story in just a few thousand words that doesn't leave too many details out or seem rushed. I did not feel either of those things with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a funny side note, at the time I read this book I was reading in the book of Job in the Bible and a couple days after I finished this book I came to the chapter where God describes Leviathan. I thought that was quite interesting timing. :D
I think Anath was a very relatable character. He had suffered great loss in his young life and he felt embittered and angry. I so enjoyed the journey Anath went on in search of Leviathan and coming to discover his own heart issues. I loved the ending to the story and I also appreciated the encouraging, Biblical points Amanda Tero made throughout this story. It encouraged me that God is always in control and He always desires to guide us. I was encouraged to always obey my Lord and have a tender heart toward His leading.
I felt that this book was Biblically accurate. This author did a fantastic job of sticking to the facts listed in the Bible about Leviathan.
Oh, and the illustrations through the book were great, too!
What I Didn't Like: I don't think there was anything I didn't like.
I give this book 5 stars for another excellent story by this author. I can't wait to read more stories published by her.
*Please note: I was given a ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own
Author: Amanda Tero
Genre: Historical Fiction
Era: Biblical – Time of Job
Publisher: Amanda Tero
Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Quest for Leviathan by Amanda Tero
I’ve said “WOW!” a lot in reference to this novel. “Wow” when I heard that Amanda was writing it, as in, “Wow, I can’t wait to read that!” “Wow” when I saw the cover. And, finally, “Wow” when I finished the book.
However, I have to write an entire review using other words, so here goes!
(Also, let me take a moment to say … the illustrations are top notch! Wow! I don’t suppose Natalie Nelson is looking for more clients …? I will eventually have a project that needs illustrations, so I’m starting to do my research, haha.)
Let’s take a brief moment to appreciate this …
THERE WAS A LEVIATHAN! AND IT WASN’T TREATED LIKE A FANTASY ELEMENT! THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR 11-YEAR-OLD ME!!!
I don’t know if I ever told you this, but I wrote a lot of “science fiction” stories as a child about “Dr. Kelly and Her Assistant James” (me and my brother) going to find things like the Loch Ness Monster/plesiosaur/Elasmosaurus, Big Foot (which I actually don’t believe exists, haha) (unless we’re talking about some lunatic who hasn’t shaved in ten years), and the Behemoth/Mokele Mbembi/Apatosaurus. (Also, forgive me if I’ve forgotten spellings by now!)
I also wrote a page of the next book in the series … in which Dr. Kelly, her assistant James, and their daredevil baby brother Thad were going to track down the Leviathan (a.k.a. Kronosaurus) (can you tell I’ve thought this out?) (though now I think I messed up and got the wrong plesiosaur. I may need to do some more research).
ANYWAY … suffice to say this is really my subject. So I was absolutely thrilled when I heard about this book!
The plot was amazing. Job 41 has gotta be one of my favorite books in the Bible, and it was amazing to see a fictional Leviathan spring to life on the pages! It was an exciting adventure story with a beautiful beginning, middle, and end.
The only thing I can think of is the ending may have been a little rushed – but that could partially be because I wanted more, so it didn’t detract from my rating. ;)
There weren’t tons of characters – it’s a short story, after all! – but these few were developed quite well.
Anath was definitely a cool guy! His character arc was beautifully done. I really enjoyed seeing him grow.
I liked the mentor character a lot. It was fun to see the Bible “quoted,” kinda (as in paraphrased) in a time before the Bible was actually written down. He seemed like a very wise and likable man.
Anath’s best friend was great. I wish we’d had more of him! He was the kind of best friend who is just … amazing. I don’t know any other way to describe it. But best friend relationships are always fun to see portrayed in fiction.
Well done, Miss Tero! I know a bit about this time and the galleys and whatnot (I know, I have so many obsessions in random historical eras). It all seemed super accurate.
I’m 100% with you on not doing period-accurate dialogue to the extent where you say word for word what they would have said. I love Shakespeare, but I don’t need that level of lack of understandability in every story I read. ;)
Quite well-done. No typos, grammatical errors, or anything distracting like that. Miss Tero’s style is readable and informative without giving too many details.
She has a beautiful way of speaking truths without coming off too preachy or too vague. She’s not afraid to say, “Hey, this is how it works!” but at the same time she’s not like, “DO AS I (I MEAN GOD DIDN’T I SAY GOD?) SAY OR ELSE …!” Which wouldn’t work, of course, because it’s about your heart.
Violence: a battle at sea, no gore/details of any kind of thing. A character is wounded resulting in him losing control of his arm, no details given. Characters are mentioned to have lost their lives in a sea battle, no details.
Anyone 10+ would probably enjoy this story thoroughly with no reservations. Younger children would also enjoy it – and it has a great lesson! – but parental guidance might be a good idea because the Leviathan is a little scary.
This short story was exciting yet meaningful, had great description and all the history my heart desired without being too detailed, and, of course, it’s about the Leviathan.
Should you read it? Yes.
This book has something for everyone – history, science (if you think about it the way I do!), great characters, thrilling adventure, and a powerful theme. I’d definitely recommend it!