Debra L. Martin and David W. Small’s science fiction/adventure novel has a lot going for it: believable lead characters, a classic coming-of-age narrative, and an interesting mixture of both high-tech science fiction and fantasy elements. The incorporation of Arthurian lore and Stonehenge mythology was a pleasant plot twist–although, I really think Darius, Dyla, and Elasius would have been better served collaborating with a historian rather than an anthropologist. Just saying.
Speaking of our young heroes–the teenaged Darius, Dyla, and Eclasius bear some resemblance to the Harry Potter Generation’s own favorite trio. But that doesn’t mean The Quest for Nobility is derivative: the setting has less to do with spell-casting than aristocratic in-fighting. For the SF reader, that’s par for the course.
Reading time: 2 – 3 weeks. The pace of the plot can be slow at times, but mainly because Martin and Small need some exposition to set up the background for the society of Otharia.
Recommendation: I’d probably classify The Quest for Nobility as Young Adult fiction–not because the ideas or writing are simplistic, but because I can see the characters appealing to a teenage audience. We all like to read about ourselves and ourselves, after all.
The Quest for Nobility is available as an ebook on Amazon for $2.99.