Seeker: Noble Warriors, Book 1 Book Poster Image

Seeker: Noble Warriors, Book 1

(i)

 

Slow but intriguing start to fantasy series.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Commitment to friendship is important.

Violence

Human sacrifice, some brutal fighting.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People are drugged to make them docile, some wine is consumed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, aside from a few fights, there's not much to be concerned with here, even though it's aimed at older kids. There's a human sacrifice and some brutal fighting. Among other themes, the book espouses a particularly proactive view of commitment to friendship that is unusual and refreshing.

What's the story?

Seeker After Truth, like his older brother, Blaze of Justice, longs to join the Nomana, a priestly warrior cult that protects the one true god from the coming of the Assassin. But his father intends for him to follow in his own footsteps as a scholar.

When his brother is disgraced and cast out of the Nomana, Seeker leaves their island home to find him. Along the way he befriends Morning Star, a girl whose mother left her to become a Noma, and Wildman, a young pirate who wants the power and peace the Nomana offer. Together they travel to the city of Radiance, ruled by priests, where a new weapon is being prepared to destroy the Nomana -- and their god.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

An intriguing premise and terrific characterizations mark the beginning of this series by author and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (Gladiator and Shadowlands) William Nicholson. While there's not a lot of action in this first volume, the intricate and detailed process of setting up this odd little world, encompassing mythologies drawn from several different cultures, is fascinating to read.

The most interesting characters are the secondary ones, especially the hilariously childish and casually murderous Wildman. This is the kind of book that sneaks up on you, having more of an impact a day or two after you finish it. There are several subplots that wind their way through the book like vines and shoots and come twining together at the satisfying climax.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the central theme of faith. How are the inhabitants of Radiance so completely convinced of their faith? How do the priests and king use this faith? Why do people react the way they do when it is shattered? How is it different from the faith of the Nomana? Families also may want to talk about the book series. What is fun about them? Why would publishers be interested in printing them? If you were an author, what would be the appeal of writing a series -- and what would be the challenges?

Book details

Author:William Nicholson
Genre:Fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt
Publication date:May 29, 2006
Number of pages:413

This review of Seeker: Noble Warriors, Book 1 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Rumplestiltskin revealed! Why he did what he did.

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written bySamzout August 30, 2010
Rather dark spiritual oppression throughout. Not good reading for young kids.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old July 12, 2009
amazing characters love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written bylnmdevine July 12, 2009
amazing characters amazing story
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Family Media Agreement