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Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors

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When his brother is exiled from the Nomana without any explanation, sixteen-year-old Seeker sets off on a journey to rescue him—and to find out what really happened. Along the way, he meets two other young people who are on quests of their own, and in a shocking turn of events, the three are soon caught up in a harrowing and bloody race to save the Nomana—and themselves—from destruction.
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Overview

When his brother is exiled from the Nomana without any explanation, sixteen-year-old Seeker sets off on a journey to rescue him—and to find out what really happened. Along the way, he meets two other young people who are on quests of their own, and in a shocking turn of events, the three are soon caught up in a harrowing and bloody race to save the Nomana—and themselves—from destruction.
    
Includes an interview with the author and a teaser to Jango, the next book in the series.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Nicholson's real strength is his ability to create vivid scenes full of dynamic action and quirky characters, keeping things moving in cinematic style for an entertaining read." --Locus

"Nicholson is a brilliant storyteller. And his newest book is both profound and realistic in the most important ways: It's honest, vibrant, and filled with the beautiful and painful details of real life."—The Philedelphia Inquirer

From the Publisher
"Nicholson's real strength is his ability to create vivid scenes full of dynamic action and quirky characters, keeping things moving in cinematic style for an entertaining read." --Locus

"Nicholson is a brilliant storyteller. And his newest book is both profound and realistic in the most important ways: It's honest, vibrant, and filled with the beautiful and painful details of real life."—The Philedelphia Inquirer

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-On the island of Anacrea, monks protect and serve the All and Only god, who created the world. Seeker has always wanted to be a Noble Warrior like his older brother. Morning Star, a hill girl, wants to become a fighter for justice. Wildman, a river bandit, decides he wants the peace and power of the Nomana, a revered order of warrior monks, for himself. Each hopes to be selected to join the community. Together, they forge a bond that tethers them through a storm at sea, a kidnapping, and a plan brewing in the golden city of Radiance to destroy Anacrea. The scheming Soren Similin's complicated maneuverings are thwarted by coincidental meetings and the hand of fate, leaving plenty of room for sequels. Anacrea and Radiance, with their attendant theologies, are built carefully in this slowly paced story. The main characters struggle to find their identities and places in the world, and begin to show the characteristics they will need to fulfill the larger destiny that the All and Only has in store. Michael Page does a fine job with the narration of this first book (Harcourt, 2006) in William Nicholson's projected series. Seeker's quiet determination, Morning Star's soft sarcasm, and Wildman's exuberance are deftly conveyed, and Soren Similin shines with devious greed. This fantasy will be popular with fans of the genre in public and school libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152058661
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Noble Warriors Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 961,371
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.76 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

William Nicholson is the author of the acclaimed Wind on Fire trilogy as well as the screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands. He lives in Sussex, England.

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Sunrise
 
Seeker woke earlier than usual, long before dawn, and lay in the darkness thinking about the day ahead. It was high summer, with less than a week to go before the longest day of the year. In school it was the day of the monthly test.
 
            And it was his sixteenth birthday.
 
            Unable to sleep, he rose and dressed quietly so as not to wake his parents, and went out into the silent street. By the light of the stars, he made his way to the steps that zigzagged up the steep hillside, and began to climb. As he did so he watched the eastern sky, and saw there the first pale silver gleams on the horizon that heralded the coming dawn.
 
            He had decided to watch the sun rise.
 
            At the top of the steps the path flattened out and led into the stone-flagged Nom square. To his right rose the great dark mass of the Nom, the castle-monastery that dominated the island; to his left, the avenue of old storm-blasted pine trees that led to the overlook. He knew these trees well; they were his friends. He came to this place often, to be alone and to look out over the boundless ocean to the very farthest edges of the world.
 
            There was a wooden railing at the far end of the avenue, to warn those who walked here to go no further. Beyond the railing the land fell away, at first at a steep slope, and then in a sheer vertical cliff. Hundreds of feet below, past nesting falcons and the circling flight of gulls, the waves broke against dark rocks. This was the most southerly face of the island. From here there was nothing but sea and sky.
 
            Seeker stood by the railing and watched the light trickle into the sky and shivered. The band of gold now glowing on the horizon seemed to promise change: a future in which everything would be different. With this dawn he was sixteen years old, a child no longer. His real life, the life for which he had been waiting so long, was about to begin.
 
            The gold light was now turning red. All across the eastern sky the stars were fading into the light, and the feathery bands of cloud were rimmed with scarlet. Any moment now the sun itself would break the line of the horizon.
 
            How can a new day begin like this, he thought, and nothing change?
 
            Then there it was, a blazing crimson ball bursting the band of sea and sky, hurling beams of brilliance across the water. He looked away, dazzled, and saw the red light on the trunks of the pine trees and on the high stone walls of the Nom. His own hand too, held up before him, was bathed in the rays of the rising sun, familiar but transformed. Moving slowly, he raised both his arms above his head and pointed his forefingers skyward, and touched them together. This was the Nomana salute.
 
            Those who wished to become Noble Warriors entered the Nom at the age of sixteen.
 
            He heard a soft sound behind him. Turning, startled, he saw a figure standing in the avenue. He flushed and lowered his arms. Then he gave a respectful bow of his head, because the watcher was a Noma.
 
            “You’re up early.”
 
            A woman. Her voice sounded warm and friendly.
 
            “I wanted to see the dawn.”
 
            Seeker was embarrassed that she had seen him making the salute to which he was not entitled; but she did not reprimand him. He bowed again, and headed down the avenue, now flooded by the brilliant light of the rising sun. As he passed the Noma, she said, “It’s not necessary to be unhappy.”
 
            He stopped and turned back to look at her. Like all the Nomana, she wore a badan over her head, which shadowed her face. But he sensed that she was half smiling as she met his gaze.
 
            “I am unhappy.”
 
            The Noma went on gazing at him with her gentle smile.
 
            “Who are you?”
 
            He gave his full name, the name his father had chosen for him, the name he hated. “Seeker after Truth.”
 
            “Ah, yes. The schoolteacher’s son.”
 
            His father was the headmaster of the island’s only school. He was raising Seeker to be a teacher like him.
 
            “Your life is your own,” said the Noma. “If it’s not the life you want, only you can change it.”
 
Seeker made his way slowly back to the steps, and down the steps home, his mind filled by the Noma’s words. All his life he had done what his father had asked of him. He had always been top of his class, and was now top of the school. He knew his father was proud of him. But he did not want to live his father’s life.
 
            Seeker wanted to be a Noble Warrior.

Copyright © 2005 William Nicholson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thought that this was going to be a really good book when I got it for my b-day, but it was pretty lame and boring! The first 380 or so pages were completely uninteresting, and the only things that kept me reading was 1. Morning Star and 2. to say I had. I am really unimpressed by this book, and I would only recomened it for those who have a lot of time to sit and read boring books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Great Book

    As a few people say it is a little slow to start but boy was I glad I stuck with it. This book was great and very much worth it. and trust me the next two books are twice as good.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    Seeker (full name Seeker after Truth) has dreamed, his whole life, of becoming a Nomana, a Noble Warrior. A protector of the All and Only, the god who made all things. The desire to be one has only grown stronger since his brother, Blaze of Justice, became a Noble Warrior. Seeker knows that this is his destiny, never mind that his father expects him to become Teacher. Now he is sixteen, old enough to go before the Nom and offer himself, and hope that they accept him. <BR/><BR/>Morning Star is the daughter of a sheep herder. Years ago her mother left them to become a Noble Warrior. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, Morning Star intends to leave the hills she's always known, and join her mother in service to the All and Only. Her only worry is leaving her father; she is his world. She's not too worried about being denied by the Nomana; after all her mother is a Noble Warrior. If that's not enough, there are the colors. The colors surround all people, and change a little based on someone's mood and intentions, but everyone has colors around them. Morning Star can see them, and has learned to read them. She will journey to Anacrea to find her destiny. <BR/><BR/>Wildman has never known his family. He's never even really known friendship, or loyalty, or honor. He certainly doesn't know about the All and Only. All he's ever known is survival at any cost. In the midst of an attempted robbery, Wildman encounters a Nomana, though he doesn't know what that is. What he knows is that he's glimpsed a power far stronger than his own, and a peace he never imagined. Wildman wants these things, and what Wildman wants, Wildman always gets. He too will offer his services to the Nom, though he doesn't really think of it in those exact terms. <BR/><BR/>A stranger, more disjointed group could hardly be imagined. But through drastically unexpected circumstances, a group they become. As it turns out, they can all learn an awful lot from each other. Maybe they can even help each other. Maybe they can even save Anacrea and the Nomana from the threat of their enemies. If they can survive their journey, they may even find their destinies. <BR/><BR/>A wonderfully, beautifully, frighteningly well-imagined world, full of strong and interesting characters. No one is one sided; Morning Star is strong but capable of vulnerability, Seeker is determined but still scared sometimes, and Wildman is primal but lovable. Actually, I think Wildman is my favorite character. <BR/><BR/>This is so many different stories all in one great book. It's a story of strength and power. It's a story about friendship and loyalty and family. It's a story about faith and destiny. It's a story about life, and a story about people. It may not take place anywhere you could recognize, but all of the characters contain bits and pieces you see in other people and in yourself. The bad and the good. The best part is, it doesn't end here. This is only book one. I don't know how many there will be, but I'm very much looking forward to all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Seeker

    It was pretty disappointing. Slow through out the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    A Happy Student

    My classmates and I were fortunate to get to read this book before it hit the shelves. Reading this book was a delight. You can easily relate to the characters and feel as part of their group as the unlikely team goes on to try and conquer. A good moral story, I feel that it is one meant to share.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    seeking the adventure

    Reading Seeker was enjoyable in every aspect of the word for it brings about not only a cast of colorful characters, but also a series of difficult situations that require interesting and out of the box answers! Its the type of story that brings together complete opposites, the likes of which only works because of a shared goal. You could have a deep afluent backdrop of starlight and wonder, and then with a turn of the page be tossed into a scene of yelling and crazy occurences, and it all works! If your looking for a good adventure book with diffrent characters and a fairly new plot line then check this one out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    creative,sparkly and adventurous

    the book in the new series of william nicholson is amazing and makes you want to read on i read the book in two days because it was so good and i can't wait to read the second book, seeker and two people he meet on the way come together in their ultimate goal to become nomanas who are the one with the power and respect. A MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Wow!

    This book is amazing! I loved the characters and the twists in the story. But what I most liked about it was the humor that characters like Wildman and Morning Star brought to the story. That made it fun to read, and I enjoyed the fascinating Nomana, and the setting of the story. I loved it! Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    delightful young teen fantasy

    On the island of Anacrea, Seeker turns sixteen, which means he is now a man. His father, the island¿s schoolteacher expects Seeker to follow in his footsteps replacing him one day, but the teen prefers to pursue the steps of his older brother, a Nomana 'Noble Warrior. --- Thus he leaves his family to attempt to become a Nomana at the annual Congregation where candidates are selected. His dream is shattered when he is rejected and told to leave. Depressed he meets two other failures, Morning Star and Wildman, a girl and a river rat thief respectively. They commiserate with one another, but Seeker is stunned when he learns the Nomana has publicly exiled his hero, his brother. Needing to know why, Seek and his two allies begin a quest to learn the truth as he refuses to believe his sibling would betray his warrior monk peers. However, their mission turns dramatically dangerous as the trio learns the Nomana are in jeopardy from an insidious powerful enemy who wants them dead sacrificed off the walls of the great city of Radiance. --- This delightful first tale in the Noble Warriors series targets middle schoolchildren, but adults will also enjoy the coming of age saga due to the escapades of the lead threesome. Their characterizations along with that of several Nomana elders make this fantasy realm seem real. Their adventures turn the story line into an action-packed thriller from the moment the three teens meet and never slows down as they set out to prove they deserve being Nomana. Readers will enjoy trekking with the trio on their quest. --- Harriet Klausner

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