Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors

Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors

by William Nicholson
     
 

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This first novel in the Noble Warriors sequence begins when sixteen-year-old Seeker's older brother is publicly humiliated and--with no explanation--exiled from the Nomana, a revered order of warrior monks. Seeker refuses to believe that his beloved older brother is capable of committing a betryal that would warrant such severe consequences, so he sets off

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This first novel in the Noble Warriors sequence begins when sixteen-year-old Seeker's older brother is publicly humiliated and--with no explanation--exiled from the Nomana, a revered order of warrior monks. Seeker refuses to believe that his beloved older brother is capable of committing a betryal that would warrant such severe consequences, so he sets off alone on a journey to rescue his brother and find out at last 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.

An epic coming-of-age story about courage, friendship, desire, and faith, Seeker marks the beginning of a riveting new series.

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152058661
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Noble Warriors Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
638,634
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.16(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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.

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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