Sabien is a monk, an orphan, and a hunchback. His dog, Rahld, follows him wherever he goes, even though Rahld is too big to fit indoors. When Sabien is forced to leave the village monastery in search of The Light, Rahld follows. And when Sabien engages in hand-to-hand combat with a nine-foot tall demon made of brimstone, Rahld helps.
Escaped demons fear The Light, and they know about Sabien. They know he isn’t actually an orphan or a hunchback. They know Rahld isn’t a dog. Queen Karina suspects he may be more than a monk, and the Guardians that watch from Above know he is.
But no one knows where or what The Light is: not the renegade princess Magnificent, not the wise-mouth assassin Ei Lata’n, not even the werewolf Ska. Sabien has his faith, he has his friends, and he has his dog. If only he had a clue…
About the Author
Shomari T. Black was caught plagiarizing in the First grade. After a stern talking to from his teacher, he decided it would be easier to just write original stories. He started Sabien's Quest when he was sixteen. Learn more at SabiensQuest.com
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Sabien’s Quest: The Light, Zatella, daughter of Father Ryos, and her infant son Kriz-tien, barely escaped from being captured by a Kaynai soldier, General Kolim, when she succeeded in seeking sanctuary at the Temple of the Creator. Unfortunately, Zatella’s survival is not meant to be, leaving her son in the care of the monastery and renamed Sabien by his grandfather. Raised as a monk, Sabien is unaware of his royal lineage. When his home is mercilessly burned down, Sabien sets off on a mission to make the perpetrators pay for their crimes. Little does he know that a great destiny awaits him. This first installment of the series is written by Shomari T. Black. I admire the way Shomari weaves this fantasy story with Christianity. However, a subtle religious tone would have been better as the story tends to sounds sententious at times. That aside, Shomari's prose is excellent and clear with no redundancy. The setting is faultless and the action scenes are good, particularly the early scene that starts off in the beginning, where Zatella was trying to escape the Kaynai soldier. As this is the first book of a series, it is of course a must for any author to leave some loose threads to make readers look forward to the next installment. However, I find the ending is a bit hasty. Overall, Sabien’s Quest: The Light is still a solid read that would entice the YA readers to loyally follow the series until the end.