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Orphan's Quest (The Chronicles of Firma #1)

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Rokey, a poor orphan, has lived his entire life sheltered within the walls of the Noble Contemplative Monastery. Growing up, he never dreamt anything would haunt him more than the riddle of his parents' identity. But at seventeen, Rokey is discovering that while his roommate, Ely, can think only of girls, his own feelings draw him toward other boys instead. Soon the questi ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Glynworks Publishing
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Rokey is a 17-year-old orphan who spent his childhood in the Noble Contemplative, a monastery where young men from all over are educated and trained for their future vocations. While his roommate and closest friend, Ely, thinks about girls, Rokey discovers early on his attraction to boys. An unfortunate accident has resulted in Rokey’s expulsion from the monastery and the only life he’s ever known. During a robbery, Rokey is rescued by a handsome blond elf named Flaskamper and his friends. Toget ...more
Rokey is a novice of the Brotherhood of the Noble Contemplative. He was brought to the Brothers as a young chld, was raised by them and thinks that he will stay with the Brotherhood for the rest of his life. At seventeen he starts to realize that he feels more drawn to his own gender than to girls. This and the question who his parents have been occupy his mind the whole time. One day he is assigned to help the old abbot with his daily tasks but when he makes a mistake and a tragedy occurs he is ...more
Rokey has lived in the Nobel Contemplative, a place where orphaned boys are sent, since he was two. Ever since he was a child, he wondered who his parents are and hoped of one day reuniting with them. When he fails at a job given to him by the administration, he is sent out of the Contemplative, never to return. He is given a small amount of money and a recommendation for work and is set off alone. Rokey wonders what will happen to him, how he will survive. What he doesn't expect how ever, is to ...more
Seventeen year old orphan Rokey is a novice at the Nobel Contemplative Monastery where he has been raised for as long as he can remember. He shares his room with the handsome Ely; Ely thinks of nothing but girls leaving Rokey confused for his feelings tend toward other boys, is he perhaps a “samer”. But all is soon to change for Rokey, after a surprising apparent promotion in duties he as suddenly finds himself expelled from the Monastery and out in the world of Firma for the first time, left to ...more
There is something primal in a quest story that appeals to readers, over and over again. David Eddings made a quest the keystone for every series he wrote. It is what made The Lord of the Rings and Dragonlance such popular fantasy epics. "Orphan's Quest" has all the necessary ingredients for a great quest - the young male hero, his misfit companions, a shadowy menace, elves, faeries, and the lot. The recipe is complete. So, one might expect this to be the same old story. Thankfully, it is not. C ...more
After having finished this just now, I feel like I just read a 900 page book.. Its says thats its 332 pages but I cant believe thats correct. Nope.. 900 pages at least..

This is about Rokey, a 17 year old guy, who was on his way to become a Brother which I guess is some kind of munk, even though the novices had sex with the girls in town?

Either way, he gets kicked out for something that wasnt his fault, and he meets up with 4 misfits one night, where a young elf, Flash, saves his life. Yes, the
Rebecca B.
This book is an exciting and action packed romp through a world that comes to life for the reader. Rokey is a young orphan who, through a bad choice and much malicious plotting, is forced out of the only life he's ever known. Alone on the road he meets a wandering group of misfits who he instantly fits in with. As soon as he joins them, however, they are beset with a number of dangerous situations that seem to follow them. Throughout the book Rokey and the group search for the answers to why all ...more
Alexander Draganov
Quest fantasy about a group of misfits, which include a monk, who happens to be gay, a charming rogue Elven prince, a warrior with a dark past, a mysterious beautiful woman with a terrible secret and a gentle giant, who loves animals. They must travel trough the magical land of Firma and unravel a deadly plot against the main character - the banished monk Rokey. The story is nice and the characters are likeable. I dock one star because of one part of the book which seemed poor and included highl ...more
Jordan Deen
I loved this novel. The mystical world Pat Nelson Childs creates is high fantasy and amazing. I love the sweet teasing and flirting between Rokey and Flackskamper. It's an awesome story. It is a visually dynamic book and I'm looking forward to reading the second novel!
I really liked it, it has everything you'd want in a fantasy story and is still original and leaves you wanting more. I'll be getting the second book. And I look forward to what the author will come out with next.
This book is written by a friend of mine, and its great book in a narrow genre. Gay fantasy. I love the plot and I'm taken away into a world of acceptance, elves, and magic potions. I recommend it!!
Jul 25, 2014 Lb rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I didn't hate it but didn't love it either. Kind of cheesy by had ok parts. There is a second book but didn't have any interest in continuing the series.
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I am a fantasy and sci-fi writer whose books feature gay, lesbian and bisexual heroes. I also mentor GLBT youth.
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