Quest For The Faradawn
Quest For The Faradawn
by Richard Ford
Deep in the ancient forest that the creatures called the Wild Wood amid the scented bracken and towering beeches, there were whispers of a legend whose ending was lost in the mists of time. It told of a heroic journey and a saviour destined to possess the secret power of the Faradawn. And so it came to pass, in the time of man's great war, that a human child brought the le...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Delacorte Press/Eleanor Friede
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Aug 09, 2013 Angela Oliver rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, so only have hazy recollections of what actually happened in the plot, but I do remember that there was one thing about it that really bothered me. The main character - the boy that was raised by animals, was journeying across the country being followed by some nasty monsters. And, if I recall correctly, everyone who helped the boy was murdered by the nasty beings. It was terribly distressing and that fact has haunted me over the years that it has been since I r...more
This book isn't typical of what I expect and love about Ford's writing. Even as a vegetarian, aspects of the novel struck me as propaganda, or close enough to it. The characters don't have much depth, and the attention to scenery was so detailed it bored me. Imagine the Redwall series, only with humans and goblins as enemies, and none of the cuteness. Only its graphic and violent nature spares it from complete mediocrity. Perhaps I am being too harsh, but what it comes down to is that if not for...more
This is an unusual and memorable novel with an interesting juxtaposition between the violent world of the 'Urkku' (humans) and the peaceful, hidden world of the elves and animals. There are some beautiful descriptions of Nature and a powerful and timely warning that man's disregard and destruction of the natural world will end in disaster.
Richard Ford (1796–1858) was an English writer. He graduated at Trinity College, Oxford, in 1817, and was afterward called to the bar, but never practiced. He spent four years traveling in Spain and in 1845 published his delightful Handbook for Travellers in Spain, in two volumes. A second edition (1847) was in one volume, and the material left out was published in Gatherings from Spain (1846). Fo...moreMore about Richard Ford...