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Quest For The Faradawn

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  155 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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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Jade Aspinall
This book is beautifully written, with love towards nature and animals, and highlights the certain cruelty that animals recieve from humans (e.g, fox hunting etc.)

However, certain parts of the book did remind me of Watership Down (which I haven't even read) and Lord of the Rings (again, something I found difficult to read, but loved the films). The majority of the novel consisted of the main band of characters just walking across the country side, without running into much danger.

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Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't agree with the philosophy of this book (being a hunter), but I still liked the story.
Kit Domino
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this years ago and again recently. One of my all time favourite books, and that of my daughter's. Enthralling to the end.
Anya Rostov
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You might like it if Lord of the Rings had never been written...

I had mixed feelings while I was reading this book. The first couple of chapters into the story introduces a boy named Nab whose progressing story initially follows a "Jungle Book" theme. He's raised by animals, first viewed as their enemy and later regarded as the "the one from the prophecy who would save them all." Rather typical, but I could buy into it for the sake of the story. The first third of the book resembles Watership Do
Terri Lynn
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I read this in the early 1980's and found a copy in the library now over 30 years later and couldn't resist reading it again. The animals of the forest and fields have an enemy- humans. They come into the animals' world gleefully murdering fox, deer, rabbits, partridges and other birds, badgers and more. The animals have created a system with an owl Warrigal and a badger Brock who warn the animals when the humans are coming with their killing sticks (guns) as does a dog Sam who lives with humans ...more
Mike Heyd
Much of this book is beautifully written by an author whose love and respect for the natural world shines through again and again. Reading it I was reminded of the neighbor who told me how her husband gave up small game hunting after he went to retrieve a squirrel he had shot and found the animal trying to wipe the blood from its eyes with its paw. If the quest of the title had been as well told as the rest of the tale this would have been a very good book. Unfortunately, this was not the case. ...more
Angela Oliver
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
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adrian Rose
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have read and reread this one more times than I can count, and it always seems fresh and new each time. Definitely one of my all-time favorites! Just make sure you read the author's note at the end for this one to be the truly great one that it is.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago, but it is one of my favorites! Fantasy with animal characters that anyone could relate to. Made a big impact on me and the way I feel about all of God's creations.
Marcus Pailing
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I loved it when I read it about 35 years ago. I don't know if I'd give it four stars now, but I'll go with what I thought at the time.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although intended as a children's book, there is an underlying adult theme with humans as evil headed for self-destruction. Told from the animals perspective, one can feel their fear of humans.
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son is starting to get into some bigger chapter type books. This was a good one with wordy chapter, followed by a comic book style chapter
Leandra Cantrell Shaver
I couldn't get into it.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One on my Read Again shelf. A heroic quest with animal companions rather than human, with the fate of the world in their hands and paws. I never expected the end.
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Richard Ford lives and writes in the remote wilds of the English Peak District with his wife Claire and their dog Gyp. His first novel, Quest for the Faradawn was published in 1982, became an international best seller and rapidly acquired the status of a cult classic. The other two books in the Faradawn trilogy, Melvaig’s Vision and Children of Ashgaroth were also best sellers. After leaving his d ...more
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