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Quest for the Simurgh: Faizah's Destiny (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Marva Dasef

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The village magician, Wafai, has gone missing. His star pupil Faizah thinks he has left a clue for her on a page of the Magicalis Bestialis. With the page open and marked with an X, she believes Wafai is telling them to seek out the Simurgh, the mythical birds who possess all the knowledge of the universe. She convinces her three classmates that they must seek the help of the Simurgh to find their teacher.

She leads the boys on a difficult journey into the mountains in search of the elusive birds. A strange little man becomes their guide. However, they do not know he is a spirit leading them toward a battle between good and evil. Spirits, gods, and demons confront the four friends, who are being set up by the otherworldly forces for a much larger task than finding their teacher. The students were chosen to take sides in the battle which might spell the end of the world: a battle between the demons and the spirits.

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Marva Dasef lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and a couple of cats. She has published more than forty stories in a variety of print and on-line publications, and several appeared in 'Best of' anthologies. She has several published books. See her website at


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  • Verlag: Texas Boy Publications (14. August 2009)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting 2. Mai 2010
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Quest for the Simurgh is a great book about a girl named Faiza who wants to find out why the village magician has disappeared. She thinks he left a clue for her, because she finds his most precious book open and marked with an x with chalk. She thinks he is telling her to seek the magical birds the Simurghs who are not very far away. She and three boys from her class head to the mountains where the Simurghs are said to be found. They meet a strange little man who said he would bring them to the Simurghs. But he is actually a spirit leading them to a battle between good and evil. Faiza meets the good goddess Anahita who tells her about the war the spirit is bringing them to. The goddess persuades Faiza to help her win the war and warns her that the boys will betray her.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes Fantasies and Myths. This book has lots of magical creatures from the Middle East like Simurghs, Gods, Griffins, Flying Horses, and lots more. My favorite part is when Faiza and the boys enter the war and you wonder if the boys are on the good or the bad side.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesing adventure 22. September 2009
Von Maria Schneider - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is well-edited and well-formatted. It's a cross between YA and a children's story. The concepts are such that it's YA, but things are simplified in some places, and thus it reads for an even younger age (8-9?). Some of the problems presented are quite simple as are the solutions. (Do we accept a girl even though she is a girl, do we trust our friends, do we forgive them and so on.) In some cases, challenges are solved so quickly it is more what I would expect from a young children's book. For example, the children decide to go on a quest--to achieve this they have to make up excuses or lies. This part would have been more believable had they simply run away because some of the scenes didn't ring true at all (especially that of Parvis. I don't believe with his background he would have taken the route he did--nor do I believe his father would have allowed it).

The descriptions and mythology are handled quite well and in good detail. The unusual characters and the various legends were a big strength of this book. However, it is here that I am not certain a younger child would remain engaged because some of the detail spans several pages. The world that is created is quite magical and intriguing in several scenes.

The children in this story reminded me a bit of the Boxcar Children with a spiritual/mental challenge. Each child is given a challenge in the book, but there is not as much depth here as I would expect with a YA. In a normal quest, you would expect a YA to face a challenge that had grown throughout their lives--so perhaps a person who had always been tempted by gold/riches, would have to face that down. This story did not have such a background with every character. When it did have "past doubts" it was not as well-developed as I would have liked. I would have liked to see the self-doubts early--and then have to see them faced down.

Although I don't know quite where this story fits age-wise, it is well-written and mildly entertaining. The pace could have been faster, especially in the beginning. The early scenes were used to "setup" the story and the personalities. While done well, I think it could have been done more effectively during the journey. They served a purpose, but were slow.

I think the characterization was good for a children/YA, but not good enough to make the cross to adult (some YA are very good crossovers into adult; this is more a crossover into childrens).

The most interesting thing about the book is the legends and unusual beasts; these were imaginative and fleshed out well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enchanting read 30. März 2012
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As a fan of Marva Dasef's The Witches of Galdorheim Series, I grabbed Quest for the Simurgh quickly when I saw it was available for free. Another charming read that would have been well worth paying for. While roaming enchanted worlds and meeting magical creatures, Faiza and her friends struggle with problems every young and old reader can relate to. Follow your dream or stay loyal to your friends? Why shouldn't a girl be allowed to come along on the quest she suggested? And what to do about those bullies?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good writing and engaging characters 3. September 2014
Von Brian Rush - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Disclaimer: As with most of the books I review, I know the author somewhat on social media.

Quest For the Simurgh is the first volume of Marva Dasef's YA fantasy series Faizah's Destiny, in which we are introduced to Faizah and other characters. Faizah is a plucky, spunky heroine introducing a bit of feminist precociousness into a primitive world where it's not particularly welcome, a not uncommon element in YA fantasy. She's the daughter of a family that eventually intends to marry her off to someone boring, but in this story she breaks her family ties almost inadvertently and without actually recognizing the deed.

The goal of finding the mysterious Simurgh arises when Faizah and her friend discover their teacher's disordered house and evidence of his abduction, and an apparent note in one of his books that they interpret as a message from him to seek the Simurgh in order to find the missing Wafai. The kids fall for it, despite holes in their reasoning one could drive a camel caravan through, and a series of arrangements and manipulations follows that lets each of the four escape their families and embark on the quest.

They're being manipulated themselves, though, and end up caught in a struggle between War and Peace (not exactly Good and Evil as the blurb suggests, but close enough), with the gods maneuvering them into taking sides. The original problems are ultimately resolved, but not before the protagonists wind their way through the divine squaring off.

This book is quite well written, and the quality of the writing drew me in immediately. The characters are also nicely drawn, particularly Faizah herself, who is engaging and easy to identify with. On the basis of superior characterization and writing, Quest For the Simurgh merits four stars.

The one area where I felt it could use improvement is in the plot and story line, which was a bit difficult to follow at times and on occasion broke immersion for me. The protagonists were led on a snipe hunt, essentially, with the gods and the guide they encountered on the road leading them in a completely different direction than they originally intended. That's not a problem in itself, but there were occasions when any character as intelligent as Faizah should have stopped to say, "Wait a minute. Why are we going this way? We should be going that way instead. What are you up to?" I felt this could have been better constructed so as to give the journey greater verisimilitude and make the fast one pulled by the gods and spirits a bit more believable.

Aside from that, this is a good read for young readers, and the stage is set for sequels, which apparently are in the works. I'll add that the technical quality is quite high. The book is well edited, the cover is nice, and the blurb succinct and catching. Always nice to see an author who does that sort of thing right.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quest for the Simugh by Marva Darsef 20. Februar 2010
Von Clayton Bye - Veröffentlicht auf
Reviewer's Note: Since Marva Dasef and I review for the same company, I feel it is important to mention that I purchased my copy of Quest for the Simurgh, Marva did not ask me to write a review (this is an unsolicited, independent review) and I always write what I think.

Quest for the Simurgh
by Marva Dasef
Texas Boy Publications, 2009
eBook, 82 pages

Four teenagers discover their magic teacher, Wafa, has disappeared. The condition of his home suggests he didn't leave willingly. On a table, his teaching book lies open at the section devoted to the mythical bird known as the Simurgh. Someone has chalked a large X across the open pages. Some of the youngsters think he has been kidnapped by mountain raiders. Others feel the X means they are to go in search of the Simurgh. All agree they must go after their mentor.

So begins a quest that takes the young adventurers from their small desert village into the mountains and, with the aid of a strange little man they encounter, right through one of the mountains into an enchanted land, a place full of natural beauty, life, mythical creatures, demons, gods and spirits.

Faiza, the only girl in the group, is unknowingly the tie that binds them all: Bahar, who lives mostly on his own, while his brother works and travels with the region's trading caravans; Harib, the son of the village's richest trader; and Parviz, a recently freed slave who is new to the group.

It is her strength of character, quick wit and natural magical powers that keeps the group alive and together. Although, there's nothing she can do to prevent the fact that all will return home fundamentally changed.

Marva Dasef's Quest for the Simurgh is a well written, solidly edited and smooth reading novella--something of a rarity in this wild, new world of self-publishing. Targeting what Dasef calls Middle Grade readers, the novella is what most would know as juvenile fiction (preteen). Yet I didn't feel bored or as if I was "reading down." No, I was reminded of The Arabian Nights, somewhat modernized. I was definitely introduced to mythological creatures I had never heard before, and I had no difficulty believing I was in a different land.

Dasef's website indicates the Quest for the Simurgh is the beginning of a larger work she calls The Faiza Chronicles. I hope this work is successful enough to see that series come to light.

Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye
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