Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Book Review of Quest for Leviathan and Interview!

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the Leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

My Review

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction.

My Rating: 5 Stars.

Recommendation: Anyone, it would be a great family read.

My favorite character/s:  I liked all of the characters, they were well developed. I loved Kanah, I think he was my favorite character.

My Verse for Kanah is Ruth 1:16

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: King James Version.

My thoughts: I love how lessons are always part of Amanda's books, and Quest for Leviathan has a great lesson about giving control over to God, and to let God be God, I loved the ending and how Amanda wove Scripture into Quest for Leviathan.

I received an ARC of the Quest for Leviathan from the author in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.

Interview with Amanda

What was your favorite thing about writing Quest for Leviathan?

Can I answer plural? ;) Leviathan… writing a sea-voyage… fitting Scriptural teachings in before it was published… All of these are the highlights of this story for me.

Who or what inspired you to write Quest for Leviathan?

I was actually reading through the book of Job, not even searching for a story, when the thought crossed my mind, “A boy whose father was killed by Leviathan. He is angry at L, and he is angry at God—yet just like Job needed to realize the power of God, so does he.”

Do you think you will do more stories like Quest for Leviathan?

I would love too! I enjoyed traveling the seas and I enjoyed writing a Biblical-fiction-type story.

Would you say that writing Quest for Leviathan helped you to grow as a writer and if so how?

Definitely. It probably helped me most to not be scared of using my imagination. Because, believe it or not, though I’m a writer, I’m not a super imaginative writer. Writing in such an old era, I couldn’t rely on historical facts. I had to imagine somewhat how Leviathan looked. I had to imagine what type of contraptions Anath would have built to fight against Leviathan. I had to use a lot of historical license, and I’m not used to that.

Did writing Quest for Leviathan help you grow in your walk with God?

When I think back to the whole process of this story and the things I’ve been going through in life… I think the main thing God has taught me is along the lines of trust in Him (again). I’m a big schedule-person, but His timeline is perfect. Completely perfect. I wanted to have this short story done in one month, it took one year. But if it hadn’t taken a year, there are certain things that wouldn’t have been set in place for its release. Which is such a valuable lesson for me right now, as I’m about to start college (for the first time) and my writing may have to take back burner. God knows what He’s doing, and His timing for all of my ideas will be perfect!

Was it harder to write Quest for Leviathan then your other books since it was a new genre?

You know, writing “Quest for Leviathan” definitely was harder. There were a lot of new things in it for me: the era, the setting, even the whole plot (man vs. beast). It was hard, but completely worth it, and I’d do it again!

What was your favorite snack while writing Quest for Leviathan? (Coffee and chocolate count of course!)

Haha! Dark chocolate, of course. ;)

Where is your favorite place to write? (And would you be willing to share a picture of your favorite place to write?)

Sure, I’ll send a picture! My most common place to write is actually at my desk. I have written outside on the swing or downstairs with my family milling around, but I like to write in quiet space with as few distractions as possible.

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About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age — reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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