Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook
by Mark Simon Smith
Cover Art: Mark Simon Smith
Interior Illustrations: Derek K. Gebler
Published by Mark Simon Smith, 2012
From the back cover: Queen Gobbledeegook has gone missing and it is up to Sir Nathan, the Hero of Mariskatania, to find her. Along the way he meets all sorts of odd folks, including pixies and wizards and a hulking creature named Mitzy that likes to knit.The land of Mariskatania is a colorful one, filled with bright Jubb Jubb Trees and fuzzy, blue Hobnobber Squirrels who spend all their time looking for a snack guaranteed to poison them.
This very clever and very silly adventure book is definitely one of my new favorites. The writing is crisp and exciting, and the totally out-of-the-box humor is amazing. I laughed, and I mean, I laughed a lot!
Sir Nathan is a great character: he is short, determined, somewhat scatter-brained, and he "hates evil" most of all. And although the "evils" don't turn out to be so evil after all, Sir Nathan tackles each evil situation with the utmost fierceness.
Princess Abbey, Tupolev, Sir Nathan's talking horse, and all of the other characters are quirky, interesting, and just plain fun.
The interior illustrations are black and white line drawings by Derek K. Gebler and are a wonderful addition to the story.
This book is imaginative and lively. A book that is easy and fun to read, and a book that any reluctant reader would definitely stick with. It is also a book that anybody, of any age, would thoroughly enjoy.
Mark Simon Smith's book 2, Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task: Another Somewhat Silly Story, is also available.
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