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.
About the Story
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.
From the time I heard of this book, I was anxious to read it. The one home school study that I recall as being the most fun and informative was the study we did about dragons — Leviathan being one of them. And as I read this little gem, I desperately wished it had been written ten years earlier — this would have been the perfect short story to read in an afternoon to come along the study and reinforce it in our little minds!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was well written, the plot was well developed, and the research and history that was included was amazing, since there isn’t a lot known about this time in history. The information was woven seamlessly into an intriguing tale, one that kept the little brother I read it out loud to on the edge of his seat =)
The message of the story wasn’t preachy, but it was definitely there, and I appreciated that. I appreciated Joed’s wisdom, and the lesson Anath learns is one we could all do with remembering. But my absolute favourite part of this book was how Ms. Tero skillfully wove so much scripture into the story. There are so many references, integrated into the framework of the book that it was a blessing to read.
My favourite quote pretty much sums up the book: “If we were to understand all of the ways of God and His workings, then we would be above mortal man, and God would not be God.”
I give this book five stars, and most definitely would recommend it for even the youngest of readers. It would make a fantastic read aloud to younger children who can’t read, and it keeps even the older ones entertained. I need to get myself a real copy so I can share it with others, since I tend to pass on books that I really like :D
Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of “Quest for Leviathan” to one winner — one for you, and one for your friend!
Amanda graciously let me question her about her writing habits and this book — here are the answers. My questions will in bold and her answers will be in normal font.
Was there something particular which inspired you to write this book? 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.”
What was your favourite scene to write? Ooh, I definitely had a favorite scene, and that was when Anath actually faces Leviathan! I loved exploring Job 41 and then portraying Leviathan on the pages of my fictional story. Not to mention a sea-battle between man and monster! The confrontation between the two was definitely my favorite!
What kind of research did you do for this story, and how long did you spend researching before beginning to write? Researching for this story was one of the hardest parts. There is very little material from such an early era, so I had to do a lot of guesswork. For example, the trireme probably wasn’t the exact vessel used that early on, but it was the best I could find. So, I did a bit of research on the trireme, the Mediterranean Sea and its storms, and, of course, the Leviathan (the latter I used Job 41 as my primarily resource). Since it was a short story, I researched as I wrote. It was probably 50/50 with the time it took to write the story and the time it took to research.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? My sisters and I always toyed with writing things—from “secret mailbox letters” to silly poems about each other to skits. The most vivid memory I have of my writing actually meaning something was when I wrote my first complete story (I may have been ten?). My heart was completely wrapped around the misery of two orphans that I had conjured up. After completing that story, I knew that writing was going to be a part of my life and not just a fleeting interest.
Is there something that makes writing easier for you? (tea, chocolate, music, candles etc…..) Chocolate for sure! Sometimes music, depending on my mood—since I’m a musician, sometimes I need total silence in order to concentrate (because yes, I will stop to analyze the music I’m listening to if I’m not careful).
What is one important thing that you would want readers to take away from what you have written? The main quote that the entire story wraps around is, “If we were to understand all of the ways of God and His workings, then we would be above mortal man, and God would not be God.” Not only do I want my readers to be reminded of the power of God, I also wish to remind them of Him as a personal Savior, and not just a big scary judge—because, while He is Judge, He also is loving and merciful.
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.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.