Job is one of my favorite books of the Bible, because you know what it talks about? DRAGONS (also referred to as a “Leviathan” in Job) and a Dragon is my ultimate favorite creature. How can you NOT like the Leviathan? I mean, helloooo, impenetrable scales, fire breath, massive creature of the sea! The Leviathan is awesome! So naturally, you can understand, I was eager to read Amanda Tero’s new short story, “Quest for Leviathan”.
About the book:
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.
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 received a free copy of Quest for Leviathan for my honest review.
So basically, when the Leviathan kills his father, this boy is out for revenge, in this story he is faced with disappointments, hurt, anger, and a choice to either turn to God or to turn away.
I think this story’s writing felt natural, and I loved seeing the Leviathan (but wished the meeting with the Leviathan wasn't over so fast! - the sadness of a short story). This book has a great Biblical focus without being “preachy” and I really enjoyed the Biblical references.
Anyway I think this story is good for any age and think that you should definitely check it out!
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But before you rush off to take a look at it, here’s an interview with the Leviathan’s author, Amanda Tero.
~Thank you Amanda for being my very first interview! So glad to have been able to get to know you better! ~
(I’m in bold)
What was your favorite part of Quest for Leviathan to write?
I definitely had a favorite scene, and that was when Anath actually faces Leviathan (yeah… favorite character, favorite scene…it’s all 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 was the hardest part to write?
The hardest part was probably just writing it. I thought it would be an easy idea that I could churn out in one sitting. A full year later, I’m finally publishing it. I can’t exactly say why it was hard to write… it just took a long time to get the flow of the era and the exact words I wanted on paper. But, I can see many blessings that God has hidden in it taking so long to write. :) So I’m not complaining here.
What inspired you to write this story?
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 made you decide to write stories that bring glory to God?
This is actually a long story, but I hope to be brief and not bore you out here. I have loved writing since I was probably six. As I entered my teens, I began to write stories that were exciting and adventuresome, but I had a hard time finding how to fit God into my stories. I mean, I was a Christian, so I had to write Christian, right? I just couldn’t figure it out. I actually took a few years off fictional writing in my late teens because I just couldn’t come to peace with what I was writing and what I should be writing (and how to get there). In that time, I wrote blog posts and inspirational articles. I actually thought at one point that I’d not write fiction again. But, the Lord allowed me to bring it into my life again, and this time, I feel a peace with the balance He’s helped me to find. I don’t write Christian fiction just because I’m a Christian so I “have” to. I write Christian fiction because I personally believe that God has given me a gift in writing, and that He wants me to use it for His glory—and in writing inspirational fiction, I can bring to life spiritual lessons and Scriptural principals.
Any advice for young Christian authors?
Always, always keep Christ first in your life. I know it sounds funny to say it that way, but writing can become an obsession and something that we’ll follow just for the sake of doing something we enjoy (or, living imaginary lives because we’re not content with where God has placed us). If you always pray before, during, and after you write, you’ll be less tempted to write just to gratify your flesh. At the same time, you can enjoy writing—I love writing and get great fulfillment out of it! But, it can be done and still be kept glorifying to God.
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By the way, guys, make sure to go check out the other blogs who are doing posts on Quest for Leviathan:
June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)
The World of the Writer (Review)
Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)
June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Reveries Reviews (Review)
June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
My Purple Pen (Review)
Read Another Page (Review)
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
Maidens for Modesty (Review)
Yahweh Sisters (Review)
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)
June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Lit Aflame [this is MEEEEEEE ] (Review, Interview)
June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)
June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)
June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)
June 22 – Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections (Review)
Views from the Window Friend (Review)
Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)
June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)
SO guys, what do y’all think?
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