Title: Quest for Leviathan
Author: Amanda Tero
Major Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Surrender
Synopsis: After the Leviathan claimed Anath’s father’s life, Anath is determined to conquer it…but when things go awry, he learns there’s something even more important than a dragon to conquer.
Some authors are very good at writing novels. Others are excellent at short stories. Amanda Tero is one of the latter (I’m not sure she’s ever written a novel, so I guess I can’t say for sure one way or the other!). However, I have read quite a few short stories written by her, and each contains a certain charm and depth that I love.
Quest for Leviathan is the most recent one, and in this one she takes a brief mention on the book of Job and expands it into a story. Leviathan, in Job, sounds like a terrifying dinosaur to meet—and that came through very clearly in this story. However, the greater part of the story is about how surrendering to God is the most important thing we can do.
This is a message I needed to hear.
Surrender isn’t an easy concept for me, and I suspect it probably isn’t for anyone else, either. However, I know there’s a lot of hope for those who do come to a place of surrender—“not my will, Lord, let Yours be done”, because God is allowed to do what He needs to do in our lives when we come to Him with open hands.
It’s never easy, though. Yet it’s good—needed—to get the reminder to give up to Him again.
Job faced some pretty tough situations, and many of us wonder how he ever got through. But he had an unchanging trust in the Lord, and surrendered Himself to what God was trying to teach him, and he found victory.
In this story, the enemy is a dinosaur that seems intent on destroying any boat that comes against it. It’s already taken many lives, and now, Anath is determined to destroy him once and for all. Things don’t go so well, though, and he’s left with more questions than answers. Is the real question about whether he will give in to God’s plan for his life or not? Will he ever be able to avenge his father’s death?
This is a beautiful short story set in a time period you don’t typically read much about. I enjoyed reading this interpretation of a Biblical passage in a new way, and I think you might too. It’s a quick read, but a good one.
Note: I was given a free copy of this book from the author, and chose to share my thoughts about it.
WARNING: A man curses on page 14.
Listening Level—Ages 10 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above