What is a quest? Let´s define some key terms:
Quest — literature based on a journey, a road of trials in which a hero hears a call and leaves his home—alone or in the company of others—to search out a treasure. Along the way he undergoes trials, receives aid, fights enemies and may even die, and, if he succeeds in attaining the treasure sought, may change who and what he is.
Archetype — a prototype, a pattern, a common theme, a template in fiction; a flexible pattern of expectations reflective of the human experience; a theme that reflects life, a recurring story or plotline.
Magical Realism — literature based on the intersection of the real and the unreal; focusing on the normal to highlight the supernatural; a melding or collision of realism and magic to pose questions rather than provide answers.
Romance — literature that expresses human wish-fulfillment and dreams; a nostalgic yearning for a simple moral world and the romantic ideals of quest, female beauty, wealth, power and wisdom; a world with a place for and meaning in a higher order; an
orderly, unified world in the hands of an imminent being; a spiritually progressive, purposeful quest.
Tragedy — literature based on serious and important actions which turn out disastrously for the hero or protagonist; catastrophe; a fall from grace or wealth; a narrative that evokes pity, suffering, defeat, respect and awe. Tragedy, by design, is emotionally draining for the reader. A major flaw in the hero predicts that tragedy will come.
The Romantic Hero
The romantic hero is the basis from which all other “hero types” evolve. The romantic hero is usually male, though some scattering of female heroes does occur. Quite often the hero comes to the world through some sort of “divine” or “magical” birth though this difference from his fellows is often not evident until “the call” is heard and “the journey” undertaken.
His human action reflects man’s most hopeful conception of life. He is in service to an ideal through which he can find enduring meaning outside the constraints of the plausible world. The hero within a society that is coherent and transcendent. His quest is progressive and culminates in success.
The romantic hero’s destiny has supernatural origin. His action grows from the eternal power that reflects man’s most hopeful conception of life. In the full story of the quest, the hero dies–either physically or metaphorically–and takes on features of a god finally unified with the mysterious.
He has total human freedom, infinite possibilities for significant action, limitless power. He realizes his dreams and desires and transcends his suffering resulting in a destiny that transforms him to something more than he was.
THE HERO — ROMANTIC, IRONIC, TRAGIC
In stories of “the quest,” heroes are on the brink of a great change. Some heroes are desperately unhappy and experience their lives as a stultifying world, one that, in its very orderliness and familiarity, comes to seem sterile and confining: a kind of wasteland.
In either case, the environment or something in it keeps the hero from changing, from growing—in short, from living. All heroes must recognize their worlds for what they are; must realize the need for change; must have the courage to try.
It is possible for heroes to blunder into the quest, to make come sort of mistake and find themselves quite suddenly embarked on a difficult journey.
Generally, though, something or someone calls the hero to this adventure.
The summons can come from any source: a friend, a relative, a stranger, an alluring object, or an impulse within the heroes themselves.
If the protagonist possesses the necessary courage and resolve, she or he is off on the quest, however fearful or arduous it may seem.
Narrative romance is the oldest, simplest, most predictable and inevitably hopeful story pattern. Yet the reader questions throughout. There seems to be doubt though there is none at the end.
Romance expresses the human need to fulfill wishes and to dream.
Romance causes the reader to yearn for a simple moral world and the romantic ideals of the “quest” — beauty, wealth, power, wisdom.
Romance offers the reader a world with a place for love and meaning in a “higher order” where the world is orderly and unified in the hands of an imminent being.
Romance presents a spiritually progressive, purposeful quest.
This is the Quest for the Holy Grail, the blood of Jesus Christ himself. At stake is the fate of the world. Set in a cave in Valencia, Spain, in Glastonbury, England, and the very bowels of the Underworld, it is dialogue driven, fast paced, and unpredictable.
Emily and David must race against time to find the Holy Grail before Alicia, the Sorceress, finds it. Alicia has dragons and demons from the Underworld to help her. Both barely 18 years old, all Emily and David have on their side is David’s stories and Emily’s courage. This is an uneven fight if there ever was one!
David and Emily will use legends, fairy tales, history, mystery, fantasy and mythology in this epic battle of good versus evil.
A real page turner, this fast read will make you think about the power of love in all its forms long after you finish reading. It is the exciting finish to this ancient Story Teller family saga which spans the centuries of recorded time. Its twists and turns will keep readers engaged and guessing until you turn the very last page.
Emily and David must face their worst fears. They discover the past is unwilling to let them live out their lives peacefully, happy and content as the Last Story Tellers. Their stories and their faith in things unseen are all they have in their quest to save the world from Alicia, the Sorceress, who has been waiting a thousand years for this opportunity to rule the world!
Alicia’s desire for power and immortality leads to the ultimate showdown of good vs evil. Emily and David will find themselves forced to make decisions that will affect all eternity.
On their quest to save the world, they will be met with sisters and sorcery, magic and mysticism, devils, dragons and demons. Emily and David’s quest will rekindle your faith in the power of redemptive love. “Everyone deserves a second chance” is a theme that flows throughout the book.
— Thomas Jerome Baker (@profesortbaker) June 23, 2018