Sunday, May 2, 2010

Gina's Review: Quest for the Simurgh

I’m pleased to report that my guest reviewer is back today to share an unusual adventure story featuring Persian mythology for the middle grade reader: Quest for the Simurgh by Marva Dasef

Gina’s Review: Quest for the Simurgh

Quest for the Simurgh is a great book about a girl named Faiza who wants to find out why the village magician has disappeared. She thinks he left a clue for her, because she finds his most precious book open and marked with an x with chalk. She thinks he is telling her to seek the magical birds the Simurghs who are not very far away. She and three boys from her class head to the mountains where the Simurghs are said to be found. They meet a strange little man who said he would bring them to the Simurghs. But he is actually a spirit leading them to a battle between good and evil. Faiza meets the good goddess Anahita who tells her about the war the spirit is bringing them to. The goddess persuades Faiza to help her win the war and warns her that the boys will betray her.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes Fantasies and Myths. This book has lots of magical creatures from the Middle East like Simurghs, Gods, Griffins, Flying Horses, and lots more. My favorite part is when Faiza and the boys enter the war and you wonder if the boys are on the good or the bad side.

Thank you, Gina, for taking time out of your busy Zelda-playing schedule to stop by my blog today! You can learn more about the mythology behind Quest for the Simurgh or check out some of Marva Dasef’s other books at her blog/website.


  1. Oooohhhh! I want to scoop her up and carry her around! How cute!

  2. Nice review, and I agree. I think Ms. Dasef's book is great reading for any age. Fun and mystery with great characters.