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'Noman' is the climax of 'The Noble Warriors' trilogy. Seeker, Morning Star and the Wildman's journeys will lead them to question all their loyalties and those they thought they loved. The three are also about to discover the secret behind the Nomana, but not before they realise their enemies are closer than they think....

Title : Noman
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ISBN : 9781405231671
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Noman Reviews

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-01-10 06:22

    Nicholson, William Noman, pgs. 362 Harcourt, 2008. Language - PG; Sexual Content - G; Violence -PG.Seeker is on his continuing journey to kill the last savanter. He goes looking for the old ones. On his long journey he gets some followers. He is confused why he is at odds with a new leader. I liked how if you started reading a book in the series you didn't need to know what was going on before that book. I think that this book would be a good book for our collection. MS, HS - OPTIONAL. Student Reviewer: SH

  • Amanda
    2018-12-24 10:18

    Starting to see a pattern in Nicholson's trilogies. The first book in each trilogy (The Wind on Fire trilogy/The Noble Warriors trilogy) is a pretty straight-forward adventure story featuring three children/young people. They go out in the world and face difficulties using the various strengths they possess within themselves. Pretty enjoyable stuff, and these first efforts have interesting characterizations and novel worlds. By book III, both series had turned into longwinded (oh the humanity) treatises on the nature of belief, the interconnectedness of all souls and how you have to be willing to sacrifice everything (and I do mean everything) to achieve your goals/save the world/do the right thing. I liked "Seeker" and thought "Jango" was okay, though it got darker and sadder (not always a bad thing). Then "Noman" came along and it was only cussedness on my part that kept me from skipping to the last quarter of the book to see what happened.And while I am complaining about the trilogies in general, why don't I add in a specific hap about this one:I thought it was too obvious to have the mystical warrior/king "Noman" being the one who led the people to the "All and Only," the center and whole of everything. Yeah, like that whole "No Man is killing me" thing hasn't been done before (Hi Mr. Odysseus, how long until you get home now?). And having a character called the Joy Boy actually made me feel embarrassed to be reading the book. The Joy Boy. Sounds like the name of a serial killer or a male prostitute in an English police procedural. Ugh.

  • Jayne
    2019-01-04 10:58

    The last in the Noble Warrior's trilogy. I found it to be somewhat cheesy and the ending rather lame. When reading this story, one must keep in mind that the characters are only 16. They constantly ride the rollercoaster of highs and lows, and everything is in absolutes.I recommend that you stick to the first story. The characters don't really develop in book 2 or 3 and it all gets a bit too whimsical. Plus his idea of god ends up being cheesy with a large side helping of cheese.

  • Mark Buxton
    2018-12-30 02:57

    My name is Seeker, and I have one last task to complete. I must kill the last two savanters and protect the All and Only. I almost killed one, but it released its inner lir before the mortal body died. I have heard the last savanter is recruiting thousands of followers by promising them Joy, but he actually plans to achieve immortality by absorbing their lir. I no longer have friends. Wildman is now leading the spiker army, and Morning Star has fallen under Joy Boy's spell; she once was my best friend. Many people along the way have pleaded with me for help, but I have no time for that now. I once used my immense powers to defeat armies attacking the Nom, but it will be of no use in restoring faith in the All and Only. People are searching for a god to lead them out of despair, but their desperation may lead them to death.This book is the conclusion of a trilogy, and you must read the previous two books first. The audience is more for teenagers, as the series involves more spiritual and religious concepts. This third installment especially focused on the abstract ideas surrounding god, so less mature readers might lose interest. Seeker's efforts since the beginning have been to serve the All and Only. His obsession with his mission and his lack of empathy for others was a little disconcerting when compared to his character in book one. I was especially bothered by the ease with which Joy Boy was able to manipulate the minds of others. My concerned reactions are a testament to the author, since effective writing should touch the emotions of readers. This series is more thought-provoking than books I normally read, and it's probably more than middle-grade readers want. I can't recommend the series for these readers, but teens may enjoy it. Readers with strong religious faiths might find the subject matter bothersome.

  • Ben Gutteridge
    2019-01-08 08:59

    Fairly well written, but the story of the whole trilogy was pretty meh as far as fantasy adventure goes. I really liked the first book (it should be noted that I read it when I was a bit younger) but after Jango I found that the characters were very bland and had pretty limited interaction with each other, and the fantasy world of Anacrea was a bit simplistic. The end was a bit preachy too. Fairly quick, moderately enjoyable read, but not great.

  • Aelvana
    2019-01-12 07:11

    Seeker has been charged with the destruction of the savanters. Of the seven, five have already died by his hand. But the two he failed to finish are still out there---still able to prey upon others to extend their own lives. He's determined not to let the last of them get away.For Morning Star and Wildman, peace is its own problem. Wildman is the head of an army with nothing to fight. The lack of something to which he can throw himself into, the lack of something to conquer, is driving him crazy. Wildman wasn't meant to settle down. And Morning Star has the ashes of the realization that her love for him was always only hers. But a charismatic leader promises them both everything they've ever longed for . . .I have mixed feelings about this one. I greatly enjoyed Seeker's journey, but much of its conclusion depends on handwaving about what his powers are capable of and the really confusing relationship between Noman, Jango, and Seeker. I think I see what the story was trying to do, but lir never came off as that kind of power. It was good to see Morning Star shake her infatuation with Wildman. My favorite part of her story was the intriguing look into the community the Joy Boy was building (one wonders why he didn't try to make it last by picking a spot and declaring that the capital). As for Wildman, his turbulent journey took a while to get interesting, but his eventual confrontation with Seeker was brilliant. Even better was Seeker's reaction to the whole mess afterwards.I was disappointed the plot did eventually turn back to the "we are all gods" bit implied by the creed, which makes what happened with the All and Only inevitable. Pity. I was hoping the story would be bold enough to allow the All and Only to be eternal God. So what happens instead is a really convoluted plot hole that trips the whole story up.(view spoiler)[Lir has been shown to come from life and affect the present. Eg, Seeker focuses his own lir to strengthen his body, or to touch someone's mind, or even to shake the earth. But to make the end of the story work at ALL, lir has to be capable of crossing dimensional boundaries. Without time travel (twice) you can't have Seeker AND Jango AND Noman. It might be possible to believe the other two are merely figments of Seeker's memories, except Jango does things off on his own in the previous book while Seeker is going the other direction down the road. And just how did Noman become a young child again, anyway? That was Manlir's triumph and the rest of the savanter's dream. Not to mention Noman the warlord is much more Wildman than Seeker, who has no ambition to rule anyone.And all of that leads to the mess at the end where Seeker lets Echo get eaten up by the force he won't destroy because faith needs an enemy and that enemy is knowledge. The story comes so close but fails to show that faith isn't the problem but whether what you've put your faith in is worth that faith. Seeker's faith is, in the end, in nothing, because the All and Only is a lie just like all the other gods introduced have been lies. (hide spoiler)]In the end it feels like more of the overall story should've been Seeker's, as his arc was a lot more interesting than the other two, especially in the third book. I did like this overall, but it failed to amaze me the way the end of the Wind Singer trilogy did. If you've read the previous books, read this one to cap off the series, but if you haven't read the first two don't even bother. Most of what's going on calls back to things that happened earlier in the series and many of the events just won't make sense without that backdrop. If you have read the first two, I rate this book Recommended.See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....

  • Loren
    2019-01-02 11:08

    "The All and Only is always and everywhere. That's not a lie, Star. It's just a very small part of the truth." -SeekerNicholson's style is more refined here than in his last trilogy. Most of the book flows beautifully, evoking the deepest of emotions with the simplest of words. He makes writing seem effortless and beauty seem precious.So while I love his prose perhaps above all others, I did have an issue with the ending. The book is excellent, the plot is steady, until Dear William decides to fuck with the power balance. Gifting Seeker immense power is fine; there's a higher being to humble him. Gifting Manlir immense power is fine; except his defeat is anti-climactic when contrasted with his earlier suicide. When you strip the All and Only of his powers, nay, his existence you leave the plot rudderless.Now, I know that that's the point. Nicholson is trying to show the reader the great cycle and how independence is sometimes necessary and that 'People need Gods'. But that doesn't make it okay. Yes, the ending was tremendously justified. That doesn't make it any less anti-climactic. Look at 'Firesong'. There the world was cleansed in a much more literal sense, and while I'm all for the rhetoric... this lacked the conciseness that I'm used to.It was for me as it was for the characters. They didn't know what to do with themselves. Order was restored through a lie. And they didn't seem to recover from that feeling of pointlessness that they knew was the truth. Firesong ended with hope. Noman ended with the hope of hope.The world seemed smaller this time. This was perhaps because Seeker seemingly traversed the continent 'tween lines. I did love how each book in the trilogy was another incarnation of Seeker. Just not the idea itself. How exactly, was he Noman and Jango both? If all three existed at once, I mean. It doesn't seem logical and it doesn't explain a thing. J&N were too mysterious to be explained away in such a fashion.I liked it back when the Savanters were Savage. How will I be able to re-read Jango the same way, knowing that they're nothing more than a 'necessary enemy'? That being said I did like Hope living on in Echo, just not how easily she conceded. I guess I just didn't feel how tired of life the Savanters were (what with them mass-murdering to prolong their own and all).This book was about the message. And I loved it, contrary to the bulk of this review. If we're all Gods...Then Nicholson is the one to lead us all.

  • susan
    2018-12-28 03:19

    ...Wow.***I can't call it a spoiler, so unless you are paranoid, read on.***That was really... really... I can't really find a word.Near the end, it started spiraling through revelations about faith, knowledge, and life itself. And finally, the names of the three books were explained, Seeker, Jango, and Noman. They are more than they seem. Or should I say... less?Seeker went through quite a bit in this book, as he usually does, and that one perfect dive became the end of something in all three of our main characters, and a beginning.The All and Only, the Wounded Warrior, the Lost Child, the Loving Mother, the Wise Father... The faith was tested in that one Great Experiment that made up the entire book.Morning Star found who she was looking for.The Wildman found his peace, even if it wasn't what he was expecting.And Seeker learned a lot about himself. He figured out who he was, what he was meant for, and most importantly, he failed. He found the Assassin, but was unable to defeat him. The reasons, however, are a greater surprise than you could imagine.I had low expectations for this trilogy, but now I realize that I could have expected so much more and still have given it high marks. It's quite enlightening, very emotionally touching, and it forms strong bonds between you and the characters.Unexpected betrayals, deceitful Joy, knowledgeable faith, and power without limits.Don't you know it is you who will save me?Seeker. Jango. Noman.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-01-08 06:16

    Reviewed by LaLeesha Haynes for TeensReadToo.comNOMAN is the finale to THE NOBLE WARRIORS trilogy. I would not suggest reading this book before you read the previous two. The novel brings a beautiful end to the story of Seeker, Jango, and Morning Star. The stories are very character-driven, and to fully grasp the depth and spirituality of the characters it is important to understand their past. The author writes the book by taking the reader into the actions of the main characters by alternating chapters. At times this did make it difficult to follow the story line, because there was a lack of consistency and flow throughout the story. This book is thought-provoking and contains symbolism and moral messages that can be directly associated with religion and spirituality. During NOMAN, the young people in the book are sent on their own individual quests to decide who they want to be and what is important to them in their lives. Even as Seeker faces the completion of his quest to kill the last of the Old Ones, he finds someone who is preaching joy and love - and he is forced to face the reality of his past decisions. Although it would be nice to see them use their powers all together, I liked the individual aspect of the teens learning to deal with life problems on their own.

  • Alex
    2018-12-25 05:18

    Continuing closely in the aftermath of Jango, Seeker is on a mission to destroy the last of savanters, while Morning Star and Wildman strive to find their own existence. The emergence of a being called Joyboy pulls everyone in together to ease their pain and make way for the Great Embrace, or the becoming one with god. However in his pursuit, Seeker comes to realize that there is a greater evil afoot and that in the course of his mission, rather for the success of his mission, he must destroy all that he knows.Spoilers:What started out as an interesting look into the lives of Seeker and Star and their quest for knowledge and training as Noble Warriors slowly morphs into a much deeper search for meaning and religion. Heady topics such as the existence of god and the meaning of belief take a major role in this final chapter, much like in Pullman's Amber Spyglass. I found myself slowing down and through ingesting the final chapters in Noman so that I could fully understand and analyze Seeker's struggles. I am not sure how younger readers will appreciate the level and depth which Nicholson explores some of the larger metaphysical questions, but I know I did, and that the book resonates with me.

  • Kit
    2019-01-09 04:06

    I can't say much without spoilers, but I did like the beginning of the third book in the Noble Warriors trilogy. But I have a strong, possibly obsessive need to make sure all the strings are tied up at the end of books, especially trilogies. (What? There's a reason books aren't like real life!) So the end of the book left me shaking my head, and shaking it, waiting for the extra pages to fall out that would tell me what had just happened. Those who do not have this obsessive need will probably like Noman better.

  • Matthew Norman
    2018-12-27 05:58

    The series started well, but ended as a serious joke. I feel totally ripped off. After book two, the series could have gone on a million better paths, but the writer chose to introduce random characters and then kill them off, then change the whole personality of Morning Star and the Wildman. When there is a character called, “Joy Boy”, that is introduced, it seems as though the writer has run out of motivation or ideas. Overall, really disappointed.

  • Caitlin Mininger
    2018-12-26 04:16

    Overall, an interesting conclusion to this trilogy. There was a point early on when the storytelling felt like it was wandering, and the Big Reveal of the climax was a little, well, predictable, but Noman ended up being a satisfying read. An intriguing take on the nature of human faith. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Morning Star came into her own, particularly after her ridiculous treatment in Jango.

  • Jorbegozo
    2019-01-06 09:22

    I thought this was beautiful. It was the best way to end the trilogy and I'm mesmerized by it really... Yes, the series started lightly and ended filled with deep conversations and suggestions, but that's exactly what makes it so beautiful. This was thought provoking and yet it didn't seem any harder to read than most YA books. I'm pretty much into philosophy and it was this that got me started. I love Seeker and how he developed and turned out through the books.

  • Christina
    2019-01-15 05:08

    I was ecstatic about the first two Noble Warriors books. I loved the charcters and the interesting plots. Near the end of the second book thouh, I thought it was getting very bizarre. I can handle bizarre, so I liked the book. When Noman came out, I went straight to the library and read it and I was sorely displeased. I found it boring and unclimactic. I was really disappointed with the finale to this great series.

  • Symphogi
    2019-01-13 09:11

    I dont remember much honestly but it was pretty good

  • David B
    2019-01-17 07:07

    Seeker is hunting down the last 2 savanters after getting rid of 5 previously.Morning Star and Wildman make their own journeys to find out what God really is for them.At the end of the book, Seeker rushes to the Garden, while the whole time the Assassin is marching closer and closer, ready to kill God...

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-31 05:11

    This book is a little too philosophical for me, pondering the existence of the All and Only and the beliefs of the Noman. After book 1 in the series, I expected much more interaction between the main characters and more togetherness. Instead, I felt the interchange between Wildman, Seeker, and Morning Star were forced and predictable.

  • Little Miss Lynsey
    2019-01-23 10:11

    this was a boring book at the beginning and it took awhile for me to like it. i prefer the other two books. the titles were well in the sense of why them name in particular were chosen.i would recommend this book but dont get your hopes up too high.

  • Petra Williams
    2019-01-08 06:19

    I like the part when Star gets her power back and Seeker loses his power. They become "young" again. I think that Star and Seeker are a perfect couple! I don't understand how Star liked Wildman instead of him before. Wildman fits better with Caressa.

  • Jazarlia
    2018-12-26 03:19

    A little... deeper than the first. It was quite good.

  • Arwen
    2019-01-07 05:11

    A little too abstract in some respects, I didn't care for the ending. But it was interesting, and I thought, worth reading.

  • Isabel
    2019-01-09 07:15

    ...they killed ....God?? What even was this book.

  • Phillip
    2019-01-03 04:22

    Was... different.

  • Gabby
    2019-01-05 09:00

    I listened to this book on Audible, and I try to forget it ever happened. I'm at a loss for words. I really loved Seeker and am so disappointed with this last book.

  • Josh
    2018-12-24 09:24

    I must admit I was a bit disappointed. The whole trilogy I've been wanting.......more. Overall the story was ok it was just lacking something more climactic

  • C.
    2019-01-05 04:17

    Hmm. Do I like it or not? I thought it was okay, I can live with the ending, but . . . hmm. I'm not totally overwhelmed, for sure.

  • E.A.
    2018-12-30 06:04

    This was my least favorite. I thought it was slow in places and I wished the ending was a little better.

  • Mark Wilcox
    2018-12-27 05:18

    Kind of got weird and a little sacrilegious at the end. Don't know why there was such a religious tilt at the end. Also the humor found in the first two disappeared in favor of drama.

  • Heather
    2019-01-12 08:58

    good story