The Quest for Home: A Review

A few months ago, I offered to beta read Jacqui Murray’s new prehistoric fiction book, A Quest for Home.  And, to be honest, with all the craziness going on with my parents, my followthrough was rather tardy. Good thing I get to make up for that now with a little hoopla and a review!

The Quest for Home:

Chased by a ruthless and powerful enemy, Xhosa flees with her People, leaving behind her African homeland, leading her People on a grueling journey through unknown and perilous lands. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, danger, tragedy, hidden secrets, and Nature herself, Xhosa must face the reality that her most dangerous enemy isn’t the one she expected. It may be one she trusts with her life. 

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, the one destined to obliterate any who came before.

Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man makes his way across Eurasia, fleeing those who would kill him. He must be bigger-than-life, prepared time and again to do the impossible because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.

My Review

I’ve become a huge fan of Murray’s prehistoric fiction. “The Quest for Home” is the second book in the “Crossroads Trilogy,” following “Survival of the Fittest.” I recommend reading them in order, though other reviewers have commented otherwise.

In book two, Xhosa continues to lead her group of ancient People across a harsh and unfamiliar terrain, seeking a new home. They encounter other humans on alternate evolutionary paths, some kind, others violent and territorial. And though the journey is riddled with danger, the greatest threat to her group stands at her elbow.

The “quest” plot isn’t new, but Murray is a master at worldbuilding, leaving me with the sense that I’ve read something unusual. To varying degrees, most storytelling relies on a reader’s understanding of modern sensibilities, norms, and behaviors, all the trappings of civilization that simply didn’t exist 850,000 years ago. The well-researched details of prehistoric life bring a fresh and fascinating layer to the read.

The characters are decidedly human in their nature, riddled with the familiar emotions of love, hate, grief, anger, ambition, and jealousy. There are norms, primarily based on what’s necessary for the group to survive, but beyond that, there is little restraint. Xhosa is a powerful character, but not the only one. A number of compelling characters, both female and male, have strong three-dimensional personalities and play important roles in the story.

I flew through this read. The pace moves quickly, occasionally veering into the story of another group, one which split from Xhosa’s People. Xhosa commands the primary point of view, but it does switch to other group members on occasion. I highly recommend “The Quest for Home” to readers of prehistoric fiction, speculative fiction, and adventure.

Available at: Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU

 

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for  NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Footsteps of Giants, Winter 2020, the final chapter in the Crossroads Trilogy.

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155 thoughts on “The Quest for Home: A Review

  1. I really enjoyed this review, Diana. I find prehistory very interesting. You did the book justice. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. Awesome review, Diana! Jacqui’s books (and soooo many others!) are on my TBR. Now to find my book-reading clone so I can read them all 😀 😀

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  3. Diana, your review of Jacqui Murray’s book is well written, the work of an admirer. I love Jacqui’s writing so if I didn’t already know how good her books are, I’d be rushing to order them after reading this article. You do her justice.

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  4. Jina Bazzar says:

    I think it’s a great writer who can write about a common topic and make it sound unusual. Great review, Diana!

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    Wonderful review, Diana – congrats to Jacqui!

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  6. I’ll bet this feels to Jacqui a lot like I feel when I get late birthday wishes–it just extends the enjoyment! Nice review!

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  7. inese says:

    Wonderful and well-deserved review!

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  8. […] You can also read a review of Jacqui’s book by Diana Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. […]

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  9. acflory says:

    Thanks for this great review, Diana. I read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘Born in a Treacherous Time’ but didn’t realise there were more books from the same era. Off to Amazon. 🙂

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  10. I’ve heard so many good things about Jacqui’s books. I really must grab this series 😊
    Great review lovely one, and congrats again Jacqui 🤗

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  11. Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Reminds me a bit of the Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel, by the sounds of it.

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  12. *adds to a constantly growing TBR list* This looks fantastically interesting.

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  13. CarolCooks2 says:

    Tardy, I haven’t heard that word in a while it reminded me of my grandma…A brilliant review and sounds like a book I would enjoy…:)

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  14. dgkaye says:

    What a fantastic review! Congrats Jacqui, high five! 🙂

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  15. Jan Sikes says:

    A fantastic review, Diana! Thanks for the recommendation. I fell in love with this book cover the minute I saw it!

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  16. Solitaire says:

    Thanks for heads up Diana, have a great weekend ❤️

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  17. Fantastic review! Sharing everywhere…

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  18. I love how this is “based on a true story.” Totally!

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  19. Silent Hour says:

    Sold. Diana, you are amazing whatever you do.

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  20. Thank you for this wonderful review, Diana. Having read the first book, I can imagine that the story continues to intrigue.

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  21. Lovely and detailed review Diana, this sounds like a great book!

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  22. balroop2013 says:

    I have read this book and agree with you Diana, it is brilliantly written.

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  23. jenanita01 says:

    We get the pleasure of Jacqui’s company next week on our blog, and we are really looking forward to it!

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  24. amreade says:

    This sounds like a terrific read. The blurb alone was enough to intrigue me, but your review made it even better. I’m adding this trilogy to my TBR list. I can only imagine the research that went into writing it. Congratulations to Jacqui!

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  25. GP Cox says:

    Jacqui is one of my all-time favorite people. I wish her nothing but the very best!!

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  26. I can’t imagine the research that goes into writing a series like this. Congrats to Jacqui on a wonderful review!

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  27. A terrific review for Jacqui’s book, Diana. The prehistoric world intrigues me too. Congrats, Jacqui!

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  28. This sounds like a great series. I’m intrigued by the prehistoric setting.

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  29. I really must check out Jacqui’s books. These sound like excellent novels.

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  30. A wonderful review to share, Diana. Bravo to Jacqui! 🙂

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  31. Lovely review, Diana. Wishing Jacqui huge success. Hugs to you both.

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  32. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review. This is going to be my next read:)

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  33. Great review, Diana. I really enjoyed Jacqui’s book! I’m excited to host her on my blog next Friday. She is a busy lady!

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  34. Theresa Everton Pulyer says:

    I recently added book 1 to my TBR pile. Great review – thank you for sharing it 🙂

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  35. I’ve never read prehistoric fiction. I do not not why. I love your post, so I will start reading. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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