Book Review

The Quest for the Holy Hummus – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★✰  (4 / 5 stars)

George has one desire: hummus. 

Meanwhile Julian yearns to keep his organic vegan store open.

Little did either of them expect their lives to intersect. Yet, Julian only sees George as he really is: a monster. Can George escape the prejudice of being a dragon? And can he find a place where he is accepted, away from the delinquent dragons of Dragonville? 

Or will his quest for hummus be for naught?

In a fun, fast paced story about a dragon who wants hummus, we venture with George to People Town. Along the way, George faces persecution from both humans and dragons alike. Yet, like anyone on a daily trip to the supermarket, George only wants to complete his routine, and obtain a small thing that makes him happy.

The Quest for the Holy Hummus is a fun, satirical book reminiscent of a sketch on Adult Swim or from Monty Python. The entire premise is light hearted, constantly poking fun at both serious and not-so-serious topics. In all honesty, you should go into it expecting something silly and ridiculous!

And that’s exactly how I approached reading this book. You can’t go into any book like this expecting it to be too serious. I thought it was silly and fun – and if that was the goal of the book, then it certainly accomplished it! On top of that, it was well written, and I had a clear visualization of the story.

Truthfully, I think this would work fantastically as an audiobook! A talented narrator, or even a full cast, could bring the story to life! I’ve already heard similar stories narrated on Audible, and I think this one fits!

Sure, the story isn’t revolutionary, and some of the moments felt a little too “forced”, but overall The Quest for the Holy Hummus is a fun and fast read! 

I’m definitely going to check out the rest of The Chickpea Chronicles in the near future! 

What’s it about?

A journey for organic hummus results in unwarranted prejudice. The story of how George The-Decent Dragon became the greenest vegan in human society.

Despite being a regressive and unhelpful stereotype, it was nevertheless accurate to say that dragons were aggressive, bloodthirsty brutes. Not George, though. He’s a self-professed ‘decent’ individual with a penchant for organic cookery, gardening, and making his own clothes. Oh, and he’s a vegan, you know!

George’s adventure begins when he decides he wants some hummus. However, as Dragonville definitely isn’t the sort of place to find chickpea-based snacks, he sets off towards People Town to visit his favourite place in the whole world, the glorious Farmer Fred’s feel-good, local, family, fair-trade, organic wholefoods store.

Follow George as he traverses Dragonville, desperately tolerating the idiots who wander into his path – before continuing on towards lovely, civilised People Town where unfortunately our heroic, massive, fire-breathing reptile encounters further unwarranted prejudice.

Will George get his delicious dip? Will he make any new friends? Will years of suppressing his true instincts make him have a terrifying and very-public nervous breakdown? Find out!

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