It was with some trepidation that I started on this Quest. (Pun too obvious?) The generic high fantasy title suggested to me a generic high fantasy tale, and for the most part that’s exactly what you get. Quest hits on many of the common fantasy tropes – the youth who feels he doesn’t belong, the noble bastard, the scheming princeling, a mysterious court magician… As an avid consumer of Tamora Pierce novels in my youth, I felt that I was retreading very familiar ground with this book. The reader I am now found the novel predictable and a bit too cliché for enjoyment, but the reader I was then would have thoroughly enjoyed it. With that in mind, I will attempt to channel my twelve-year-old self and give this thing a fair evaluation.