Of the Noble and Great Ones

Fiction - Literary
412 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic explores the profound importance in this world and beyond of young men like Juke, a non-verbal autistic teenager who serves as the exclusive narrator. Through Juke's sparse yet evocative single-word phrases and gestures, we gain intimate access to his hidden world and perceive events through his unique lens. Juke is nineteen and unable to care for himself in any capacity. He is not potty trained, not able to safely feed himself without choking, and is unwilling to take medication without coercion, even bribery. Dad works full time and Mom is stretched too thin, so Juke is moved from his family home to an assisted living home. What Juke is able to see is danger and his defense mechanisms are violent but effective, although sometimes misplaced. He can also see good and experiences happiness in its purest forms. In the privacy of his mind, Juke has visions that bear witness to the celestial and otherworldly. In these ethereal realms, Juke enters a transcendent plane replete with angels, saints, souls, dragons, and Satan, among others. Juke's keen insights illuminate the true essence of individuals, Juke's own remarkable nature, and God's plan.

Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic is a hybrid Christian novel that at its onset is a delicate balance of reality and fantasy. Juke's reality is harsh especially when the way people view him is in contrast to his inherent innocence. I know a man like Juke who refuses to budge, can put me in a headlock that if I did not know him better would be terrifying, and when angry will smear excrement. He is the constant recipient of "side eye" but I have never known a truer person in my life. And God does not make mistakes. The fantasy elements are set in a beautifully crafted realm and Logic's storytelling prowess shines through on every page, transporting readers to a place where the line between reality and fantasy becomes delightfully blurred as the novel progresses. The richly detailed landscapes, vivid descriptions, and enchanting characters of Emily, and especially Julian, serve as a beacon of light, offering a heartfelt reminder of the power of belief, redemption, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. When all is said and done, the question is whether or not the fantasy is a construct of reality or if what we see as reality is the real fantasy and nothing more. Insightful and inspiring, I'd give this novel a whole bucket full of stars if I could.

Ronél Steyn

Of The Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic is the story of Juke, who is 19 years old and is autistic. Juke loves eating eggs and bagels. He loves dancing and has some amazing moves. Juke loves his family but sometimes gets things out of context. However, there is trouble brewing in his Mormon family. Can Juke find the answers he is looking for in the dreams he has at night? Do brave Julian and beautiful Emily hold the key? Can Juke learn to control his violent outbursts? Is he able to do what needs to be done to keep his family together and not stay in the group home forever? In this novel, Juke will tell you what you need to know and reveal hidden secrets.

Literary fiction is like opening a gift and discovering many gems hidden inside. That is exactly what H.D. Logic has done with Of the Noble and Great Ones. After reading it once, you find yourself wanting to return and read it a second time because you know you will find a piece of treasure you didn’t notice before. Channeling the main character’s inner thoughts, the author gives us a glimpse into a fantastic world. There is a rhythm to this novel that surprised me. With abundant rhyming and repetition, you would think it chaotic. All the while there was a buzzing undertone that kept it stable and created a beautiful flow from start to finish. I would recommend this book to a more mature reader as there is mention of bloody noses and toilet mishaps.

K.C. Finn

Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic explores social issues and family drama. It is suitable for mature teen readers and adult audiences owing to some graphic descriptions of abuse. The story focuses on our teenage protagonist, Juke, whose autism sees him unable to physically care for himself and lashing out at his caregivers to the extent that it threatens his chances of remaining at home with his family. With everything at stake, Juke’s inner journey takes him to a fantasy world of epic battles and heroic deeds, all in the name of discovering how to be the best version of himself, disabilities included.

H.D. Logic takes on a task of truly epic proportions with some tricky subject matter and a frank, honest approach to life with severe disabilities, and the result is deeply moving and triumphant. Juke is a highly complex character delivered with artistic flair and emotional intelligence in a fast-moving narrative that sees us flow through the chaos and genius of his mind, from far-flung fantasy vistas back to bathroom disasters and the darker side of the caregiver-dependent relationship. Wherever we go in this varied, psychological, and truly touching narrative, the confidence and depth of the author’s storytelling reassure you that you’re in safe hands, allowing you to become immersed in a fascinating neurodivergent viewpoint. I would wholeheartedly recommend Of the Noble and Great Ones to fans of engaging literary fiction everywhere, especially those with an interest in innovative, original approaches to central characters with disabilities.

Asher Syed

Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic is a Christian novel that revolves around the first-person point of view of Juke, a non-verbal autistic teenager who communicates through single-word phrases and gestures. Juke describes his day-to-day life in a series of short vignettes and readers are given an accounting of the many people it takes to care for him, which each does to varied degrees of success and patience, sometimes with none at all. Juke is nineteen years old and his parents have been waiting over a decade for a residential placement for Juke, as he has become increasingly difficult to accommodate. Juke moves into a facility called Planter and is confused by the change in his routine and the people who work and live there. While visiting home on the weekend, it becomes clear that Juke's father is struggling with his faith in God in light of his son's affliction. Meanwhile, Juke has daydreams where he witnesses the might and power of a group of God's warriors, and in this world where they fight for good, he is able to see, understand, and communicate to the standard of mere humans, but with the might of Julian, who is so much more than a reader can imagine.

“Blessed are the caregivers, for they are Of the Noble and Great Ones.” Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic offers an extremely unique reading experience as a result of the literary vehicle used to narrate it. I admit that I was confused at first as I did not know going in what exactly I was reading. Rather than Logic molding Juke's voice to a narrative that is comfortable and easy to understand for a reader, readers are instead forced to mold the way they hear the story by only using Juke's voice. Juke is the narrator, and as readers, we are allowed into his secret world so we might best view it exactly the way he does. And Juke has two secrets. The first is that he is very well aware of what is happening around him. His understanding might be different from how we would view it, but it is not wrong. In fact, in most cases, it is far more accurate in its simplicity than we are in attempting to suss it out with greater meaning. Juke sees people for what and who they really are, and we see Juke in his entirety. His other secret is that nobody else is able to see the parallels between Juke's visions and his father's crisis of faith. I did not see the two concurrently running stories as connected, so when Logic reveals how intertwined they are it is absolutely a magnificent twist. Overall, this is a wonderful book that is a little hard to get into initially, but impossible to put down once immersed.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“I know who I am. I realize me. The best spirits honor, respect, and love me. Gratitude beats my heart and swells.” Juke is autistic. He can’t talk except inside his head and can’t take care of himself. Now a teenager, he’s a challenge for his Mormon family. He’s a challenge for himself, as he doesn’t understand why he’s different, why he was born the way he was. He needs to understand, and his desire to find the answers, the intense riddles of life, sets him on a nightmare quest. Juke tells his story from within his head, allowing us, the humans without disabilities, to explore his thoughts and understand his inner workings in Of the Noble and Great Ones by H.D. Logic.

H.D. Logic’s literary novel, Of the Noble and Great Ones, is a complex story. Written in the first-person narrative, from Juke’s point of view, the plot follows a daily pattern of struggles as Juke tries to make himself understood and understand himself in the world around him. Listening to the young teenager as he rants inside his head is heart-wrenching. The story is raw and brutal, a fitting parallel to Juke's life. The language is stark, blunt, often with bullet points, as essential aspects of daily life, like the simple need to use the bathroom, become a brutally challenging exercise in frustration. Juke wants to be good, he wants to do things right, but circumstances and his body resist at every turn. Juke’s life is complex, insane in many ways, and challenging to comprehend, even for Juke, who has to live his life the way he was born. But his determination to find answers pays off, at least for him. And, perhaps by sharing his experiences, we, too, can come to an understanding. Powerful.