Noman by William Nicholson


Written by William Nicholson

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The third book of The Noble Warriors Trilogy. A specatular epic adventure fantasy of far-reaching significance in which individuals must prove their courage if they are to save their people. The Noble Warriors have mysterious powers that enable them to remain undefeated in combat. When they come under threat, three young men seize their moment to prove that they are worthy to join them. But will they be able to save the warriors from the plot to destroy them? The battle is hard fought. The Noble Warriors are scattered and defeated. Now they must find a new leader and find the answer to the mystery of their power. Other books in the series include Seeker and Jango.


Noman by William Nicholson

A man named the Brother once resided on the island of Anacrea, and one night while he was sleeping, a lost child came to him, asking him for help. He let the Lost Child in, and later that night, in a dream, the Lost Child spoke to the Brother, and changed form. Following the dream, the Brother built a garden for the Lost Child to live in, believing him to be the one true god. Others came to the island and they too pledged to protect the Lost Child.

Noman learned the secret of true strength and he passed his knowledge to his brothers and sisters and they too became strong and became known as the Noble Warriors. In defence they used no weapons or armour; they used only true strength. Their vow was to use their powers to bring freedom to the enslaved and justice to the oppressed and to defend themselves against the Savanters who seek to destroy the Noble Warriors. They have similar powers to the noble warriors and they are referred to 'as noble warriors gone bad'.


Seeker after Truth is the protagonist of the Noble Warriors Trilogy and he turns 16 at the beginning of Seeker. He discovers that he has power without limits which he uses to kill the savanters. By the end of Noman, he has killed all of the savanters and he also discovers that himself, Jango and Noman are all the same person, and that he is the Assassin, just as Noman was 200 years ago.

The Wildman is a famous spiker who wants to become a Noble Warrior after fighting, and losing to, some of them. He joins up with Seeker in destroying the secret weapon and he is accepted into the Nom. In Jango, he attempts to break into the garden but is stopped by his teacher. He then escapes from the Nom to prevent himself being cleansed. By the end of Jango, he is the head of the spiker army which he uses to fight the Jahan, who he defeats but he his unable to prevent the Nom being destroyed. In Noman, he joins the Joyous with most of his army. He tries to stop Seeker killing Manlir but dies in the process. He is later resurrected by Seeker who gives him his lir.

Noman was once a very powerful warlord who went to Anacrea 200 years ago, entered the Garden, founded the Noble Warriors and wrote their Rule. He first appears in Noman and reveals himself to Seeker through a mirror. He also gives Seeker advice and explains more about the experiment. It is later revealed that Noman was once the Assassin and that when went into the Garden 200 years ago, it was he who killed the All and Only in his quest for knowledge. Noman is also Seeker but grown much older.

Manlir is one of the savanters. In Noman, he is leading his followers, the Joyous, to the Great Embrace which is when they believe that they will become gods but it is actually when Manlir will harvest their lives. When he is eventually defeated by Seeker, he goes back into his body and sails off with Noman, his brother.


‘A well-spun tale of myth, warrior priests and a quest for justice’ Marcus Sedgwick

‘Nicholson has been cited as one of the most gifted and imaginative writers alive in the world today’

About the Author

William Nicholson

William Nicholson was our Guest Editor in April 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He was educated at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channelled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony-award winning run on Broadway. He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Since then he has written more films - Sarafina, Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl, and Gladiator (as co-writer), for which he received a second Oscar nomination. He has written and directed his own film, Firelight; and three further stage plays, Map of the Heart, Katherine Howard and The Retreat from Moscow. His novel for older children, The Wind Singer, won the Smarties Prize Gold Award on publication in 2000, and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2001. Its sequel, Slaves of the Mastery, was published in May 2001, and the final volume in the Wind on Fire trilogy, Firesong was published in May 2002. A further epic trilogy – Noble Warriors – has seen been published to much acclaim and began with The Seeker, continued with Jango and culminates in Noman. He lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia and their three children.

Where do you get your ideas?

What inspired you to write ‘The Wind Singer, your first novel for teenagers’?

I take a lot of trouble over names. Often I’ll change a character’s name several times during the writing of the book, until it settles down and feels right. The meaning of the name, or the associations of the sound, have to connect with the character – so Kestrel is fast and dangerous and beautiful, like the hawk, and Mumpo is mumbly and pooey, at least to start with. Also I try to give people from the same group similar names. All the Manth people have names ending in –th or –ch or –sh, and all the mud people have names ending in –um. This is very much what happens in the real world.

Did you know The Wind Singer would be part of a trilogy?

If you want to write books, you have to do two things: read books, and write. It sounds obvious, but only by writing a lot will you get any good. The better the books you read, the better your own writing will be. Then it’s just a matter of keeping on writing. You won’t get good by giving up. I was useless for a long time, but slowly I got better. You can do it too. If you feel strong enough, show your work to others, and listen to their criticisms. It hurts - but if you listen, you'll get better.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

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3rd September 2007




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