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    So good I can't wait for the second in the series

    I enjoyed this book immensely. For one, it's a well-written comedic story, and for two, the references to pop culture are just great. And sometimes subtle enough that it takes me a bit to get them all. Great read.
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    Funny, new perspective on medieval fantasy tropes

    Excellent book, absolutely loved it. If you are a fan of fantasy RPG in the D&D genre, you will like this funny perspective on the economics/real world effects of athe "taken-for-granted rules" of our fantasy RPG worlds. What if heroes really did grind for competitive levels as Adventurers, and how would that affect the villagers and other non-human races around them? A funny book, and it really made me challenge my own assumptions the next time I was rolling a D20 with my friends!
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    Satire with Substance

    I have been a Pratchett fan since I made the jump up from young adult fiction. So fantasy satire has been something I've spent a tremendous amount of time reading, looking for other authors able to weave the layers in that I'm looking for. It is very very rare to find a satire author who can take one layer of humor. Have another layer of interesting and plausible plot, even when built on a premise that's semi-rediculous. And complex characters that feel like real personalities. And Pike has got it. There are delightful characters who are complex beyond simple archetypes that you're rooting for as they navigate this. The world itself is structured around the idea that the economy of the city is propped up by the treasure recovered by adventurers killing monsters and bringing back that treasure. So operating with that premise the world is built around the idea of, if that is true, what are the problems that would spring from that in society. The author doesn't ask you to make unreasonable leaps about human nature in the process of crafting the society. So it has some delightful things to say about society through the fun house mirror of this premise. Then there are RPG allusions, fantasy tropes, video game references, and all kinds of other little nods to the reader that are unexpected and delightful. Plus they're not forced. The weave in naturally with the other parts of the story. I can't say enough about how great this is. Technically you could have someone spoil the entire plot and it would still be incredibly enjoyable. Because it's not about what happens. It's about the characters and how they interact. I've read it twice since I bought it and it's definitely going on the list of things I do once a year.
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    Funny Fantasy read, with a Mirror to Reality

    A story of the Economics of Heroes. A Fantastical take on Modern Society showing a side of Fantasy that you probably haven’t thought of! Sure, those of us who have played D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) know that we adventure to acquire loot to sell and buy better gear, etc… But, how many people really have their hands in that pie?? What take of that loot is actually ours to spend? In a Fantasy World where Heroes are sponsored by Corporations, and the Heroes Guild has made being a Hero into a career, there don’t seem to be any real heroes left.. just a bottom line. But, what if that’s not all there is to it? What if there could be real heroes still out there? This book was so unexpected! When I saw Satire, I feel that I was expecting more of a spoof. It’s definitely a subtle commentary on modern society and the things we, as geeks, don’t think about the workings of in all of these magical lands that we read about. I loved the stark reality of it spelled out for us! This book was amusing at times with veiled (or not so veiled) references, can you figure this one out?? “Gorm looked up at a tiny winged figure glowing with such intense blue light that it seemed to be standing in a sphere. “Blood and ashes,” he swore. “A search sprite” “All they are is a bit of knowledge with a mouth,” Gorm told Gleebek as they walked. “They only exist to tell ye obvious things, so they don’t shut up till they wear off. Could be days.” “Hey! Listen!” shrieked the sprite. Anyone who played a certain beloved adventure game should recognize it!! Lol! I loved all of the references to the typical Fantasy tropes! “”No, no,” said Gorm. “I ain’t splitting the party. She’s making a joke, lad” “So splitting the party is bad, then?” said Niln. “You never split the party,” said Laruna. “It’s right in the Heroes’ Guild Handbook,” said Jynn. “Someone always wanders off to grab something shiny or test a lever or something, and the next thing you know they’re coming back with some horrible monster following them,” said Kaitha. “Usually when you’re in the middle of a massive fight with something else,” said Gorm. “If they come back at all,” said Heraldin.” But, it was serious as well. The characters were all very well written and relatable… weird thing to say about Fantasy characters. But, they were quite the down to earth misfit group of Fantasy characters, so everyone will definitely understand the feelings and growth within the motley band! Gleebek, the friendly Goblin/Squire Heraldin, the would-be womanizing Bard/”acquisition specialist” Jynn and Laruna the opposing Noctomancer and Solamancer Kaitha, the Elixir addicted Ranger who used to be something Gaist, mysteriously never speaks and was the first volunteer for the Quest And Niln, the “Seventh Hero” who recruits them all “I’d say you have a destiny, and choices are the steps you take to reach it.” Gorm was the best character! I believe he was described best by party, Kaitha, “Beneath his curmudgeonly facade was, well, yes, a genuine curmudgeon who clearly cared for her.” He can be abrasive, uncaring, and rude… but he’s the Mother Hen you never knew you always wanted! He’s a Dwarf with a big heart and someone you want fighting on your side. This book really gets you thinking about the World beyond the Fantasy. It brings it to a real place and has you questioning what makes someone a “Hero”. I can’t wait to continue my journey with the party. If you want to learn about Dwarven Reproduction, God’s Middle Management, and Elixir Addiction (who doesn’t?!) I really recommend this book!!

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