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Back in Style (Dungeon: Zenith, Book 3) Paperback – April 1, 2009


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From Publishers Weekly

It's hard to say if Sfar and Trondheim's long-running Dungeon epic is a dead-on parody of sword-and-sorcery clichés or if it's just a first-rate fantasy series that happens to star anthropomorphic animals and involve lots of comedy. This volume teams the writers up with artist Boulet, whose loony character drawings and elaborately designed scenery use the look of Trondheim's artwork as a springboard. Like every volume of Dungeon's various series so far, it also expands the scope of the overall project—this time moving Herbert the sword-wielding duck and Marvin the vegetarian dragon out of the dungeon itself and establishing some of the culture of the world around it. In the first of two stories, the bankrupt dungeon Keeper is attempting to avoid having the dungeon repossessed by a creditor and his hilariously unstoppable lawyer; in the second, Herbert revisits the city from which he was exiled and finds himself embroiled in a very odd coup attempt. Boulet handles the action set pieces and slapstick farce with equal aplomb, and Trondheim and Sfar shake up the tone of the story every few pages: there's romance next to brutal violence, and tender whimsy punctuated by cruelly bleak humor. (Apr.)
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Grade 5 Up—The Keeper, an old duck, is the Dungeon Master who seeks to increase his fortune by marrying the wealthy cat Isis. He must convince her father of his financial worth and work to save his dungeon from being repossessed by Delacour, the rooster who tricks him through legal chicanery. To help him save the dungeon, the Keeper relies on Marvin, the vegetarian dragon, and Herbert, the duck warrior. To complicate matters, Herbert is in love with Isis and wants to elope with her. The group journeys to Craftiwich, a once-noble city, so that Herbert can reunite with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Craftiwich, but things prove difficult when Herbert swallows the Mask of Death potion and Marvin raises an army to take over the ancient city. This is an outstanding Dungeons and Dragons parody that serves as a stand-alone story. Readers will be entertained, even those unaccustomed to comic fantasy fiction. These anthropomorphic characters are well drawn, and the snappy dialogue is craftily paired with Boulet's stunning imagery.—Lisa Gieskes, CA Johnson Preparatory Academy, Columbia, SC
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561635502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561635504
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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