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Disenchanted [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kroese
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Robert Kroese’s Disenchanted comes fully loaded with the wit and charm of The Princess Bride and a sense of humor all its own. This clever take on the traditional fantasy includes footnotes that keep the narrator honest, a cast of characters that resembles something out of the Island of Misfit Toys, and a fantastic setting filled with words and names that test pronunciation skills.

Being assassinated doesn't have many upsides, so when King Boric is felled by a traitor, the king comforts himself with the knowledge that, like all great warriors, he will spend eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. There's just one problem: to claim his heavenly reward, Boric must release the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt.

Now, to avoid being cursed to walk the land of Dis forever as an undead wraith, he must hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand who gave him the sword twenty years ago. So begins Boric's extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis, a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. Along the way he's advised by the Witch of Twyllic, mocked by the threfelings of New Threfelton, burned, shot at, and nearly blown to bits. But nothing can prepare him for coming face-to-face with Lord Brand. For in that moment, Boric discovers that nothing—in life, in death, or in between—is exactly what it seems.

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About the Author

Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In the second grade he wrote his first novel—the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship, Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009 he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Mercury Rests, his third book, concludes the trilogy.


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  • File Size: 3383 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185428
  • Publisher: 47North (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KP9VJ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warriors! Battles! Jokes! To be continued? November 8, 2012
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With his latest novel, author Rob Kroese steps away from the rogue angels and apocalyptic mayhem of his wickedly funny Mercury Trilogy (see Mercury Falls) for a fresh look at the epic fantasy genre. In Disenchanted, we're introduced to Boric the Implacable, who, um, dies right at the beginning of the book. Before Boric's soul can be escorted to this world's equivalent of Valhalla (by a winged bear!), he's got to figure out how to beat a nasty curse on his magic sword that could leave him a zombie-like wraith for all eternity. Hilarity ensues. Well, blood-drenched, ogre-killing epic fantasy hilarity, but still...

Disenchanted is published as a Kindle Serial, so you're not getting a full novel here, at least not yet. The idea is that once you buy the first installment, additional installments will be sent to your Kindle (at no extra charge) as they are published. At the end of the serial (six installments in this case), you'll have one full novel. I guess it's not too far removed from what Stephen King did back when the Green Mile was originally published. It's an interesting concept, and one that would probably work brilliantly for ongoing sagas like The Dead Man. For stand-alone novels like this one, however, I don't know that anything is gained by the format.

Anyway, on to the story, which, like previous Kroese novels, is funny to the point of being ridiculous and still has a really good story (or at least the potential for one; it's hard to say based only on the first installment) hiding under all the jokes. It's not as laugh out loud funny as the Mercury books, but that's probably because pop culture jokes are off the table in the fantasy genre.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing story March 25, 2013
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Who would think a story where the hero (of sorts, he definitely has his flaws!) dies at the beginning, and spends the rest of the time trying to move on before he's doomed to remain undead forever, would be so amusing. Suicidal sheep, a few caustic comments on the difference in attitudes between women and men, an 'epic' tale of kingdoms and wars to boot!

I don't recall actually laughing out loud, but I sure did a lot of grinning, with a few snorts and snickers. A good light read with some 'morals to the story' if you care to consider them. I definitely recommend it, and would read others by this author.

Don't let the 'low' rating concern you, I'd give it 3 1/2 if I could, and I'm refusing to give 5 unless I come across something truly spectacular, since I see so many books with scores of those that they surely don't deserve, so that personally I tend to read the lower star ratings for a more honest review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read. November 19, 2012
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If you are a fan of Robert Kroese's Mercury trilogy, go ahead and buy this serial. It's exactly what you are thinking it's going to be.

If you haven't read the Mercury triology, stop reading this review and go buy that instead. Seriously.

This serial is a solid read with Kroese's trademark humor and irreverence applied to a Swords and Sorcery setting, however it isn't quite as good as his other works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story line. December 5, 2012
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This is my first review of any kind and i have to say that this author is far and above many others with respect to fantasy literature. The story line is quite entertaining and i never seem to lose track of what's going on at any time. The protagonist never seems to catch a break but he does seem to be trying to make amends with his past in a thuggish sort of way all while learning a little humility. Great read and worth the wait for each installment. I have to say that there hasn't been anything from this author that I have not enjoyed reading especially his Mercury series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written By The Victors November 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed this first episode of "Disenchanted". Suicidal sheep and an ogre with a penchant for "screech melons"; very humorous and a bit dark. And don't neglect the footnotes- they're half the fun. Looking forward to further episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous read September 26, 2013
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Quick read, funny parts... not a life changer but not wasted time either.

I however did not like how it was going so well with so many mysteries, only to have them all explained in a monologue by someone other than the main character.

Other than that, good book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy cheesey August 26, 2013
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Story decent, plot average, humor a little light. Main character is interesting. I liked it as a change of pace book. Overall quick fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute so far November 17, 2012
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I read a lot of books. This is my first "Kindle Serial". I usually go for any and all medieval/fairy tale story lines so I was a sucker for it before I even began reading. So far it's been entertaining and I will continue to read it. It left me wanting to know what comes next. By the way, the writing is better than the writing in "Dark Monk" and other "Hangman's Daughter" books, so if you have read those and liked/disliked them (I have stopped reading them), this is better (also more humorous fairy tale, less gruesome dark murders).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A funny, funny tale - I giggled out loud several times while reading it!
Published 2 days ago by RMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable fantasy tale for adults
Just the other day, my husband and I were discussing what to watch and came to the conclusion we wanted the magic and fantasy of Harry Potter, with the adult themes (killing,... Read more
Published 4 days ago by B. Agler
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted me
The droll, dry humor reminded me of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the occasional bit of sly wisdom thrown in with the slapstick.
Published 15 days ago by Malika H.
3.0 out of 5 stars surprised at how much i ended up liking it!
It's not the best but it's not the worst either. At first I was put off by it. It sounds silly but the footnotes threw me off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruthie
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing gets in the way
Written as if by a twelve year old; lacking style and full of writing cliches

The story is medeochre until it is pulled together but the poor style gets in the way.
Published 1 month ago by ShannonLily
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully humorous & engaging
Humor, fantasy, adventure, romance with a dash of nonsense, stirred well in a "silly" pot...thoroughly, unequivocally enjoyable!
You will not be DIS-appointed.
Published 1 month ago by H. Wriedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
It is an excellent read with a novel subject. It is in keeping with Rob Kroese's previous books. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by BobK
4.0 out of 5 stars fun little read
I gave it four stars, but it should be understood that this is not the same scale as something like To Kill a Mockingbird would be rated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Ash
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't make it through the 1st chapter. It didn't ...
didn't make it through the 1st chapter. It didn't hold my interest past the first few pages. I tried to get into it at a later date and still hit a wall so gave it up.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Ditto
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and enjoyable read
I don't always let myself read books because I get trapped in them and need to finish them before I can eat or sleep or whatever... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rumplekatt
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Robert Kroese's sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan - home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has three more books in the Mercury series; a humorous epic fantasy, Disenchanted; and a quantum physics noir thriller, Schrodinger's Gat. His latest book is Starship Grifters.

Website: robertkroese.com
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