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Product Details

  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Marcher Lord Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098210491X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982104910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luckily, there's a sequel coming soon and frankly, I can't wait.
norma thomas
As a big fan of fantasy and satire along with silly jokes and puns I really got a kick out of this book.
Steve Taylor
This book is a great book that is witty and often had me laughing aloud to myself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hero, Second Class is one of the first novels released by Marcher Lord Press, the Christian publishing house. It is penned by Mitchell Bonds. If the idea of reading Christian fiction puts you off, relax. Hero, Second Class is a romp through the fantasy world in the tradition of Terry Pratchet. The discussion of faith takes second place to the story itself. Here is a book that has heroes who narrate their battles as they fight, villains who belong to a Brotherhood who monitor the dastardly deeds of their members.

Cyrus has always wanted to be a hero just like his father. He gets his chance and is apprenticed to the Crimson Slash, also know as Reg. As Cyrus is learning the ropes he meets a dragon and brother and sister Katheni, who are cat people. He gets involved in the battle against an arch-villain that has a grudge against his mentor and a determination to rule the world. (He is after all, a villain.) As it become clear that Voshtyr Demonkin is no ordinary arch-villain, there are also hints that Cyrus may not be an ordinary hero.

The humor in Bonds' writing had me laughing out loud. He manages to poke fun at every convention of adventure writing. Between monologuing villains, narrating heroes, Capital Letters and Arbitrary Numbers, he tells a story of a young man who is coming to grips with a world that is a lot more complicated than he had thought. Many of the characters are deliberate caricatures, but they have enough extra foibles to make them real. The real story that takes place between the lines of the epic battle between good and evil is touching and true to life.

Hero, Second Class is a first-class book, and I will be waiting eagerly for the next installment of mayhem.

Armchair Interviews agrees-good job Mitchell Bonds (who is only 20).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 7, 2009
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Hi, my name is Eric. I'm a read-a-holic. And yes, my latest little vial of yum-yum juice happened to bear the label: "Hero, Second Class." In my years as a fiction lover, I've adored the rare discoveries of something fresh and distinctly different, something fun and well done. Mitchell Bonds' 600 page tome qualifies on all counts. Not only does it read quickly, it puts a smile on your face and makes you chuckle.

Our Hero, Reginald, faces off with an Arch-Villain early in the story --don't skip the prologue, don't do it!--then later finds himself the mentor to a new recruit named Cyrus. This young trainee becomes increasingly aware of his own abilities, while also awakening to his feelings for Kris, a speaking cat-like creature. As the Hero, his trainee, the purr-machine, and a few others head off on separate Quests, they find themselves drawn back toward a cataclysmic clash with Voshtyr Demonkind and his acolytes.

The story, on the surface, sounds somewhat routine, but that's where Bonds refuses to be pigeonholed. He pokes fun at the genre, at the staples of storytelling, and even at the English language. With a Hero who narrates his own battles, a beautiful cat with a knack for puns, and the author's brief interruptions (and one particularly funny and wise removal from the scene), "Hero, Second Class" refuses to take itself too seriously. Even in the midst of a prophetic poem, the Hero questions his own propensity for rhyme!

Mixing the best elements of "The Princess Bride" and Monty Python, the story is entertaining, fast-paced, and delivered with a wry grin throughout. That isn't to say there aren't monsters, or sword fights, or gruesome decapitations. Oh, yes, there are plenty of the genre standbys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on January 4, 2009
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Cyrus Solburg is an apprentice to Sir Reginald Ogleby, otherwise known as the Crimson Slash. It is Crimson's duty to teach Cyrus in all matters pertaining to becoming a real Hero. As Cyrus and Crimson travel the countryside, they meet up with some new friends: a dragon named, Keeth, and two feline Katheni, brother and sister.

As Cyrus nears Herohood, an Arch-Villain is on the loose, plotting diabolical destruction and revenge. Can Cyrus manage to reach the end of his training, stop the Arch-Villain, and save the girl? Or is becoming a Hero not for him?

What a funny book. I felt as if I was in the midst of a medieval superhero spoof movie. Mitchell Bonds is delightfully creative with his fantasy world. Both Crimson and Cryus are noble and righteous, even if they do have their faults. Crimson, for one, has the bizarre habit of narrating his battles out loud. And Cyrus discovers a talent for magic that is more powerful than anyone has ever had, accidentally destroying things that, well, he shouldn't. I highly recommend this book for readers who love satire, medieval fantasy, and a good laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andra L. Marquardt on February 24, 2009
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"Hero, Second Class" can be best described as a satirical fantasy with many, and more serious, spiritual elements.

What is a Christian fantasy satire anyway?

The Christian portion comes in when the main characters debate whether a Creator exists, and if so, why does he allow bad things to happen. Neither the author nor the characters answer this question. What's important is that they ask and seek the answer with an open mind.

The fantasy is obvious. The book swims in memorable and colorful characters (with names such as Crimson Slash, Blue Shock and Purple Paladin for the Heroes), unpredictable magic, and a world most fantasy readers will discover as both familiar and strange.

Mitchell Bonds adroitly satires the fantasy elements, the world we currently live in -- especially when it comes to dealing with bureaucracy -- and the existing rules of traditional publishing by violating said rules at multiple turns.

One would think these intrusions would jar the reader, but Mitchell made it work. I laughed myself silly more than once.

If you enjoy an action-packed story with memorable characters, and a book willing to make fun of itself, you need to read this book.
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