The Berserker and the Pedant Kindle Edition
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This Kindle e-book compilation consisted of 18 short episodes, totaling approximately 117 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at time of writing this review.
Please Note: I was involved in a Beta read of this novel at the author's request.
General Theme (minor spoilers)
The Orb of Skzd has gone missing from the temple. And as a result, fate throws together three unlikely adventurers in an attempt to find the thief and retrieve the missing artifact.
Our unlikely heroes are... Gurken Stonebiter, a berserker dwarf; Pellonia, a young girl; and Arthur, a level 10 wizard with a strong predilection for dying and being resurrected. Their quest takes them on a highly improbable fantasy adventure, filled with mythological creatures, dragons, trolls, giant ants and even some off-world alien creatures.
Some thoughts on "The Beserker and the Pedant"...
1.) well written and edited.
2.) each of the eighteen episodes deal with a new development or spin-off from the previous one.
3.) almost non-stop action, most of which were a result of encounters and battles. A dwarf in a berserker rage is a wild and lethal thing to behold... but only from a respectable distance. ;)
4.) humor... the fact that Gurken was grammatically challenged and Arthur was a pedant (a person excessively concerned with minor details and rules) led to many spontaneous and clever word play situations. Also, there were many dire events that lent themselves perfectly to a gallows type of humor, often filled with ironic and sarcastic repartee.
5.) character and character development... our heroes were so over the top, yet at the same time, so basic, so down to earth, that it was almost impossible not to like them and root for them as they repeatedly hop from one frying pan to another while trying to avoid being singed by the flame.
6.) cover art... the perfect image, truly reflecting the subtle nuances of the tale within.
I book I truly enjoyed... once I looked up the definition of 'pedant' and got to understand that this was NOT a tale about a magical pendant nor a baby (ped) ant... lol.
A non-stop, tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure that was both highly entertaining while at the same time, admittedly, frankly absurd.
But the strongest asset of this book, was not the story itself (and it was very good), but rather the truly wondrous characters the populated its pages and brought this unusual tale to life.
So relax, find a comfortable chair, have some snacks handy and be prepared to be entertained by this preposterous, yet wonderfully written and engaging tale.
As it is... 5 Stars.
I had no idea this book would be so funny and make me laugh so hard. I couldn't get enough. This book gets right into the story and is straight and to the point, but is quite a tale to be told. The writing was smooth and filled with funny quips and easy going banter. The three MC's Gurken, Pellonia, and Arthur were such an awkward bunch to be going on a quest together, but it made it that much more interesting. They seem like a bunch of nitwits and gives this book a lighthearted feel, but gives you plenty of action. By that I mean Gurken going all berserker and cleaving his axe around, which is always fun.
I don't want to give away any of this book, but just know you will most definitely enjoy it. It is just a super fun book to read. This is not just any quest by a dwarf, a girl, and a wizard for they meet some unlikely characters who are rather bizarre, and their journey takes a most unexpected turn that you couldn't possibly image. I highly recommend that you give this book a try. Its a great book.
I listened to the audio book and Robert Ashker Kraft did an amazing job. All the characters were fully fleshed out and distinct. Arthur was just haughty and whiny enough without being boring or annoying. He had great comedic timing, which is so important with writing like this.
I look forward to the next season and even the spin off. Powell is a powerful writer who is only going to get better.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**