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The plot is pretty simple at heart – a young farmer is pushed past breaking point because of the crushing taxes imposed on him by the cruel dragon overlords, life takes a turn for the worse, he meets up with some dodgy mercenaries and everything gets out of hand. There’s also a crazy old drunkard and a some-what reformed mage, and somehow it all ends in a plan to rob a dragon. But that’s just the start. This book is part epic, part heist-caper and all excellent fun as events snowball into an unstoppable and almost inevitable avalanche that’s part farce, part brilliance.
If you like your fantasy to be ethereal and deep and dark and gritty, you will not get that here. These characters are bold, larger than life, swear extensively, and are full of flaws – with occasional good points thrown in. Will is our slightly naive farmer, who has so much to learn about both himself and the world; Lette is the mercenary toying with growing herself a conscience; Balur is her best friend and long time partner in violence, not to mention an eight-foot lizard man; Quirk is the academic who is definitely out of her element and struggling about that magic of hers she doesn’t want to use; and rounding out this bunch of misfits is Firkin, an old family friend of Will's and the local village drunk, who seems to have a curious and unsettling agenda all his own.
I loved these characters. They’re well-rounded, have plenty of hidden depths and are all distinctive in their own ways. I also adored the fact that Lette is powerful and determined and completely female, while Will has moments of damsel-in-distress, but never feels lessened by Lette’s strength. Balur is amazing, I loved that lizardman, Firkin is curious, and although I didn’t always like Quirk that much, she definitely has her own valuable points to add to everything.
The world is traditional fantasy fare, but with its own depth and history. The gods fit in perfectly with everything else, and the dragons are clearly the enemy, mostly through arrogance, greed and indifference. There is a lot of violence, much of which ends up as a punchline, but the death toll is also discussed in more serious terms – even if it then all ends with another, “oops, killed him” moment.
Basically if you love traditional high fantasy, but are a bit tired of grimdark story lines, give this a go. The humor is a big draw, but it also has a gripping, cleverly intricate plot, well-developed characters, including powerful women, and a world that is both familiar and decently built. I’m a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and how quickly I raced through it considering its length, but I’m delighted that I’ve discovered this world, author and series. I can’t wait to see where it all heads next; I’ve no doubt it’ll be another memorable journey.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
How clever is this author? I know, I'll write a book about a group of con en who want to rob a dragon's hoard? And I'll give it all kinds of witty dialogue and hilarious moments?
It reminded me a little bit of the Locke Lamora series, similar with the con men idea and they all have their specific strengths, and somehow Locke's plans always manage to work out (most of the time)
The book moved along quickly and I felt that all the characters were well drawn. I'm eager to learn more about everyone.
I took off 1 star because I found the character of Firkin, the old and insane drunk really annoying. The author spends some time telling us how gross Firkin is (he likes to poop in front of people and scratch himself with a pine cone afterwards) so that was disgusting and not what I want to read in a book. Also any love scenes were closed door and very short and lacking details and I felt like a lot of chances for laughs were missed because of that.
Overall, this was a great read and I will likely read it again sometime when I need a laugh. There is an excerpt for book 2 in the series and it looks good too. (No cliffhanger ending, book 1 has a great ending)
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