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A Fool's Errand by [Karch, Kendall]
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About the Author

Kendall Karch was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He grew up in the small town of Quinton, Oklahoma, where he spent his youth reading fantasy books and playing Dungeons and Dragons. While attending Quinton High School, Kendall began to write his own fantasy stories, hoping to one day contribute to the genre of books that had swept him away on so many adventures. After receiving his diploma from Quinton High School, Kendall moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where he pursued a degree in Professional Writing. In his years at the University of Oklahoma, Kendall had the privilege of studying under Mel Odom, a well-known author in the fantasy genre. At the University of Oklahoma, Kendall began work on his first novel, A Fool's Errand. In July 2012, after years of writing, Kendall's dream came true. A Fool's Errand became available to the world of fantasy readers. During a promotion on Amazon, A Fool's Errand reached the top of the epic fantasy list for free Kindle books. Since then, he has received many kind words from fantasy readers and plans to further contribute to the fantasy genre in the days to come.

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  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478218568
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J7KD8A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E. L. Sapp on January 21, 2013
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I debated a lot, trying to decide how to rate this book. I was hesitant to give it a 4, but it really isn't as mediocre as a 3. I finally decided that a 3 would not be fair, since the book s better than that, though not much better.

The book starts off slow. Not so much as "lacking action," but it is wordy, even during the action scenes. I came very close to giving up on it since it took so long to get going (about 1/4 of the way in).

Even once the story picks up and gets good, the author tends to drag out the scenes longer than they need to be. There is almost always something going on, but it takes forever to get there much of the time. Once the action gets going, it's great. But then the story slows down again.

The characters are well done, and I feel like I really got a feel for them. However, it seems like there is nothing they cannot do, which is how I came up with the title of this review. You know how to hero of an action movie always has the right solution to any problem and can always pull it off without too big of a hitch? That is what happens in this book. No matter what happens to the dwarves, hitting it with a pointy stick (sometimes a magic-infused pointy stick) is always the answer. And they can hit anything, anytime, anywhere. They get hurt, but they always get back up again. I am not saying I think the book would be better if one of them died (I don't). I just feel like some suspense was gone when you realize that the main characters are each a path of destruction.

Overall, I liked the book once it got going, but feel like it could have been shorter and the main characters needed some kind of flaw.
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I would probably give this book 3.5 stars (rounded up for generosity!)
[Some (very minor) spoilers may be included in this review....]

I picked up this title for the kindle when it was offered for free.
I honestly considered giving up after the first couple chapters. "Well-written" does not quite describe the style. The basic story-line is, however, great. Since it was so short, I decided to continue on - and am glad I did, in the end.
I wished at times for more detail and description. Many parts just get passed over in order to move on to the next action scene (i.e. a longer description of the humility and despair at being captured by slavers would have made an escape even more dramatic).
Many relationships are formed very quickly with unbelievable amounts of trust (i.e., having just met others of a different race provides immediate promotion to battle commander?!)
Lastly, while I was often caught up in the story, dialogue was often very cumbersome and distracting.

Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent in this fantasy world, but wish a bit more polish was given to the finished product.
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Great book. Characters are interesting. As a female reader, reading about a bunch of fantasy races, who are male. I'm not overwhelmed with testosterone but with the honor the writer gave his characters.
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Although I'm a fan of Fantasy fiction, I really did not expect to enjoy a book about dwarves nearly as much as I did. Usually dwarves are the comic sidekicks - not the main characters. This is a great read. The characters are engaging. The story moves along at a fast pace, and of course there's plenty of dwarven humor. If you liked the Hobbit, you'll probably enjoy A Fool's Errand.
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The greatest virtue of this story is its pacing. It will pull you along quickly and you'll follow it happily. A Fool's Errand is an adventure story that shows you enough of a place and its people to capture your imagination, but never stays long enough for the magic to fade. Along the way, the dwarf protagonists develop into heroes in a coming of age style story. The dwarves are likeable and A Fool's Errand is certainly their story, but to me a few side characters shined: a halfing who dreams of adventure, an old half-elf carpenter who pushes the dwarves to be heroes, and elf king who tells us that the real adventure isn't achieving our goals. I'd say that characterization seems to be one of Karch's strengths. The only criticism I have of the novel is that I felt the female characters were too few and less memorable than the male characters. I do recommend this book, so here is a quick pro/con break down:

Pros:
+Well paced/fast read
+Fun characters
+Interesting fantasy world
+Formatting looked good on my phone

Cons:
-Female characters lacking

Overall: I am only beginning to read author-published books on amazon, but this has certainly been the best I've come across. It is a quick read, the themes aren't complex, but they are well developed and it has some memorable characters and settings. I can honestly say this is the only author-published book I have both finished and felt was easily worth 3 bucks and my time.
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For those who love a good fantasy, A Fool's Errand is a modern classic in the tradition of Lord of the Rings. It is a tale of some dwarfs on a quest that discovers the importance of using their abilities of helping others. I loved it!
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Enjoyed the charactors of this book, though felt it was geared for a younger reader. There were so many adventures along the way throughout the quest that took place in such a short period of time it was unbelieveable, even for a fantasy adventure book. Enjoyed, but will likely not follow the series any further.
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