- File Size: 605 KB
- Print Length: 161 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Full Moon Enterprises (February 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BCN1TS6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hard Times in Dragon City (Shotguns & Sorcery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A sharp blend of hardened detective story and wizard fantasy, HARD TIMES is a true thrill ride for all those craving a well-done hybrid genre. Is it hardcore fantasy? Not exactly. Is it urban fantasy? Not so much in the 'Protagonist has an enchanted hockey stick' way. But is it original and seamless? Absolutely.
Forbeck, of Vegas Knights (Angry Robot) fame, has a clean, elegant style that will carry you through the dirty world he's created. He's truly an author that never lets you down.
Can't wait to finish the trilogy!
Mikel K Andrews
Author, Coming of Mage
Shotguns & Sorcery - Hard Times in Dragon City
Ever wondered what fantasy noir would be like, with dragons, elves, halflings, dwarves and zombies? Matt Forbeck presents exactly that scenario in his latest self-published novel, set in his Shotguns & Sorcery RPG setting. The novel focuses on former adventurer and treasure hunter Max Gibson as he investigates the brutal deaths of one of his dead friend's family members. Events lead him beyond the walls of the Dragon City, and even to the Dragon's Spire at the heart of the city, where it's ruler holds his court. As with any and all of Matt Forbeck's work, his characters are excellent. Max Gibson makes for a wonderful protagonist with a distinct cynical personality and a flair for the tongue-in-cheek. Matt builds him up really well throughout the novel, and gives him some great dialogue as well. Captain Yabair of the Dragon Guard, Max's former lover Bellezza Sanguigno, Max's former adventuring partner Moira, and all the characters that populate the novel are all just as fantastic characters. I really liked the tense professional relationship between Max and Yabair. A buddy comedy starring these two would be awesome.
Dragon City, whether beyond its walls to the zombie hordes or within to the Dragon's Spire, is a wonderful setting. I really like the mix of gunpowder weaponry and magic, which makes for a really good change from most other fantasy novels that I come across in my reading. Some really wonderful sights and sounds in the city, and it also has a very rustic, frontier town feel to it. I'd love to read more about the setting!
With some great pacing, a very exciting murder mystery, an even more excellent detective-protagonist, I can say with confidence that Hard Times In Dragon City is an amazing novel. As is my usual complaint with Matt's 12-for-12 novels though, I really wish that these novels were longer!
This was my first exposure to the fantasy-noir genre—unless you count The Dresden Files ... which I suppose one must. But this is different. Rather than take place in a contemporary setting with fantasy elements mixed in, this story takes place in a fantasy world, with fantasy elements as the main ingredients. I loved this story, but even more, I loved the setting. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, but even more, I can't wait for the role-playing game that's in the works. If you like noir, action, humor, and, of course, fantasy, you owe it to yourself to give this book a read. It's loads of fun!
At first, this bugged me. I am a fan of noir, even if it's hazily defined, and I felt like I wasn't getting what I wanted. And yet, the series' tone reminded me a fair bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels which also use noir detective trappings to tell a more traditional fantasy tale (albeit a modern fantasy one in Butcher's case). Once I wrapped my head around the fact that Matt was using noir as set dressing and not as a plot structure, I got over my concerns and enjoyed the mad race to the end of everything. Plus, Matt does something with his fantasy that I don't see much these days -- he keeps it concise, and that gets a lot of points with me in these days of 800-page doorstops.
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