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Harpyness is Only Skin Deep (Tales of Arvia Book 1) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah
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- ASIN : B082Z44YDG
- Publication date : January 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1996 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 167888233X
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,101,809 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,063 in Humorous Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #2,577 in New Adult & College Fantasy (Books)
- #3,129 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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The writing is serviceable - it's no Orson Scott Card, but it's good enough to keep you engaged. You will need to get used to the switching viewpoints narrative style, which can be a little jarring at first; if I had one suggestion, it would be to use a different font when writing in each character's voice.
So how come I'm rating this book at 5 stars, and recommending it hands down? make no mistake about it, I am most definitely doing that.
Because I love this genre, and ever so often, I run into books in it that don't excel at anything in particular, but are just so... much... fun. They are compelling in the way that french fries dunked in milkshake can be - you know you shouldn't be doing it, and strangers may look at you funny, but it tastes oh-so-good. The analogy that popped into my head was the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison, which ended up at a count of eleven, and spawned off all sorts of things like games and comics and whatnot.
I love those SSR books. I adore this book, too, in sort of the same way.
Another example might be what I consider the best Piers Anthony book, which happens to be Split Infinity, rather than anything in the Xanth series or what have you. Not a literary masterpieces by any means, but damn if I don't enjoy reading it for the, uhh, tenth time again ever so often.
So there you go. "Harpyness" will not blow your mind with its depth or cleverness. But it is so approachable and engaging that you simply won't care. And for that, it deserves my recommendation.
The writing style could be developed a bit more, but the story itself is top notch and packed with enough jokes and action that will keep you eagerly reading while occasionally snorting with laughter. A great, lighthearted adventure! Can't wait to read more by this author.
This book made me unattractively snort-laugh at least twice a chapter with fast-paced jokes.
Best of all, the characters feel real and I grew to want only the best for them. The unlikely friendships that develop are genuine.
If you're looking for a litRPG that is funny, action-packed, and filled to the brim with loveable characters, Harpyness is Only Skin Deep is for you.
I need to know what happens next and will definitely be picking up more from this author.
Darin is a regular guy in his 20's just getting by, going nowhere fast. Hearing from some gaming friends about the newest experience in gaming, Darin follows the instructions to find how to join. He discovers the new game is no game at all. Its a chance to travel to another dimension, one that's a real fantasy world. Since he's not rich, he can't just go for a visit. Instead, we will be transferred there permanently, and a visitor from another dimension will take over his life. Signing the contract to travel to a world called Arvia, which is listed to have only small creatures and a low mortality rate for visitors, Darin gets his affairs in order. Meeting his contact to be sent over, Darin is told there were a couple typos in the contract that needed to be amended. Darin doesn't really take a close look, just signing, and gets sent across. Not reading what he signed will lead to some interesting consequences for Darin.
Arvia is definitely a fantasy world. It has fantasy creatures and races, and even magic. What Darin didn't realize is the predators of the world, which the original contract said weren't any larger than 100 inches, were actually no more than 100 feet, and were shockingly unpicky about what kind of meat they eat. Meeting up with other travelers, Darin learns its not all dungeon raids and gold. He will have to work as a laborer and earn money to live and eat. This doesn't leave time to try and find old tombs to raid. The giant predators also give incentive not to be roaming around either!
A few months into his new life, Darin has a job working for a merchant. He makes a deal for some magic fabric and finds it has magic properties, making it usable for Darin to make a wing suit that allows him to glide long distances. On an excursion testing the suit, he gets caught by a group of harpies, who are about 30 feet tall, and they start throwing him around before they would devour him. Escaping the smallest one, he ends up turning the tables and lands on her back, which leads to something amazing. Darin starts talking to the harpy, named Rinloh, and they strike up a strange friendship, as Darin teaches Rinloh humans have more uses than as a tasty part of a balanced diet.
This leads to the heart of the story, as Darin and Rinloh teach each other about their cultures, and Rinloh starts to think of Darin as her friend, something unimaginable before their meeting. Its also during this time that Darin starts adventuring in the city he lives in, called Xin, looking into various mysterious disappearances in the city that are increasing in number as the yearly fair is about to happen, something the city doesn't need to be interrupted. What Darin and his partners discover will threaten Darin's life, and even Rinloh might not be able to keep Darin from meeting a horrible end.
CHARACTERS AND WORLD BUILDING
This is one of those books that has a lot of character building mixed with quite a bit of world building. Darin and Rinloh are both POV characters, and a lot of attention is paid to their character arcs, letting the reader get into their heads, with a close look at their thoughts and motivations. They both get excellent character building arcs, coming really far from where they started. There are several secondary characters, who get various levels of character building, but do rise above the level of two dimensional cutouts. The villains have actual realistic motivations based on how their society operates.
The world building is pretty expansive, since Arvia is such a different kind of fantasy world. It has magic, but where Darin lives, in Xin, its weak and diffuse. The wilderness is full of huge fantasy predators, from giant harpies, naga, even more giant mermaids, various giant cats, giant crabs, centaurs, and many others, most not friendly to humans, who are forced to live in walled cities for protection. Xin the city is fairly small by Arvia standards, and considered a backwater, but provides protection form the predators to its residents. The various predators have their territories which they guard jealously. This is the world Darin finds himself in, a fantasy realm with not a lot of fantasy aside from the monsters.
As I noted previously, I always appreciate a fantasy story that has a lighter side. Even though there are a few darker moments in this one, they are far outweighed by the comedic elements. With fun characters and an atypical fantasy setting, its a fun story that keeps the reader turning pages, and hoping their will be more stories to come.
This is a fun, lighthearted look at a slightly magical world. Some laugh out loud moments, and some pathos.
And one unlikely romance.