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Hero, Second Class Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Cyrus has always wanted to be a hero just like his father. He gets his chance and is apprenticed to the Crimson Slash, also know as Reg. As Cyrus is learning the ropes he meets a dragon and brother and sister Katheni, who are cat people. He gets involved in the battle against an arch-villain that has a grudge against his mentor and a determination to rule the world. (He is after all, a villain.) As it become clear that Voshtyr Demonkin is no ordinary arch-villain, there are also hints that Cyrus may not be an ordinary hero.
The humor in Bonds' writing had me laughing out loud. He manages to poke fun at every convention of adventure writing. Between monologuing villains, narrating heroes, Capital Letters and Arbitrary Numbers, he tells a story of a young man who is coming to grips with a world that is a lot more complicated than he had thought. Many of the characters are deliberate caricatures, but they have enough extra foibles to make them real. The real story that takes place between the lines of the epic battle between good and evil is touching and true to life.
Hero, Second Class is a first-class book, and I will be waiting eagerly for the next installment of mayhem.
Armchair Interviews agrees-good job Mitchell Bonds (who is only 20).
So, I'm not quite sure what I thought of the book over-all. Most of the characters are parodies of cliches... which are funny, but that makes it really hard to connect with them. Also, it took me a really long time to read.. there were times when I just put the book down and didn't come back to it for a few days. I'm not sure if this was the story, or just that I've read about five fantasy books in a row...
Anyway, three stars. I liked it, it just didn't suck me into the story.
Our Hero, Reginald, faces off with an Arch-Villain early in the story --don't skip the prologue, don't do it!--then later finds himself the mentor to a new recruit named Cyrus. This young trainee becomes increasingly aware of his own abilities, while also awakening to his feelings for Kris, a speaking cat-like creature. As the Hero, his trainee, the purr-machine, and a few others head off on separate Quests, they find themselves drawn back toward a cataclysmic clash with Voshtyr Demonkind and his acolytes.
The story, on the surface, sounds somewhat routine, but that's where Bonds refuses to be pigeonholed. He pokes fun at the genre, at the staples of storytelling, and even at the English language. With a Hero who narrates his own battles, a beautiful cat with a knack for puns, and the author's brief interruptions (and one particularly funny and wise removal from the scene), "Hero, Second Class" refuses to take itself too seriously. Even in the midst of a prophetic poem, the Hero questions his own propensity for rhyme!
Mixing the best elements of "The Princess Bride" and Monty Python, the story is entertaining, fast-paced, and delivered with a wry grin throughout. That isn't to say there aren't monsters, or sword fights, or gruesome decapitations. Oh, yes, there are plenty of the genre standbys.Read more ›
I had purchased this book quite a while back but sat on it due to the author being a mere nineteen years old. I figured what could a child possibly know about writing a good book. In an interview I had read that he was home-schooled and starting classes at Hillsdale College so I decided to start the book. The brightest kids I know (including my own) are home-schooled and reading this book confirmed it to be true. (I was schooled by the government so don't grade my poor English.) Mitchell has a great way with words - so much so I'm glad I read it on the Kindle so I could look up the meaning of a lot of them. His storytelling was unorthodox in many good ways. Unpredictable comes to mind throughout the entire tale.
Some have complained there was not enough of a Biblical message but I say it was well-done and made into part of the story. Since this is only book one my guess is there are unanswered questions that will be answered (such as who the priest was) in book two.
If you are looking to get this book please be aware that you'll need to get book two "Hero In Hiding" also since this book is not a stand-alone. At approx 1200 pages for the two books you will definitely get your moneys worth.
Now for the problem. The main character Cyrus falls in love with a cat girl. Literally. A feline that walks on hind legs. Now I understand this is fantasy but I could never get the human-with-an-animal thing clear in my head.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is about 400 pages too long. I had very high hopes when I read the blurb and some of the reviews. Honestly, the first half of the book isn't bad. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lord of the Books
This was a fun read! Bonds must have been chuckling the entire time he was writing it.
I hope there will be many more to follow this novel.
Well written characterization and story in the style of Piers Anthony and Terry Prachette. Very interesting world that is very worth investigating. Adult readers onlyPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great, silly read, and it was very enjoyable. It was interesting learning about all the rules in this fantasy world and how it allowed the characters to move around it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Funny, with many a reader's version of the old sight gag, things "Night fell on the town. He picked himself up and dusted himself off." A silly easy and fun read!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
OK, to start with, this is a Christian book and I'm what is generally referred to as a Pagan. In that vein, this book wasn't targeted towards me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Nolan
I could hardly wait for the book to be over. I kept asking myself, why finish it, if it's that bad? I stayed with it until the end though, but it kinda felt like I was punishing... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Roger C. Sellman
Amazing book with incredible story line. Just some small typing errors that do not take away from the flow of the story.Published 15 months ago by Forrest Lindman