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The author of the book: John Moore
Date of issue: 2005
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Prince Kevin Timberline, of Rassendas, is one of four Princes' who are vying for the hand of the beautiful Princess Rebecca, of Deserae. Before the King and counsellors of Deserae can make any final judgement on the worthiness of the suitors word arrives that the evil Overlord, Lord Voltmeter, has stolen the magical Ancient Artifact Number 7 and plans to use it to power his Diabolical Device. The Princes' are tasked with stopping Lord Voltmeter and returning Ancient Artifact Number 7. The man who does so will be the one who saves the Kingdom and marries the Princess! Military genius and seasoned soldier Prince Logan is put in charge of the army. Noted diplomat Prince Kevin is aghast to be assigned as the armies supply officer. He decides to take matters into his own hand and sets off to break into Voltmeter's Fortress of Doom to steal the artifact back on his own. A task he feels up to thanks to being armed with Robert Taylor's helpful Handbook of Practical Heroics. He soon finds himself landed with a comic sidekick in the form of the "Ice Princess" Rebecca. She fancies grabbing the Artifact herself and choosing her own husband!
This is as light and fun a read as it sounds. It is a parody of Sword and Sorcery fantasy novels, fairytales, and superhero stories. There is just enough depth to the characters to make them interesting and likeable despite the clichés. The same goes for the story. It has a comfortably familiar feel and is very light in tone but still managed to hold my attention from start to finish. The book was pretty hilarious and packed full of over the top humour. We had everything from heroic quests to soothsayers and even an Evil Assistant!
I'm not always a fan of comic fantasy so I was quite delighted that the mix of story, humour, and ridiculousness was the right blend for me. It is worth noting that despite the light feel of the story John Moore indulged in a few fantasies of his own and as a result this almost verged on being a soft core bodice ripper at times! I say almost as all the sexual humour and lingering gazes between the characters was, mostly, pretty tame.
This was a light and fun read and I'll definitely try a few more of John Moore's fantasy parody books.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Audio Note: I'm sure that some of the humour might have felt a bit flat if I was actually reading this book, but that was not the case with the audio version as Joe Delafield totally got the ridiculous tone of the story and his delivery of the humour and character voices was perfect. Fantastic performance!
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Read information about the authorJohn Moore is an engineer who lives and works in Houston, TX. His stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Tomorrow, New Destinies, Aboriginal SF, Writers of the Future, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, and other magazines and anthologies. He is the author of six novels in the fantasy and science fiction genre, with the newest, The Lightning Horse , just released from YD Press.
In 2017 he will be at the Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh, the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Armadillocon in Austin, Texas, and Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas.
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