Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Review - The Adventures of Sir Edric - Volume One

Happy Tuesday! It's time for a rash of book reviews! How excited are you? Today, I have a review for the second part of a book I loved, Sir Edric's Temple. It's had a part added and been re-released as The Adventures of Sir Edric: Volume One. Fingers crossed you love this review.

This week, I'll also be reviewing Dark Bishop by authors Rachael Brownell and Casey L. Bond, Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer, and Gifted by Liz C. Long. Ready? Let's get going!

As always, we'll start with a little about the book up for slaughter uhhhh review. *grin*

Title: The Adventures of Sir Edric: Volume One (Includes Sir Edric's Temple and Sir Edric's Treasure)
Author: Thaddeus White
Genre: Satire Fantasy
Length (print): 261 pages
Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle $2.99

Blurb:
Sir Edric's Temple

When Sir Edric Greenlock, the Hero of Hornska, is summoned to attend the King in the dead of night he fears imminent execution. Committing adultery is frowned upon in King Lawrence's domains, especially when it's with Lawrence's wife. The King, however, has something else in mind. Priceless royal treasures have been stolen, and the King dispatches Sir Edric to retrieve them in a mission that could optimistically be described as suicidal.

Accompanied by his pathologically loyal manservant Dog, the prudish elf Lysandra, and a man called Colin, he must travel to the Unholy Temple to retrieve the royal treasures from a mysterious thief.

Sir Edric’s Treasure

It isn't always nice to be wanted, as Sir Edric discovers when an enormous bounty on his head attracts bounty hunters to him like dung attracts flies. To escape near certain capture, he embarks on a daring quest to pay off his bounty by winning the inheritance of the dying, and obscenely wealthy, Archibald Thrift.

Accompanied by his trusty manservant Dog, Raella the librarian and Belinda, a ten foot nun, he must find the Eye of Wisdom to win Archie's wealth. But he'll need all his cunning to best his rivals for Archie's legacy, and the bounty hunters won't give up their prey easily...

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Here's where I'm gonna get a little wonky. Because I read and reviewed Sir Edric's Temple previously, I won't talk about that one here. You can find my review on my blog here. This review will be only about Sir Edric's Treasure. Moving on!

Since I loved the first story in this collection, someone told me I should check out part two. I can't even tell you how excited I was to find out there WAS a part two. Well, I ran off to Amazon, bought it, and devoured it in one sitting. Yes, you can read each story in just a few hours. Let's get to the good stuff though, shall we?

From a Reader's Perspective:
Again, I was whisked into Sir Edric's world with a guffaw and a hearty dose of snark. I do love this knight's snark oh so much. It's not what he thinks so much as it is what he says in direct contradiction. You see his inner-monologue often, and it's a clever way for the author to show you this is, indeed, a rapscallion you're dealing with. Edric is a complete and utter cur. What tickles me most is how he lies to himself as well as everyone around him. There's a vein of a true hero there, but one cannot find it unless one looks beyond the words to the actions. Yes, he plunders maidens and tombs. How can you have a despicable hero without all the plundering? There's this one section about vegetables... All I can say is, you have to read it for yourself so you may laugh as heartily as I did. Ah, I'll never look at asparagus quite the same way again.

Dog was, once again, an amazing cohort. He always arrives in the nick of time and plunges a sword into anyone threatening his master. It's beautiful and perfect, as most satire lends itself to be.

I enjoyed the twist in the second section, too, and I was left with my palm on my forehead in an "of course" moment.

From an Editor's Perspective:
I found verrrry few errors, and they were all punctuation (dropped commas and the like). Nothing that chucked me out of the story, and nothing that would trouble anyone reading.

Rating:
+1 Star for making me laugh (I do love to laugh)
+1 Star for showing me what kind of guy Sir Edric is (really)
+1 Star for the amazing adventure over crazy terrain and through treacherous towns
+1 Star for that awesome twist
+1 Star for editing

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it. Highly recommended for those who dearly love to laugh.

Have you read it? Will you? What did you think (if you did)?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

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