Xebdigon Whizzfiddle is a wizard who has to find a quest, get it contracted, and finish it to the letter within 30 days or he'll lose his guild membership status, meaning he'll have to actually work for a living. At the perpetual age of 650, this is really no longer an option.
After interviewing countless people who are looking for a wizard to quest with, Whizzfiddle all but gives up. But then one last questing party arrives, and they're the oddest bunch he's seen in a long time - and being a wizard in the land of Ononokin, that's saying something!
They have to traverse the portals from the Upperworld to the Underworld; deal with trolls, ogres, gorgans, orcs, and, worst of all...humans; survive the land of professional salespeople; go through the afterlife; and fight to avoid Whizzfiddle's disgruntled past-apprentice's attempts to thwart them at every turn.
Going through all of this makes Whizzfiddle wonder if maybe he shouldn't just give up magic and go back to his roots of being a farmer.
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Humor satire and Wizards
- Kindle Customer
Lighthearted, funny flight of fantasy
Logsdon and Young have worked on a number of lighthearted comic fantasy and sci-fi stories. I thought the Ononokin universe was innovative, interesting and funny. The differences between the upper and lower worlds intrigue me, as does the concept of wizards needing to come into contact with a very specific magical essence in order to cast spells.
I enjoyed the gradual reveal as to the precise nature and application of Treneth of Dahl's magical essence!
I would not consider myself likely to read a book in this genre in print version from the library. Having the story and characterisation performed skilfully by a narrator makes it a lot more fun and Jus Sargeant's work rendering the characters doesn't disappoint. His Gungren and the orcs are particularly amusing.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
- Cameron F.