King Boric the Implacable knows death comes to all great warriors. He just didn't expect it to be so damn fickle. Felled by an assassin's blade, he should be spending eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. Instead, his spirit is bound to his decaying body by the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt. And unless he can hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand, who gave him the weapon so long ago, he is cursed to wander the earth forever as an undead wraith. So begins Boric's extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis as a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. His is not an easy quest: along the way he is burned, riddled with arrows, and nearly blown to bits. But when he finally comes face-to-face with Lord Brand, Boric will discover that nothing - in life, in death, or in between - is exactly what it seems.
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Two words Phil Gigante!
Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy meets Lord of the Rings, writing with a Monty Python flare.
This writer is wonderful and so funny!! Having Phil read it was magic, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. He read it with such seriousness and I can't think how someone else could pull it off. Just don't read it in public or while running. The first will get you really weird looks, the latter will make it hard to breath through all the giggling! What a great fun book! I would recomend to any age, any gender. My 15 year old son loved it too!
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Fun read, and worth a listen, too.
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first I'd read by Kroese, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I also tend to be pretty skeptical of farcical books, but I found this one to be well done, and actually funny.
The characters are interesting, and the story twists are surprising, especially toward the end. There was one fairly cliché sexist moment in the plot, and it kind of pissed me off. However, the female character involved was pretty well represented in the rest of the book as an intelligent, caring, and important person. This compared to the much-less-intelligent lead male character.
I read most of the book on Kindle, but it came with free audio narration by Phil Gigante, and I listened to the last quarter. I wish I'd listened to the whole thing because he's one of the best audiobook narrators I've heard and made the story even more fun.
- Brian Thurston Bralczyk