I'll be honest, I've never been a huge fan of comedy fantasy. Perhaps it's a sense of protectiveness I have about the fantasy genre- after all, it's just gagging for someone to take the piss out of it.
But this book surprised me at how much I enjoyed it. I think the author has a great affection for the fantasy genre. It comes across in his plot and his prose. He's taken great care to build a background secret mystical world that hangs together very well. The various dwarves, faeries, wizards, trolls and witches that populate it interact wonderfully and the story is engaging and well-paced.
But this is, after all, a work of comedy. So how does that fair? Very well. The jokes fly at you thick and fast, varying from wince-inducing puns, to inane dialogue, to pop culture references, to great music gags. It made me laugh at loud in places and some of the characters are priceless: my personal favourites are the Edern, High Elf managers who talk about the Board and CEOs. And the authors love of music hits you from the first page and doesnt let up.
The footnotes definitely work better in the print edition than the kindle version, although the links in the latter were OK (just distracting).
Eager to read the sequel, which has just come out. An easy 5 stars here.