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However at some point the story settles down into a more reasonable tale. The group becomes a collection of characters rather than an excuse for slapstick. The story actually becomes quite interesting and you end up urging them (especially Remy) to succeed.
I think the author has talent but that this story is not as clearly directed as it could be. With more subtle humour and a clear story line at the start this would have been a better book and I'm sure the author will improve.
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His team after the qualifying round consists of a thief Marie the Lock Collector, healer Artesia Branford, magician Fosher Corwain, and an ex pro wrestler Bleg. With a rookie captain who keeps stumbling over his own feet, will this unfortunately named team "Bowel" have any chance of even advancing to the next round?
There's also an intrigue afoot at the highest levels of power that threatens the king, stability of the nation, and possibly even a survival of the human race, if things get too out of hand.
So, this is the basic setup for the story. The events start unraveling fast after all the main players are introduced, and a few supporting characters add diversion and exposition, like Remy's friend Kyra and his new-found romantic interest Melicia. Interestingly, the competing team members sometimes look way more colorful that Remy's team even though they get less page-time. Team Parquois, Team Chosen, and especially Team Gorgomar make their appearances and help the storyline move forward smoothly.
This is a fantasy in the tradition of D&D, adventure dungeon crawlers (despite a certain lack of dungeons), and Anime versions of thereof. It's a fun and, in places, funny read with (spoilers) a happy ending. If you are looking for a well written, lighthearted adventure with a fantasy setting, I'd definitely recommend "The Adventure Tournament".
The heroes are likeable and the bad guys have motives beyond just wanting to take over the world (Mwa-ha-ha). The name of place where the story begins, Foeny Balognia, adds to the sense of comic adventure, letting the reader know this is not to be taken too seriously. There is nothing deep about this-- no cultural satire or philosophical insights, but the prose, editing, pacing, and other technical details are done well, making for an enjoyable, light read.
My only issue is that serendipitous events, such as finding a ladder or a jar laying around just when such things would come in handy, or happening to be on the right rooftop that just happens to collapse at the right time, strained my ability to suspend disbelief. Other than that, this is a fine story. I can recommend it.