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- Print Length: 132 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0084PAWYW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story focuses on Klondaeg, a fearless monster-killing dwarf who roams the countryside, along with his talking axe, looking for bigger and badder things to kill. He encounters a colorful mix of characters, from the princess of the bird people to a mischievous creature called Clayborn. I was never really certain if he was bad or good!
This is a fun fantasy adventure story that sweeps you in and has you sitting on the edge of your seat as Klondaeg battles his numerous foes. I thought the story was very well written. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times as Klondaeg's gruff nature doesn't particularly care for a monster-free world.
I didn't really have any criticques for this story. I didn't see any editing mistakes or typos, but that was probably because I was too caught up in the dwarf's exploits to care. :) My only gripe? I wish it was longer!
Treat yourself to a fun read. You won't be disappointed!
Klondaeg The Monster Hunter takes place in the same universe that Steve Thomas created in his short story Smite Me, Oh Dark One. He continues to use this particular realm to tell stories of humorous fantasy. Klongaeg is a dwarf whose obsession is killing monsters. With a sentient ax that has two distinct personalities, one for each face, he is pretty constantly engaged in amusing banter.
This is not a book for someone who is looking for a serious dark fantasy, it is fantastic for people who want a series of light reads. Klondaeg is a straightforward character whose goal is to destroy all monsters in hopes of getting revenge on the one that killed his parents. As he travels he meets up with all kinds of people that help him along the way. They are generally interesting characters that expose a new facet of Klondaeg's character.
As I really enjoyed Smite Me this book was right up my alley and from my understanding there is another collection being written right now. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what other adventures are in store for Klondaeg and his crew.
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Klondaeg the Dwarf is a welcome addition to comic fantasy within the first few pages, and has the hallmark of all great characters - he seems to have always existed. His dual-personality ax is sort of the brains of the group, and he seems to travel with a shape changing gnome of dubious loyalty. His approach is "Hack-n-slash" and that approach never fails him. When in doubt, beat everything to a pulp and sort the pulp out later.
This book is an excellent example of light comic fantasy, a type that is apparently very difficult to do well, because there aren't very many examples of it being written. You can wait for Terry Pratchett to write one, or, now, you can wait for Steve Thomas to write another one.
Is Steve Thomas a pen name? It seems odd that someone with this much skill would just spring up out of nowhere. Either way, he'll get famous pretty fast. If you'd like a few hours of relaxed fun, get this book, but be ready to want another one at the end.
This is a funny, well-written, and fast-moving tale that takes on a lot of the major fantasy tropes, including magical weapons, prophecies, gods, heroes, and pretty much every fantasy race there is (and some completely new ones) and turns them upside down. It's silly, but beneath the silliness there's clever wordplay, engaging characters, exciting adventures and fight scenes, and some impressively creative worldbuilding (you have to love a pantheon that includes a Goddess of Whatever Passes For Love These Days).
Highly recommended, and when you finish it, be sure to have the sequel, Klondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters, on hand so you can dive right in.
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