Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review - Epic Fantasy 0.9b by WIll Weisser

The Decay is coming, and Ian, a fifteen-year-old from the Northwestern Forests of the Region, must flee his home village or be melted into noxious brown goo. With the help of an eccentric mage and an annoyingly cheerful orphan, he escapes to the Capital, fending off quadrupedal orcs, superintelligent vultures, and some of the Region’s less desirable human residents. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger who reveals that the Region may not be what it appears, he must decide whether to stay faithful to his friends, or abandon them and seek the truth.

Not your typical fantasy or science fiction book, EPIC FANTASY 0.9b is a genre-bending trip through a strange and surprising realm, blending action, adventure, drama and humor into a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

A novella of 35,000 words. Includes world map.

4 stars

Epic Fantasy 0.9b by Will Weisser is a fun story about a boy named Ian.  He has always been a bit different, asking questions that no one else really thinks about.  That has led him to be an outcast in his village and having a rather eccentric father hasn't really helped him in that regard.  When The Decay wipes out his village he sets out with Giesling, the local mage, to get help at the capital.  Along the way he meets up with Pip, another young man from his village, and Simon who seems to have knowledge that no one really should.

I really enjoyed the unique twist to this book.  I had it figured out fairly early on (almost anyway I was off on a minor detail) but that didn't take away any of the enjoyment for the story.  Ian and Pip are a bit mature for their ages, though the world that they live in and the things they have been through could probably explain that easy enough.

The book has a solid flow and I read it in a couple of sittings through the course of a day.  I really looked forward to getting back to reading it when I had to take a break as I was curious to see what Will was going to do with the unique twist he put on what seemed to be a very standard fantasy tale.

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre and are looking for something a bit outside of the box this is a great book to check out.  I'll be interested to see if Ian and Pip continue to have adventure or if this will turn out to be a one and done story world.

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