This sword and sorcery tale takes a light-hearted approach to fantasy with various tongue in cheek references, amusing characters, and a handy plot device of characters getting ‘rebuilt’ after death so our heroes can die many times. It’s a very enjoyable book which, though silly, is not so silly that it crosses the line into stupid. Despite its lightness, the characters come across as real people, and the story has unexpected twists. The ending is excellent and leaves me wondering where the story will go next. This could be the start of a highly entertaining series.
Craft-wise, it’s solid in terms of prose, structure, pacing, dialogue and characterisation, my only concern is a little too much repetition. It’s as if each chapter was written as a separate story, so things already established are overemphasised, or reintroduced as if we weren’t already familiar with them. A few typos have also slipped through, though not enough to be a bother. 4 stars.