Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Army of Golems: An Unconventional Heroes Publisher's Pack Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Contains Books 1 and 2 of the Unconventional Heroes series.
Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf, book 1:
Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf - it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy.
Timothy Walter Bolton - better known as Timmy - has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn't terrorising his enemies, he's plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally malevolent and megalomaniacal nature. But after one of his latest creations, a zombie hydra-dragon-bear, tries to eat him, he decides that maybe it's time to find a new, less dangerous, career.
But that's easier said than done. He's a wanted criminal with no shortage of powerful (and crazy) enemies, and he has a bone or two to pick with the Everton Council of Mages.
It's a good thing that he's got some help: an obnoxious 10-year-old apprentice who thinks that pink glasses are appropriate for a budding necromancer and a bumbling bureaucrat who may or may not make it through their first real fight without puking his guts up. Wonderful.
Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord, book 2:
Two necromancers, an army of golems, and a demon lord - it sounds like a recipe for trouble, and for Timmy, it definitely is.
To earn his pardon and avoid horrible torture and/or gruesome execution, Timmy has to complete every mission the Council throws his way, most of which seem to involve extremely scary things trying to kill him. At least he’s got help - sort of. His help consists of an apprentice with designs on his castle (and her plans may or may not involve overthrowing him), a bureaucrat whose two greatest skills are fainting in the face of trouble and using people (usually Timmy) as human shields, and an elf with the world's worst case of pyromania and enough magic to level a mountain.
Somehow, Timmy's got to get this bunch of unconventional heroes to work together. Trouble is coming, and it's trouble of the kind that only a necromancer like Timmy could possibly find himself in the middle of.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||L. G. Estrella|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 26, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,904 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#166 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#343 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#719 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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That being said, it's well written. Definitely none of the awful grammar or spelling that you see in a lot of titles like this, the presentation is tight. The plot is clever, kind of a fantasy version of Suicide Squad with a big cartoon vibe to it, Timmy the Necromancer and his apprentice Katie and friends, characters are always tweaking each others noses and putting each other in headlocks and stuff, kind of a Three Stooges feel for those who might remember that. Lighthearted and not a bad read if you're cool with that kind of thing, but like I said... very short and incomplete. I really was expecting more but when I think about it I paid my $2 and got my sample so I can't complain too much.
The first book of the series is about how this unorthodox team comes together and starts doing, ahem, good.
The concept is a pleasant change from the usual fantasy trope of 'Companions fighting evil', the writing is snappy, and the whole story is often quite funny. All in all, a fun read and highly recommended.
I didn't give it five stars, however, because it's too damned short. Don't consider that a value statement unless your sole criterion is $$ per word (in which case it IS a value statement). This is NOT a book. It is, at best, a novella. Most would consider it a short story. I don't regret or begrudge the author the $2 I spent on this, however. I do regret reaching the end of the book at 32 minutes into my 45 minute stationary bicycle cardio session (I read quickly, your mileage may vary). I look forward to book two (a REAL sized book...)
I held of buying this for quite a while, because of the name mostly. It just didn't exactly scream "great book" to me. But I'm glad I picked it up.
Some people said they had a hard time accepting the apprentice was only 10, because she doesn't act like it. But that never really bothered me. I just accepted she was one of those precocious 10 year olds from a tv or movie. You know the one, who doesn't act their age and always knows exactly what to say in any situation.
Interesting spin on magic where each mage has abilities in one or two areas.
Book is a little on the short side, but it sets up the characters nicely for the sequels so be sure to pick those up.
- Pretty lacking in physical descriptions of characters and locations. You maybe get a sentence or two of what a character looks like, or new location they are entering and that's it. I would have liked some more to flesh out the characters and the locations.
Anyway, there were a few situations like that, and after pushing myself to finish it, I decided I didn't care about these characters.
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The book severs more as an introduction to the series than anything else. But still a promising series, though. I might be lulled into picking up the next one in the series someday.