Comedic Fantasy Round-up

Hello and Happy Weekend! I have been thoroughly enjoying Jodie’s series on comedic fantasy this week – over at Witty and Sarcastic Book Club and so I thought I would put together a post about the comedic fantasy I have recently read and enjoyed.


Thunder Blood and Goats by Lyra Wolf

I really love Lyra’s snarky and often hilarious take on the Loki myths. Her next book That Good Mischief is due out on March 9th and I CANNOT WAIT!

Blurb

Killing one measly dragon wasn’t supposed to be a problem.

It seemed like a good choice, if not practically heroic, to join Thor on a quick mission to rid the realm of Alfheim of a minor dragon infestation. It all goes wrong when Thor insists on bringing the goats. And then it gets worse when Elénaril—an elf with an attitude and a crossbow—steps on the scene.
Loki finds her absolutely charming

And so does Odin. He craves Elénaril for his army in Valhalla. Loki sees this as a (second) chance to secure his place in Asgard and impress the gods.

He wants to show them he isn’t as bad as they say.

But if Loki does what Odin wishes, it might not necessarily prove he isn’t as bad as they say, but prove that he is.

Thunder, Blood, and Goats is a stand-alone novella, and can be enjoyed in any order as part of The Nine Worlds Rising series.

goodreads | Amazon | My Review


Creation (Why Odin Drinks #1) by Bjørn Larssen

This is the hilarious book 1 in a 4 book collection which covers the Norse Creation Myth. The follow up books will be available in one bumper volume.

Blurb

In the beginning there was confusion.

Ever woken up being a God, but not knowing how to God properly? Your brothers keep creating mosquitoes and celery and other, more threatening weapons. What can your ultimate answer be – the one that will make you THE All-Father and them, at best, the All-Those-Uncles-We-Don’t-Talk-About?

“FML! That answer’s why I drink!” – Odin

Amazon | goodreads | My Review


The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson

A tale of a heroic quest told by an unreliable and self-obsessed bard named Heloise.

Blurb

Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers’ call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure.  

But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don’t always know what they’re doing. Sometimes they’re clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? They’re not always assholes, and sometimes they don’t actually want to eat your children. Heloise the Bard, Erithea’s most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. 

 See, it turns out adventuring isn’t easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she’s finally able to tell the real story-for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat. 

 Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments-things are going to get messy.

Amazon | goodreads | My Review


The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex by K.R.R. Lockhaven

Blurb

Kept hidden by the United States government for decades, the Site is a place where magic is real. But that doesn’t mean that everything happening there is sparkly. Soul-sucking policies and layers of stifling bureaucracy threaten to take all the fun out of magic.

Harris, a newbie Conjurer, starts his first day of work at the Site bursting with excitement: he’s been brought on for an extremely big project happening the very next day. In a triumph over its habitual inefficiency, the Site manages to carry out its plan and conjure an actual dragon to be used by the military.

The dragon (Zoth-Avarex, the self-proclaimed greatest dragon in the multiverse) immediately eats the person next to him, snatches a “princess” from the ranks of the Conjuring Department, and flies away to the Space Needle. There he manipulates the media, outwits the Site’s bumbling management, demands sixty-three billion dollars’ worth of treasure (because Smaug was said to have had sixty-two billion in his hoard), threatens to destroy the city—and installs a couple of food trucks.

The “princess” is the twin sister of Harris’s crush Ana, and the fiancée of his new friend Jake. Harris, Ana, and Jake team up with a rule-breaking magician on a quest to send the smart-ass, narcissistic dragon back from whence he came. They’ll need to travel to storied realms in order to find the magical items needed to defeat the dragon. As they quest through red tape and various familiar fantasy elements, Harris will need to somehow make his timidity, inexperience, and idealism work for him. Meanwhile, tension rises as the “princess” has escape plans of her own, and the Site management sends an alternate hero off in a rowboat to visit a surfing Merlin—a mission that ends up a lot more perilous than anyone had anticipated.

While this book skewers the same fantasy genre it gleefully inhabits, it also pokes fun at corporate culture, today’s obsession with wealth and celebrity, and our denial that life is anything more than meets the eye. Hapless Harris, believing in magic all along, learns to apply what he’s picked up between the pages of fantasy literature.

Amazon | goodreads | My Review


Zoth-Avarex’s Escape Plan by K.R.R. Lockhaven

Remember those childhood books where you had to make decisions as you went along and those decisions would take you to different parts in the book? This is an adult version of those.

Blurb

Zoth-Avarex is a miserable dragon.

In this Pick-Your-Own-Path Experience, you can help him escape from his demi-god master and accumulate the biggest hoard the multiverse has ever seen. Along this path, you will need to guide him past dangers such as a kraken, anthropomorphic sandwiches, love, friendship, and Tom Bombadil.

With eight possible endings, this idiotic ebook companion to the critically acclaimed (no, seriously) novel, The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse, will probably be a pretty fun experience for you. But if not, at least it’s cheap…

Amazon | goodreads | My Review


The Quest for the Holy Hummus and The Vegan Charade (The Chickpea Chronicles) by James Allinson

When I read these they were in separate volumes – but now they are combined so you get two for the price of one! These are the stories of a peaceful, vegan dragon who is very fond of amateur dramatics.

Blurb

Fast-paced, irreverent satire for Pratchett and Python fans. This ebook contains volumes 1 and 2 of The Chickpea Chronicles.

THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY HUMMUS
A journey for organic hummus results in unwarranted prejudice. The story of how George The-Decent Dragon became the greenest vegan in human society.

Despite being a regressive and unhelpful stereotype, it was nevertheless accurate to say that dragons were aggressive, bloodthirsty brutes. Not George, though. He’s a self-professed ‘decent’ individual with a penchant for organic cookery, gardening, and making his own clothes. Oh, and he’s a vegan, you know!
George’s adventure begins when he decides he wants some hummus. However, as Dragonville definitely isn’t the sort of place to find chickpea-based snacks, he sets off towards People Town to visit his favourite place in the whole world, the glorious Farmer Fred’s feel-good, local, family, fair-trade, organic wholefoods store.
Follow George as he traverses Dragonville, desperately tolerating the idiots who wander into his path – before continuing on towards lovely, civilised People Town where unfortunately our heroic, massive, fire-breathing reptile encounters further unwarranted prejudice.
Will George get his delicious dip? Will he make any new friends? Will years of suppressing his true instincts make him have a terrifying and very-public nervous breakdown? Find out!

THE VEGAN CHARADE
War has been declared! The Ogreton Ogres plan on liberating Dragonville. Only George The-Decent Dragon can stop them – and his amateur dramatics group are here to help.

Now established in People Town, George is enjoying his new, civilised life. However, back in Dragonville trouble is brewing.
A war has been declared! Sworn enemies, the Ogreton Ogres have heard that a huge, poncho-wearing dragon refuses to eat people and also, that it won’t let the other dragons eat them either. There can be only one explanation for this nature-defying dietary-finickiness: They have all gone soft!
Tasked with averting the conflict, George is dragged back from his idyllic existence. His only hope is to convince the ogres that they’ve got it wrong; that dragons are still mental monsters who will happily gulp down anything put before them without making a huge fuss. But actual people-eating isn’t an option, because he’s a vegan, you know!
Fortunately, People Town’s largest resident isn’t alone in his laborious, meat-free charade. The members of the Amateurish Amateur Dramatics Society / Production Company are waiting for their curtain call.
Will George’s thespian abilities be up to the challenge? Will he be able to find his motivation? Will all terrifying losses of self-control be strictly as per the script? Tickets available now!

Amazon | goodreads | My Revew of Book 1 | My Review of Book 2


Loners by D.B. Bray

The extremely snarky and irreverent tale of a dwarf and his companions on a quest. I listened to this one on audiobook and the narration by Walt Allen was really exceptional!

Blurb

Jari Rockjaw just wants a quiet life and a homestead to call his own. He has been a bounty hunter in Labrys for over 100 years. And it’s getting old. Battle after battle, allies lost and gained, he now wants to smoke his pipe in the solitude far from the human cities he despises. An option to do so comes his way when the king of Ekepia asks for a favor. Jari is tasked with destroying the evilest dwarf ever to walk the world! 

With Jari’s best mates at his side, they team up for one last mission…a mission that will be nearly impossible to pull off. But just like everyone else, if the juice is worth the squeeze, you take the risk. The only question he must ask himself is…. Is retirement worth dying for? 

Amazon | goodreads | My Review


Waxing Lyrical (Book #2 in The Actum Tempus Saga) by Adam Jacob Burgess

This one I am still in the process of reading on behalf of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team (#RBRT) – and thoroughly enjoying. It is Book 2 in a series but works equally well as a standalone. I will be reviewing it here on my blog in March as part of #marchofthesequels – so watch this space!

A free prequel novella is available on Adam’s website.

Blurb

The second exciting, hilarious, excitingly-hilarious instalment in The Actum Tempus Saga.

All Sawwse wants is to find master lyricist Órga Dán, learn everything there is to know about lyrics and win Esh’areth’s premier talent competition. Instead, she finds herself face-to-face with terrifying sea monsters, lonely necromancers, war-forging Little Kings, and even a pernickety dragon…

Still, this is all par for the course when babysitting the most powerful wizard in the world.

Especially when she happens to be twelve years old.

‘Being a twelve-year-old girl was the hardest thing known to man. That was because most men wouldn’t recognise a hormone if it turned around and bit them on the jacksie. As it happened, it was also the hardest thing known to women, gnomes, elves, orcs, orcas, ogres, and goblins.’

Amazon | goodreads


Well I hope you have found something you might like among these books! They are all guaranteed to make you giggle – even if you try not to!

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