M. Ray Allen
Lucky Duck Publishing
Sol and Oather have plans to get rich exploring the ruins under their city. Everyone knows there is treasure to be found there, if you survive the monsters. They are joined by a noble friend of Sol’s. In their explorations they rescue a wizard and an elf, but are trapped in a faraway land ruled by a cursed man named Nicholas. A young acolytes and a lady assassin are also trapped. The only way to escape is to kill Nicholas, only the curse he is under makes him unkillable.
I enjoyed reading this adventure, the characters are the usual motley group of quest books, but they have enough quirks to make them more than just the standard crew. I would like to see Sol’s character get a little more depth, but as this is the first in a series, there is time for that.
The book is complete on its own, which is a bonus in this age of cliffhanger endings, but the foundations of future books are well laid. I like to see an author demonstrating their ability to write a solid ending before asking the reader to invest themselves in a long series.
This is a well crafted and fun read. I would recommend it to readers of adventure fantasy.