HEROES OF HASTOVIA BOOK 1: THE FIRST ADVENTURE (FORMERLY KARL'S KINGDOM)
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"The plot is good, the characters are lifelike, it's packed with creativity, and is very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll like this."
#2 in Kindle Store for Epic
#9 for Literary humour
A young man who has never fit in, searching for home before he is captured and killed.
An oaf who watched his mother being brutally murdered, seeking vengeance.
The last of her kind who can only talk in questions, wanting acceptance and knowledge.
A princess struggling to keep her people alive, desperate for a solution.
And a villainous Man-Hawk, his soldier of doom and their army, threatening all of their lives.
Alone, everything they know will perish, but together, they have a chance to change the world.
It is a warm, humorous and sometime dark fantasy about friendship, featuring magic, monsters, morons and more.
"The story is full of interesting and creative ideas, much more than a typical fantasy story. For example, a likeable young lady called Questions, who can't make statements, but can only ask questions. She's from the Inquisos tribe, who struggle to have a normal life due to the difficulties of communicating. I particularly liked the idea of "Tortured Souls". If someone strong is tortured, rather than dying they escape by shrinking to become a small creature, a head with tiny legs. They don't remember much, but if anyone says their name to them then they get restored to their normal self. That's a good way of writing - take a common idiom and twist it to have a fantastical meaning. The plot is good, the characters are lifelike, it's packed with creativity, and is very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll like this." By AVID READER - AMAZON HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Very much enjoyed Karl's adventures - a colourful rabble of characters you really grow to love in a novel laced with dry wit. Wouldn't want to draw lazy comparisons to Pratchett, but the marriage of whimsical characters and a fully-realised but bonkers world, plus the potential to explore more of Hastovia in future instalments (plus the fact I'm lazy) means I'm going to.
Hope it finds the audience it richly deserves. Two thumbs up." CRUNCHYBACKPACK (Amazon Reviewer)
"This is a wildly funny fantasy romp that fans of Terry Pratchett will love.
The characters are vibrant and a bit disturbed, the storyline is an unforgettable one." CAZ (Amazon Reviewer)
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