Rating: I'M OBSESSED
Series: The Adventures of Sir Edric #1
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 31st, 2016
Author Website • Goodreads
Book Blurb: Sir Edric’s Temple:
When Sir Edric Greenlock, the Hero of Hornska, is summoned to attend the King in the dead of night he fears imminent execution. The King, however, has something else in mind. Priceless royal seals have been stolen, and the King dispatches Sir Edric to retrieve them in a mission that could optimistically be described as suicidal.
Along the way he’ll battle rockheaded golems, terrible sorcery and the Ursk: a race of brutal slavers who consider humans to be a sort of edible currency.
Accompanied by his pathologically loyal manservant Dog, the prudish elf Lysandra, and a man called Colin, he must travel to the Unholy Temple to retrieve the royal seals from a mysterious thief.
Sir Edric’s Treasure:
It isn’t always nice to be wanted, as Sir Edric discovers when an enormous bounty on his head attracts bounty hunters to him like dung attracts flies. To escape near certain capture, he embarks on a daring quest to pay off his bounty by winning the inheritance of the dying, and obscenely wealthy, Archibald Thrift.
Accompanied by his trusty manservant Dog, Raella the librarian and Belinda, a ten foot nun, he must find the Eye of Wisdom to win Archie’s wealth. But he’ll need all his cunning to best his rivals for Archie’s legacy, and the bounty hunters won’t give up their prey easily...
It was important to give a pre-battle speech. It made the commander look like he knew what he was doing and made the chaps about to die feel like it might be worth it.
…After being kicked in the cullions…
“Sir, are you injured?” Dog asked.
“No, I’m incubating a muskrat in my trousers and don’t want to wake it up,” Sir Edric replied. “Of course I bloody am!”
Heroism: a brand of stupidity so extreme it’s frequently fatal to the man in question.
I’m so excited to have been given the opportunity to read and review The Adventures of Sir Edric before it’s released on March 31st, 2016! The Adventures of Sir Edric contains two stories, Sir Edric’s Temple and Sir Edric’s Treasure. Sir Edric’s Temple was originally self-published in 2013 but has since been picked up by a publisher and combined with Treasure in this first volume of Edric’s Adventures.
To summarize the stories, they follow a knight, Sir Edric, and his ever present manservant, Dog, as they embark on dangerous quests. It’s a fantasy comedy, heavy on the comedy.
First and foremost, people easily offended should steer clear of this book. I’d hate to see Sir Edric rated poorly because someone took offense to the character. Sir Edric is a womanizer, a drunk, and a generally selfish person who stumbles into righteous acts quite by mistake. He likes to look at women, a lot. 90% of the women in the story are ogled and pursued by Edric. Heroism happens only when he needs to save himself or the wine. He is far from perfect and he does not strive to be perfect. However, despite all these flaws, you can’t help but root for him. Dog as well. The two play off each other perfectly. Dog has morals, but is unwavering in his service to Edric, and often does most of the fighting and saving. It makes his character as interesting and important as Edric himself. There’s obviously more to these characters that are hinted about throughout the two stories, and I can’t wait to uncover all their secrets.
For me, the world is developed perfectly. We’re given what we need to know for the story without some history lesson being dumped on us. It feels full and complete. There’s some nifty creatures in the book as well.
The humor is over the top sometimes with the perfect amount of cheese, which I think is great. At one point, the characters are fighting a basilisk and Sir Edric’s servant—Dog—yells: “Death to thee, foul beast!” as he attacks. I love lines like that, and this book is chalked full them. The humor is dry and mainly comes from Edric and his internal thoughts and interactions with others. How he approaches danger is especially humorous. And heaven forbid he runs out of wine!
As with everything White writes, I enjoyed the voice he gave the book. The writing is concise, and the stories read incredibly fast. Not to mention the pacing moves. There’s no dilly-dallying around. I love that, especially since my mind can easily wander if there’s too much exposition. Even with the lack of lengthy descriptions, I was able to picture every scene perfectly, which says a lot of White’s ability to convey images. For those who follow my reviews, you’ll remember I lack a bit of imagination, but not in this book!
So overall, if you’re looking for humor, an unwholesome character, and a great adventure, I highly recommend this book. By the way, if you do end up enjoying this book, I suggest following Sir Edric on Twitter (@HeroOfHornska). You’ll get some definite laughs. And if you want to get a feel for the character and his humor before you pick up the book, give him a follow.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.