Ever make a plan that goes wrong at the first possible second? This is that, but on a much bigger scale.
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Why I love it
Saddle up and grab your swords because excitement and danger lurk around every corner in this wildly inventive new saga about good, evil, and (not) saving the day!
Mathias longs for excitement in his life, but his strict grandmother keeps him from doing anything fun, unlike his BFF Aaslo who is an orphan but perfectly happy leading a quiet life. When the fates reveal that Mathias is the Chosen One destined to save their world, Aaslo goes along to help, despite his dislike of magic, creatures, and anything outside their familiar plot of forest. TL;DR: They’re going on an adventure! (*Insert Hobbit adventure gif here*) But what will Aaslo do when the Chosen One fails?
WOW! Failing to save the day has never been so much fun! I am a huge fan of Chosen One narratives (Hello, Buffy Summers!) but Kade turns the mythos upside-down. What we get instead is a compelling tale of questing, full of twists and surprises. On top of the magic, humor, and swordfights (sometimes all at once), I really loved the friendships portrayed in this book, and the idea that sometimes it’s the sidekicks—and not the heroes—destined to save the day. So kick back and enjoy!
Not all stories have happy endings.
Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.
However, saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. The going gets rough and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin, and the friends find themselves staring death in the face they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.
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I loved following Aaslo’s quest to save the world after he takes up his fallen friend’s fated, heroic destiny. A blend of lore, legend, and fantasy, Aaslo’s story is a wild treat. Need the sequel now!
The character building was so strong in this book from the first page that you couldn’t help but fall a little in love. It’s a good take on the classic fantasy that you’ll feel at home while not bored
Hilarious! Subverted a lot of common fantasy tropes, and did it well. Sure, the writing isn’t anything like Tolkein, but it didn’t need to be to tell its story effectively. Can’t wait for the sequel!
Fort Collins, CO
Amazing! It’s Lord of the Rings of the Nazgul had killed Frodo in their first encounter and Sam had to take over. It’s great because it simultaneously satirizes the genre and is an amazing example :-)
One of the more interesting plots I’ve read in awhile. I love the gruffness of the main character & the tongue-in-cheek humor. Great twist on the hero journey-I’ll be looking foward to the next book!
Enjoyable, fast paced, nice world building and some surprising twists! Writing a bit juvenile/tells instead of shows and female characters aren’t fleshed out as well. But can’t wait for the next book!
Not the type of book I usually go for, but I’m glad I chose this one. Story line is great with multiple POV which keeps you interested in each characters journey. Cant wait for the rest of the series.
So I’ve read stories like this before right... wrong not only does this have a twist in the plot it has several ... all good I read this in one day (or less). Great characters great storyline and all
Such a good book and cannot wait for the second one! Aeslo is such a strong charecter and now knowing he can bring the dead to life, is it really mathias the whole time taking to him? I LOVED this book
Swords. Spells. Broken prophecies. A mysteriously talking head. What more could a girl ask for. Oh right, the chosen one is dead and now all are going to die. (Oh No!) Can’t wait to continue reading!
Just a genuinely good time. The characters are consistent and likable. The plot is cheeky in the way that it’s everything that you expect and in the way it decides to flip those plans suddenly. Fun.
This isn't like most fantasy books that I've read. There's twists, magic, medalling gods, and not an over reliance on romantic fluff or feelings. The main character is sensible and gets the job done.
What if the chosen one fails? I loved that concept for a book and even suggested it to my DM for our next campaign. I loved how misanthropic Aaslo was throughout the entire thing and still got it done
This book was more than I expected. I was not the keenest on the choices for October but figured I would give this a shot, and I was pleasantly surprised, great storyline and beautiful character arcs.
I absolutely adored this book! I was so enveloped in the journey and found myself intrigued by the different worlds and creatures along the way. Also, I now want to be a forester and live in the woods
I haven't read a real high fantasy novel in a long time. I loved this one! There was a lot of typical fantasy moments, that would get completely turned on their heads. I never knew what would happen.
Kel Kade creates a world into which a reader can truly escape. One of the most original fantasy stories I have read in a long time. Only bad(ish) thing about it is that I have to wait for Book 2 now.
OH MY GOD I just wow this book was everything i needed in a fantasy book. It subverted my expectations and left me wanting so so much more. This is the first in a new series and I cannot wait for more
I loved that this was a buddy comedy with a dark twist and a fantastical adventure turned on its head. Aaslo is a great character and so different from even other reluctant heroes I’ve read before.
The story of Aaslo quickly became one of my favorites! Being intrigued by Kade’s writing, I found the imagery in her words so inviting as I traveled with the main character on his fateful journey.