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Endearing Characters + Magical World = Fantasy Adventure ⇉ Review of The Adventurer's Guild by Zach Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Fantasy adventures are my first love in the book world. Though I've "grown up," in recent years, I've felt drawn back towards MG fantasies, so I was ecstatic to receive a copy of The Adventurer's Guild for review.



WHAT I LIKED


The World Building
Monsters. Best friends. Mages. Elves. Dwarves . . . an Adventurer's Guild and a conspiracy in the works. Not to mention the history between the humans and the elves. The existence of the Adventurer's Guild provides the opportunity for exploring the world, and the authors deliver.

Endearing Characters
I love the main cast—even the potential turncoat lurking in their midst. The authors do a good job portraying their strengths and weaknesses. In the end, I believe they'll have to work together to overcome the situation that they're in, and I look forward to seeing their growth.

A Fantasy Adventure
I jumped in looking for a fantasy adventure, and I got a fantasy adventure. Though the plot is predictable, the story stays true to what it is. I felt immersed in Zed's experiences and enjoyed exploring the world with him. (Though I confess that I got really creeped out reading about his encounters with monsters late at night.)


WHAT I DISLIKED


Static Characters
The dialogue is stiff, and the character don't show much complexity. They're packaged into stereotypes. That said, there is a range of characters. Readers will find their favorite characters to cheer on.

Predictable Plot
The plot is formulaic. If you've read enough fantasy adventures, it's easy to predict where the story will head. However, it does mean that you don't have to think too hard reading this novel. I read this in the middle of my first semester of grad school; it provided fun, light-hearted entertainment in the midst of the busyness.


FINAL THOUGHTS


While the characters are stereotypical and the plot is formulaic, The Adventurer's Guild is an entertaining fantasy adventure that stays true to what it is: a fantasy adventure. I enjoyed exploring the world with Zed and co. Their story provided lighthearted entertainment in the middle of a busy time of year where it's all too easy to fall prey to burnout. I look forward to continuing their journey with them in the sequel!

★★★☆☆


Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.

In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.



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Publication Info
  • The Adventurer's Guild byZack Loran Clark and Nick Elipulos
  • Published by Disney-Hyperion
  • On October 3, 2017
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Pages: 340 Pages
  • Format: Hardback
Series: The Adventurer's Guild
  • The Adventurer's Guild
  • TBD
Mature Content
  • Creepy creatures
  • Some violence

2 comments on "Endearing Characters + Magical World = Fantasy Adventure ⇉ Review of The Adventurer's Guild by Zach Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos"
  1. I'm on the look-out for some fun middle grade fantasy reads, so I just added this one to my holds at the library.

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    1. Happy to hear this, Rebecca. I hope you enjoy The Adventurer's Guild. Would love to hear your thoughts when finished! :)

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