The Adventures of Sir Edric (A Hero of Hornska) Book Review.
5 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
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.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not going to go into detail or write separately about the two stories included in the book as I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice to say that in both cases are intrepid, courageous and gentlemanly hero or in this case Sir Edric Greenlock the Hero of Hornska and his trusty, faithful man servant Dog go on adventures meeting an assortment of weird and wonderful characters along the way and end up getting themselves involved in all sorts of twists and turns, high jinks and escapades.
The main character Sir Edric is a Knight though he’s not a valiant, gallant and chivalrous he’s more of a cowardly and adulterous Knight, he shares his adventures and misdemeanours with his loyal manservant Dog and various other characters, Lysandra the Elven sorcess and Colin the Adventurer in his first tale Sir Edric’s Temple and in Sir Edric’s treasure his second tale, Raella an Elven librarian and Belinda a 10 foot Nun.
Yes, for those reading this I did write a 10 foot Nun!
My favourite character was Dog, Edric’s trusty manservant, amongst other things he’s well educated, proficient in both combat and weaponry and is always on hand to offer suggestions and ideas on how to ably assist Sir Edric, helping him out when needed and always with a droll response, acting as the perfect foil for Sir Edric and his comments.
The cast of characters from the main to the small part are all well thought out and the world building is of a high standard with a decent amount of lore and history added to the mix. I found both to be of a higher level than some serious fantasy books I’ve read and just because this is comedic it isn’t dumb, it’s fantasy done well only instead of being serious it’s fun and you can really tell the author has put alot of effort into creating his characters and their world.
There’s no swearing or use of the F-word instead the author uses ye olde style words like strumpet, rumpy pumpy, rapscallion and plums, it’s a nice touch and adds to the authenticity of the stories being told. After finishing the book I can say that the language fits the characters, especially Sir Edric, if we take sex as an example, another book may describe it as ‘fucking’ and to me that wouldn’t have felt right for this book whilst Sir Edric would describe it as either ‘a tumble’ or ‘rumpy pumpy’ and they perfectly fit his character and the tone of the book.
Our titular hero has a penchant for silly, bawdy, raunchy, ribald, racist (he refers to Elves as Pointy Ears), cynical and occasionally sexist comments and thoughts.
A couple of random examples of the humour, one from each of the two stories are:
-“You can’t fight if you’re drunk,” she nagged. You’ve clearly never been on a battlefield. Or in a pub, for that matter. “I am not drunk,” he protested. “What a horrid slur. I’m merely sampling a little wine to stiffen the sinews and embolden the spirit.”
-“Good morning, Edric. How’s your wife?” Orff greeted him. “Happily distant.” Sir Edric finished off his first cup of wine and poured out a second. “But you did not come all this way just to discuss the wicked witch of wedlock.”
Sir Edric is a character who is well worth your time and the book itself is well written in an easy to read style, fun filled and made me smile from the first page through to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed it.I’d say that this book is ideal for both fantasy fans and booklovers in general looking who are looking for something different, fans of the humour/comedy book genre and anyone with a passing interest in reading who is in need of something to cheer them up and make them smile as believe me, this book will make you smile! 🙂
Fun fantasy that is highly recommended!
And as Sir Edric would say Huzzah!