YA Epic Fantasy
Fish Wielder Series (Book 1)
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
Publishing Date: August 23, 2016
Fish Wielder is kind of like Lord of the Rings, set in Narnia, if it was written by the guys who made Monty Python and the Holy Grail while they were listening to the music of They Might Be Giants.
In ancient times, the Dark Lord Mauron cooked the most powerful magic chocolate dessert ever made, the Pudding of Power.
One thousand and two years later, the evil leader of the Bad Religion, the Heartless One, is trying to recover the lost pudding in order to enslave the peoples of Grome. Only the depressed barbarian warrior Thoral Might Fist and his best friend, Brad the talking Koi fish, have a chance to save the world of Grome from destruction, but that’s going to take a ridiculous amount of magic and mayhem.
Thus begins the epically silly epic fantasy of epic proportions, Fish Wielder—book one of the Fish Wielder Trilogy.
READ ON FOR BOOK TRAILERS, ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MY REVIEW, AND A GIVEAWAY!
Fish Wielder Praise:
“This is one wild romp! I’m not sure I’ve seen such preposterously determined critic-baiting parody since Xanth or Asprin’s Myth-Begotten series. I recommend it to anyone.” ―Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling Author
Fast, fun, fantastic! Fish Wielder is hilarious and unpredictable, like a drunk bear playing whack-a-mole.” ―Logan J. Hunder, author of Witches Be Crazy
“A great time. Fast and funny, it races along in a self-aware tone that should appeal to anyone who loves fantasy but has ever found themselves thinking, huh, that was a little melodramatic.” ―Clay Johnson, author of OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD (Ravenswood Publishing, 2016)
About the Author:
Fish Wielder is J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison’s first novel novel (He wrote a graphic novel, The Helm, for Dark Horse Comics). Jim has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and film director. He started his professional career by producing a low-budget direct-to-video feature film, The Creature From Lake Michigan. Making a bad movie can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and story, and The Creature From Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad movie. Shifting his focus entirely to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios where he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and on the stop-motion TV series Gary and Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser.
Jim has appeared on NBC’s The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed characters and wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children’s television series SeeMore’s Playhouse and authored the previously mentioned graphic novel, The Helm, named one of 2010’s top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog.
I’m a huge Monty Python geek–much of my youth was spent memorizing every word of Monty Python & the Holy Grail, which I’m pretty sure I can still quote most of today. So when I read the blurb for FISH WIELDER, I could not sign up to review it fast enough. Absurd and Silly are my middle names. Actually, it’s Anne, but, you get my meaning.
Just the title page is telling: at the bottom, it says, “This is a work of fiction. Everything in this book is fake.” Hee.
There’s no easy way to describe how wonderful and silly this book is. It’s basically Hardison sitting down and telling every epic fantasy story ever in the most absurd possible language, and nailing it.
I mean, come on, the hero’s name is Thoral Mighty Fist, and his chosen weapon is a broadsword…which he carries with him everywhere, including to restaurants. Every epic fantasy trope and then some are given hilarious representation in this book, and I spent most of it giggling, snorting, and LOLing. It reminds me of some of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi parodies, like Hitchiker’s Guide, and the Myth-Begotten series by Robert Asprin. Everything is played for laughs, and you feel better for having read it.
Promotional items for FISH WIELDER include socks. Need I say more? If you’re a reader of epic fantasy with a sense of humor about your favorite genre, you’ll love FISH WIELDER.
I’m giving it a silly:
4 Batty Moons!
5 ebook copies of Fish Wielder
1 paperback (US only) copy of Fish Wielder
1 hardback (US only) copy of Fish Wielder