How would you like it if you were trying to be a private investigator and everyone referred to you as a ferret? Jak didn't like that at all but he sure couldn't stop it...
The author provided me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It's been published and you can get it in print or ebook form. Here's a link for Rogue Press: Jak Barley
The entire title of this book is" Jak Barley - Private Investigator and the Temple of Dorga, Fish-headed God of Death. If that doesn't tell you something about the story, you're not a very good PI yourself.
Mr. Ehl creates a world of fantasy that is entertaining to visit. It has danger, too, but it's mostly adventurous and busy. His characters really are characters, with little idiosyncrasies that make them a bit odd. He uses humor and puns to keep you grinning and I even worried about Jak as the story went on. He's not exactly warrior material but he sure seems to get himself in trouble.
With mages, ghosts, royal plots and even harpies, Jak has a very busy time. It's even worse when the baby harpy bonds with him...
I found this first book to be great fun and I'm looking forward to reading the second one. Whatever you might think about life, it's not like that in this book. That's what made it a fun read for me. That and seeing if Jak made it through alive.