Monday, June 29, 2015

Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Dark Lords Conspiracy by Dan Ehl

Jak is back home and ready for some R & R.  He goes to the bar with Lorenzo and his brother and is amazed when a comely wench wants his autograph.  The reason becomes clear when she spikes his drink.  Then a nasty lizard is coming for him.  Killing the lizard makes the wizard goes nuts so there's that.  And after the wizard is killed and he calls for another ale, a mage shows up...

Mr. Ehl sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's the third in the series and I've read all of them.  This is high fantasy adventure and great fun to read.  This man has the most developed imagination I've met in a long time.  He creates monsters I'm glad I can't see.  His main character hates adventure.  And he keeps you glued to the book the whole way through.

It's seems this scruffy mage believes Jak is part of a questing group.  He tells him who the other players should be and, sure enough, Jak knows all those kind of people.  He even gets the giant man he told the guy to hire in the first place.  He didn't mean he wanted him on his crew, but so be it.

Their quest is over water, over mountain and through lands infested with monsters, and there's an enemy at every turn.  Jak doesn't think their chances are good, but they improve when they get the help of a dragon.  His war horse is handy, too.

There's non-stop action, fights to death in every chapter, and every person in the quest has their own talents.  It's an amazing adventure.  It's also busy up until the last page.  Mr. Ehl never bores you.

Of course, Jak is hoping he can rest now and he won't have more adventures.  But we know better, don't we?

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