Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Fistful of Elven Gold by Alex Stewart

Drago is a bounty hunter.  He's a gnome, only two feet nine inches tall, but he's fast and efficient with his sword.  When he goes after someone, he gets them.  The only problem he has is that he sometimes gets underfoot and the bad guy will fall on him.  That ends up with the bad guy being impaled.  But it was self-defense, so he takes his reward and doesn't get nailed for the crime.  All's fine until bounty hunters start showing up dead all over the city...

Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for  review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

I really enjoyed this one.  There are gnomes, goblins, elves, and plenty of danger for everyone.  When he almost gets killed by some goblins, he bargains a contract to go after the goblin sending them.  An elf is willing to pay for the death of the goblin.  Drago is not sure he wants to kill him but he does want to get the goblins off his back so off he goes.

His company on his trip is entertaining and he has friends before he arrives at this destination.  There he meets up with an elf who is on the same mission he is.  He wants to kill the goblin.  Drago decides to work with him, he didn't want to kill a man in cold blood anyway.  Fighting for your life is one thing, but just murdering someone doesn't appeal to him.

Unbeknownst to him, the elf has an alternate agenda and the story gets a lot more complicated before it ends.  All in all, it's a grand quest with fantasy creatures I enjoy and I really loved the story.  I highly recommend this book as a good read.

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