In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.
A story that begins with the sorting of children among guilds for lifelong occupations, turns into an all out magically infused war that'll take down as many as painfully as it can along the way...of yes, there will be no mercy seen, nor class spared. We see much character growth in our young charges, as well as a loss of innocence as their dreams are torn away and they face Dangers great and... well, greater. The subplots running just under the surface of it all serve to add another dimension to the oddities happening, and instill a greater fear for the futures of them all...after all, one doesn't want to become TOO attached to those who may not make it to the next adventure.
In the end, it was a grand adventure that I can't wait to embark on once again when the next title releases, especially after that harrowing end. I mean just think, if Alabasel had chosen differently...or if Zed didn't have that magically charged ability to...and of course we can't forget Liza's part when she...or Brock's deal with a devil (of sorts)....and then speaking of deals, what possessed Zed to agree to...ugh! So many things may be finished for now, but the end, in truth, is still a distant future...which means more adventures for us! Recommended for Middle Grade Fantasy fans and beyond!
ZACK LORAN CLARK and NICK ELIOPULOS grew up in Florida and now live in New York. Best friends, they get together to play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.