The Merchant Adventurer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An ordinary, money-grubbing Merchant struggling to make a coin off penniless, incompetent adventurers is forced to take on the impossible quest of saving his town and rescuing the woman he loves from a treacherous and powerful Wizard. A battle of wit, wits and haggling that is part homage to, part skewer of the richly worked and often overwrought fantasy genre.
An artful, satire of dungeon crawls and cRPG's, the Merchant Adventurer is part Princess Bride, part Dungeon Pawn Stars and a rollicking good read.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||Patrick E. McLean|
|Narrator||Patrick E. McLean|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 30, 2014|
|Publisher||Patrick E. McLean|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #245,462 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#753 in Satirical Literature & Fiction
#3,207 in Fantasy & Magic for Children
#7,009 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The stage for this book is set in a Medieval town where heros are more muscle than gray matter, and every cliche that you can think of is heaped upon them to hilarious effect. The knight is even wearing Shining (trademarked) Armor. I kid you not.
I laughed continuously for the first 50% of the book or so. The third quarter gets a little weighed down by philosophical questions about 'who is a hero' and 'what makes you happy' but recovers in fine form. The plot goes place you wouldn't quite think either. I don't want to spoil anything, but when the story takes turns they are out of left field.
The characters are what really makes this book though. You have your main character (who I can't even call a Hero) Boltac. He is a merchant who could be a combination of any number of stereotypes for shrewd merchants. You never, at any point dislike him though. As the story goes on though, it gets harder not to root for him. I have to mention Relan when talking about characters. Fantastic doesn't begin. He is a perfect foil for Boltac. Logic vs. idealism, logic vs. heroism, logic vs. idiotic bravery (you get the idea).
Pick this up. It is so well worth it.
According to other reviewers, this author has done some much more interesting novels. I'll be checking them out.
This book does not hilariously exploit fantasy tropes as well as How To Succeed In Evil does superheroes but it is definitely worth a read. In fact, try Stories I Told Myself by the same author. If you enjoy his exploitation of story tropes there, run back and buy this book.
I have been a fan of this author since listening to The Seanachai. I would rate this book as middling for McLean, but that still makes it strong fare with an enjoyable unique voice.
Sadly, the characters just aren't all that compelling. Patrick McLean seems to want to write stories staring cynical, manipulative anti-heroes. While I'm sure they are great characters in his mind, I don't like them. They tend to be characters you don't want to cheer for and who are far too easy to dislike.
And that is basically why I can only give this book 3 stars. I just don't like the characters enough to get into the tale and just enjoy it. Its not bad, but my enjoyment was limited.
People who are more accepting of cynical anti-hero main characters will probably find much more enjoyment in this tale.
Top reviews from other countries
How much did I like it? Well, more than Charles Stross' "Merchant Princes" dross, and more than Terry Brooks' "Shannara" Tolkien ripoff nonsense - this is easily better than either of those. So if those can be popular the world over then there's no reason at all why this can't be too.
Definitely worth of your attention, so give it a go, won't you?