A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Monsters, Young Adult
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.
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.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Secular. Possibly offensive to Christians (see below)
Profanity: Mild Psuedo-Curse Word (Example: What the fie!)
Sex&Violence: No sex. Mild violence.
Trigger Warnings: Some of the suspense and violence may be frightening to some younger readers.
Disclosure: Zed’s father was an elf. His mother human. His father was only visiting the realm which eludes to Zed being conceived out-of-wedlock. Use of magic and spells.
The Adventurers Guild is one of the best middle grade books that I’ve read this year! The cover is awesome-sauce and the synopsis sounded great so I wasn’t too surprised. Although, both synopsis and cover has betrayed me on occasion.
One thing that this book did remind me of is table top gaming. Which I will admit—I cannot get into. However, the creativity and storytelling capabilities have translated well into this novel.
The friendship between Zed and Brock was endearing. I loved how they supported one another and had each other’s back.
My favorite character, however, was a supporting character named Jett. He’s a young dwarf that sacrificed himself for a friend and thus became disabled. I don’t want to spoil too much here but I absolutely adored the fact that Jett didn’t let his disability keep him from his quest. I’m really excited to see how they incorporate him into future installments. I’m sure many of my reader base knows that I’m a mom to special needs children so I loved to see a hero with a disability for children to look up to. It warmed my heart to see Jett still treated with respect and as a valued member of the team.
After reading I turned this book over to my twelve-year-old and she hasn’t stopped fangirling since she read it. I actually had to tweet the authors to ask when the next installment was coming (fall 2018) so she’d stop bugging me about it!
Overall, this book was an enjoyable, quick read. I would suggest it to families that like tabletop gaming and fantasy books. Parents and children alike will be able to enjoy!