Book Review: Klondaeg the Monster Hunter/Klondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters

PictureKlondaeg the Monster Hunter, by Steve Thomas

* * * * * (5 stars)

Klondaeg’s philosophy in life is simple: kill all the monsters. With the help of his trusty talking double-headed axe, King’s Rest (the name is literal), he goes about attempting to do just that, in the hopes of eventually taking revenge on the unknown monster who killed his parents. Along the way, he encounters supposedly extinct bird people, a hero resigned to the prophecy of doom upon his head, gnome werewolves, and undead magma goats.

This is a funny, well-written and fast-moving tale that takes on a lot of the major fantasy tropes, including magical weapons, prophecies, gods, heroes, and pretty much every fantasy race there is (and some completely new ones) and turns them upside down. It’s silly, but beneath the silliness there’s clever wordplay, engaging characters, exciting adventures and fight scenes, and some impressively creative worldbuilding (you have to love a pantheon that includes a Goddess of Whatever Passes For Love These Days).

Highly recommended, and when you finish it, be sure to have the sequel, Klondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters, on hand so you can dive right in.

PictureKlondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters, by Steve Thomas

* * * * * (5 stars)

In the course of his quest to kill all the monsters, in hopes of avenging his parents, Klondaeg has made some new friends… and some enemies. Throw in a bossy fairy, men on the moon, an anti-Klondaeg conspiracy, and an unwelcome moral dilemma, and monster-hunting suddenly isn’t so simple any more.

And to top it all off, one head of his double-headed talking axe has fallen in love.

Another excellently funny and exciting adventure, the sequel to Klondaeg the Monster Hunter. Well-written, with clever wordplay, original worldbuilding, fantasy tropes turned inside out, and exciting fight and action scenes. I enjoyed this a lot, and look forward to reading more about Klondaeg and other books from Steve Thomas.

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About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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