Top critical review
Massively entertaining, though clearly not for the reasons Rice intended
14 February 2017
I’ve actually spent the last few days telling friends about this book, usually over a beer, and accompanied by much laughter. “You have to read it! It’s just so bad!”
Packed to the rafters with every single medieval fantasy cliche imaginable, it was an absolute cringe-fest. From Thor-“I’m more than a sheep herder”-grin, to the completely unbelievable chain of events, to the white leopard cub that becomes Thor’s constant companion, A Quest of Heroes is just one ridiculous moment after another.
On top of that, the writing just didn’t sit well with me. A knight can’t be knocked out and “not stir” and a second later be screaming. Words like “okay” and “girlfriend” have no place in this sort of genre. It’s unclear what sort of time frame the novel takes place over, and things are just explained over and over again. I know Thor knows he isn’t normal, so please stop telling me!
If there’s a good side to this, it’s that I did find it massively entertaining, though it clearly wasn’t for the reasons Rice intended. Hell, I might actually read the other sixteen (!!!) in the series, because I half want to see just how much more eye rollingly awful they can get. And Rice could probably expect sales of A Quest of Heroes to go up – I’ve got a few friends who, after my play-by-plays of the story, are pretty keen to do the same!