Disenchanted, by Robert Kroese
Robert Kroese’s Disenchanted comes fully loaded with the wit and charm of The Princess Bride and a sense of humor all its own. This clever take on the traditional fantasy includes footnotes that keep the narrator honest, a cast of characters that resembles something out of the Island of Misfit Toys, and a fantastic setting filled with words and names that test pronunciation skills.
Being assassinated doesn't have many upsides, so when King Boric is felled by a traitor, the king comforts himself with the knowledge that, like all great warriors, he will spend eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. There's just one problem: to claim his heavenly reward, Boric must release the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt.
Now, to avoid being cursed to walk the land of Dis forever as an undead wraith, he must hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand who gave him the sword twenty years ago. So begins Boric's extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis, a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. Along the way he's advised by the Witch of Twyllic, mocked by the threfelings of New Threfelton, burned, shot at, and nearly blown to bits. But nothing can prepare him for coming face-to-face with Lord Brand. For in that moment, Boric discovers that nothing—in life, in death, or in between—is exactly what it seems.
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Episode 1: Released on November 6, 2012. 40 pages. King Boric learns to his dismay that before he can join the other deceased warriors in the hall of Avandoor, he must first rid himself of the enchanted sword Brakslaagt.
Episode 2: Released on November 20, 2012. 43 pages. Boric's quest leads him to see assistance of the one person in the land of Dis that he fears: the mysterious and ill-tempered Witch of Twyllic.
Episode 3: Released on December 4, 2012. 39 pages. Fleeing from the dark servants of Lord Brand, Boric finds refuge among the diminutive threfelings of New Threfelton.
Episode 4: Released on December 18, 2012. 49 pages. When wraiths find him hiding among the threfelings, Boric must flee across Dis to the east, where he fights a dragon and learns more about his curse.
Episode 5: Released on December 31, 2012. 48 pages. Boric comes face to face with Lord Brand and learns the secret of his curse.Episode 6: Released on January 15, 2013 (Final Episode). 30 pages. In the climactic conclusion of Disenchanted, Boric finds himself leading an army of goblins against the combined forces of the Six Kingdoms of Dis.
Meet the Author
Robert Kroese's sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan - home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply.
In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it.
In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written two sequels, Mercury Rises (2011) and Mercury Rests (2012).
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