Hero is a well-written hero’s journey story chocked full of interesting characters, intriguing creatures and thrilling fight scenes. One of the best parts of this book is Fritschi’s humor which is woven in nicely. He made me chuckle on many occasions. It is a fun read. I did find myself wishing for two things however. One is that the world Tilger inhabits would be more vivid. Many times creatures were introduced with a basic description that left me longing for more. Also this book falls prey to the “saggy middle” syndrome. The scene did not build in intensity as the story unfolded. It is fun watching Tilger and Standback wander into different situations, like a cluster of monks with a very unusual leader, but I never felt a sense of urgency to read into the night.
Overall, if you love to explore new worlds and read about valiant knights who earn their stripes, check out Hero: The Unknown Territories. It’s a fun, light read that will give you a new outlook on heroism and keep you chuckling to boot.
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