stylistic tone of this fantasy novel by Kevin J. Anderson is a little
extreme, but if you like absurdist fantasies, you'll probably enjoy this
one. Imagine Monty Python meets J.R.R. Tolkien. The Dragon Business
(and at this time the libraries only own this in book-on-cd audiobook
format), is a story told on two levels. In an extensive framing
sequence, King Cullin "the Dragon Slayer" is taking his bookish young
son on a father-son outing to a local tavern to introduce him to some of
the commoners in the kingdom. While enjoying their boys' night out,
King Cullin shares with Prince Maurice some tales of himself as a young
lad, swept into service as a squire an apprentice dragonslayer. Only,
young Cullin worked as part of a small crew of con artists,
manufacturing fake dragon attacks and offering up their services to rid
small kingdoms of the supposedly fearsome creatures. Until the scam crew
finds themselves facing the responsibility of eliminating an actual
dragon. The dialog is at times hilarious, the situations that Cullin,
brave Sir Dalbry and gravedigger Reeger find themselves in are both
silly and serious. And you'll find yourself rooting for young Princess
Affonyl, who'd rather fake her own death by dragon attack and go on the
lam than face a marriage arranged by her father. Anderson puts a lot of
"modern" twists on the terminology and scenarios in the book, and those
who prefer their their fantasy novels "pure" and/or realistic will want
to avoid this one. But if you're looking for some laughs, give it a try! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]
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