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Royal envoys Calarian and Benji embark on a quest in the alpine duchy of Tournel. Things go rapidly downhill when the duke plummets to his death from the tower wall. Whoops - that's going to be hard to explain. And it’s not as though they can just grab the nearest human and make him the new duke. 

Or can they? 

Enter one Lars Melker, a slightly gullible cowherd built entirely of muscles and sunshine, who happily accepts their word when they tell him he’s the duke now.

Soon, Calarian and Benji are knee deep in teaching Lars how to fake it until he makes it. They're also dealing with mountain trolls, a monster, a missing cow, and, most shocking of all, a growing realisation that their elves-with-benefits arrangement might be turning into something with feelings. 

Add in their mutual attraction to Lars, and suddenly the hills are alive with the sound of emotionally compromised collectivist anarchist elves.

Also, what’s the deal with those leather shorts? 

©2020 Lisa Henry, Sarah Honey (P)2021 Lisa Henry, Sarah Honey

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  • 03-24-21

Enjoyable Story

A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is very good.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 05-16-21

Good-natured but too childish

Seditious elves, Calarian and Benji, install alpine himbo cowherd, Lars, as Duke of Tournel after accidentally dispatching the old duke. As advisors to the new duke, they also develop feelings for him. This is good-natured and inoffensive and Nick J Russo narrates well, so I had think hard about why this didn’t work for me. It wants to be two incompatible things at once - children’s fairytale and adult romance with swearing and sexual references - so it ends up not being satisfying either category. The plot is so low-angst and every obstacle resolves so simply, it’s too trivial to be interesting. That wouldn’t be a problem if the jokes or banter were really funny, but they’re not witty or clever and end up feeling childish. In the midst of this childlike tone, the swearing and sex scenes feel weirdly inappropriate, so I’m not surprised they all fade to black with little description and no steam. Because this skims along the surface, there’s no real exploration of anyone’s feelings and Benji is a really annoying character so it’s hard to invest in the relationship. A swing and a big miss.