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Not many halflings dream of magic.

But Epik isn’t like the rest. Adventure. Excitement. He craves those things. He would rather learn magic, not follow a wizard on some fool's adventure... or so he thinks.

The problem: magic is outlawed. After setting out for the city, what Epik finds in Dune All-En isn’t at all what he’d hoped. No magic. And few wizards.

Luck, or something more sinister, is on the halfling's side. He meets Gabby, a wizard who is kind enough to rent him a room, or rather a closet, at his now-defunct magical supply store. And as a group of mountain trolls threatens the city, Epik sees the opportunity to do something, well, epic.

If only the halfling inside him would stop peeking out.

Featuring halflings, dwarves, elves, and a ranger or two, Hero in a Halfling is perfect for fans of both Discworld and Middle Earth. Join Epik as he goes from halfling to hero, who just also happens to (still) be a halfling.

©2017 William Davis (P)2017 William Davis

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Delightful light fantasy

A fun light read, moved quickly and it took a while to remember which character was which, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The frequent sprinkling of puns, references to other works (LOTR, Monty Python, Terry Pratchett, Silent Bob, etc.), and the occasional odd-end footnote kept me laughing. Great book for young adults and adults alike. Looking forward to the next book!

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Fabulous story

I read this story and was concerned about confusion when listening to it because chapters moved quickly between scenes. However, I really enjoyed hearing it. Elijah DiViesti did a marvelous job with pacing so the conversations were natural. The voices were distinctive so I knew who was speaking each time.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great adventure with interesting characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good first adventure but wasn't anything special

It was a fun story about a halfling named Epik and his journey to another place where he tries to find a wizard. I don't want to give much away but it was a decent story but it didn't have anything special in it for me to give it more then three stars. The narrator was good too but some of the accents were tough to understand at an increased speed and found myself having to rewind a good amount of times to understand what he was saying.

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Lighthearted Romp through a Tolkien-Inspired World

The author, William Tyler Davis, gave me a promotional audible copy of "Hero in a Halfling: Epik Fantasy Book 1" in exchange for a fair review.

It was such a pleasure to be able to read this book. In the Halfing Epik's first adventure, Davis lays the foundations for a whimsical fantasy series that delightfully parodies the tropes we've come to know and love (or hate) in the great fantasy epics. The tone is innocent and aloof--much like Prachett in his beloved Discworld Series--and is distinct enough to strike out on its own and stand unique amongst the rest of comedy-fantasy genre.

The plot itself is not unprecedented. Davis cobbles together a band of unlikely characters similar to Tolkien's party in "Fellowship of the Ring." A halfling, a wizard, dwarves, elves, and orcs get dropped into a sandbox to play. Where "Hero in a Halfling" shines is in likable characters and playful humor-- sprinkled with geek-culture references that aren't too heavy-handed.

The book is not without its faults, many of which a lot of new authors struggle with. The action sometimes stutters and setting needs to be made more clear at times. Davis relies a bit too much on dialogue and sometimes forgets to note visuals, audio, and sensation. However, these complaints are minor and do not detract from what the book sets out to achieve.

"Hero in a Halfling" is whimsical tale not to be taken too seriously. Go into this book willing to poke a bit of fun at the fantasy genre and you'll be sure to finish with a smile. I will be following Epik--and William and Elijah--to the conclusion of the Halfling Epik's adventuring, and I am incredibly excited to see them find their strides in storytelling and narrating.

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  • Joe
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  • 01-11-18

3.5 stars

Audible version. I would give the book 3.5 stars. It starts off a little slow but picks up midway through. The writing seemed a little off to me, maybe it was the pacing of the story? The main character seems to have no potential, but everybody he meets seems to see something in him. Without giving any spoilers, he doesnt really accomplish or do much. The story came together in the and the series may have potential, but I really didn't care for the main character. There was some humor, mainly word play and puns. I received this book for free for my honest opinion. The narration was good, but I prefer more distinction between each character.

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Bad take on Hobbits

I struggled with this and finally skipped to the end, finished, then waited awhile to see if it was perhaps my mood. Just went back and found it as impossible as the first time. the narration is especially bad but it just feels like a bad rewrite of Tolkien's work.

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  • 12-23-17

Enjoyable

A very well written book, I look forward to hearing the next one very soon.