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A doubly disgraced dwarven hero. A band of accident-prone adventurers. Giving redemption a second shot may have been a grave mistake....

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army.

To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list. With death and dark magic on his heels, Gorm must craft his own pitch to round up the troops and put the undead snake-oil salesman and his army of pushers permanently out of business.

Son of a Liche is the second book in The Dark Profit Saga, a trilogy of humorous epic fantasy novels. If you like rib-tickling shenanigans, second-rate heroes, and imaginative new takes on tired tropes, then you’ll love J. Zachary Pike’s hilarious blend of finance and high fantasy.

©2018 J. Zachary Pike (P)2018 J. Zachary Pike

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Crony capitalism compete to crush our heroes

All right, I'm going to ask you a simple question. Have you read Orconomics yet? If not, buy this, then buy that, then read that, then read this. Got it? Simple readernomics. You can't start this without reading that, because you will miss out on sooooo much. And believe me, you do not want to miss out on one word that Pike has penned. He's pretty good. That's not true. He is amazing, and his sense of humor is like something distilled from Milburn Drysdale's sensibilities mixed together with I love Lucy funny business. It is witty, compelling, and gut busting. As in it will make you laugh out loud if you aren't careful, so don't listen to it at work.

I adore the cover. It pulls you right in, and catches your interests. It captures your imagination, and still manages to be a piece of art. It sells the story in just a single image, which is hard to do. I don't know if I'd hang it on my wall, but I certainly admire it.

Doug Tisdale Jr. returns for the sequel and picks up right where he left off. His has impeccable comedic timing, and plays every character as if they were someone he knew in real life. He picks up the pace when he needs to and slows down when we need a breather. I think this is an innate ability of his, because at his level of ability I find it hard to believe that it was learned. He is a pleasure to listen to, and you will cherish your time listening to him.

The book picks up in just the right spot, and takes our heroes forward into their journey, and oddly seems to wrap everything up, but this is part two of a trilogy so something more is going to happen. All I can say to that is Yay! The book, for those of you who grew up in that era, is chock full of D&D references and gags. There is a lot of character growth, and in spite of all the humor there are some thought provoking moments in the book. It really is impressive how deep Pike manages to take this story under the guise of satire. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and honestly, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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Excellent book

I absolutely loved the first book in the series (Orconomics) and this one was honestly better. The characters were deeper in a realistic way as their troubles force them to change, the bonds between the characters were really interesting, and I particularly liked the way the child abuse and Jynn's history with Detarr were handled. Of course, the best part is the more subtle but necessary critique of unchecked capitalism; as I listened to the economic fallout in the book I had somewhat disturbing flashbacks to the 2008 crisis (all intended I'm sure) and a lot of the personal backlash felt by the characters thanks to that seemed to be modeled on both 2008 and the somewhat fabled "Black Thursday" of 1929. I was particularly impressed with the way some of the very subtle foreshadowing from the first book, particularly Heraldin's comments about Benny Hookhand, played out perfectly in this novel. When I got to the end of the book my honest reaction was a "You sonuva---!" because the book just came out (is coming out? Amazon lists it as a pre-order but I was able to get the Audible edition just fine?) and now I have to wait who-knows-how long for the next one.

While the story and characters are great, I don't think I would've connected as much as I did with the series without the work Doug Tisdale Jr. did to bring everyone to life. This is a narrator I definitely plan on listening to more of!

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Hilarious and thrilling!

A worthy successor to Orconomics, Son of a Liche successfully continues the character development of the last book's heroes and villians while introducing us to interesting new ones.

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As good as, if not better than, the first book.

I had requested and received this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Humor books that genuinely manage to make me laugh are a rarity and "Orconomics: A Satire" had managed to do that when I had read that few weeks ago. So, when I had learnt that a second book was released in the series, I couldn't wait to get started with that. And I'm happy to report that this doesn't disappoint, like most sequels usually do. First book had set high expectations and this second book fulfills those and then some.

The characters are the life of this series. They extremely well written and stay with you even after you're done with the book. They are witty, smart, relatable, funny and interesting. The plot itself is choke full of humor and wit. The story pacing is comfortable and not rushed at all. Everything got ample time to stew and develop. I was thoroughly hooked for the entire duration. An out-n-out entertainer.

Doug Tisdale Jr.'s narration is perfect. Every single character is brought to life. It's amazing to hear someone make so many different voices.

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  • Logan
  • HR 8938 Cephei
  • 07-02-18

Just as Well Done as Orconomics

If you've read and enjoyed Pike's first novel in this series, then stop reading the comments for affirmation over your next great purchase and dive right in!

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A fun romp through a satirical world

Who knew you could make a satire of the financial world funny and engaging? I enjoyed the story -- a standard fantasy plot but well-told, the characters -- all flawed in entertaining ways, and the subtext -- a ruthless depiction of the financial world. The narration is terrific, as well. When it was over, I was disappointed only because I wished there were more.

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Didn’t want the book to end!

This is so amazingly fun! I’m sad that I’m done with book 2. I don’t even want to start listening to another book because I’ll miss this one.

There are a lot of things that set this series apart from other fantasy books. One is that the people that are typically the heroes usually aren’t, and the monsters are mostly the ones we root for. Also, this book is incredibly humorous and full of satire. The author has to be incredibly clever to think of such fun witticisms. I had to pay close attention because so many of the “funnies” are hidden. I bet I missed a lot. Also, throwing economics into the series certainly is different than other fantasies. I’m not keen on following economics but this was fine in this book.

The narrative follows different people’s journeys. So within a chapter we switch between the characters. What always made me laugh is how when one viewpoint would end, the start of another’s viewpoint would have word play on the last narrative.

I do think this book is many times better being listened to than read because the narrator does a phenomenal job with voices. He really gets into the tone of what each different monster/shadowkind sounds like.

This is one not to miss!

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A witty book for the rpg lovers

The author manages to bring to life his own twist on the classic fantasy world through well developed characters, a rich and thought out history of Arth and its inhabitants. Anyone who has ever played a fantasy role playing game (like D&D, or Pathfinder) well appreciate the gaming humor and the thought the author has put in to how a world like that would actually function. I also enjoy the financial aspect although i did not expect to. This is a great follow up to the first book. I eagarly look forward to the next book.

now if only someone would develope a tabletop rpg system set in this world.

The reader does a great job of choices for the characters and helps bring life to the words

Definitely recommend!

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Best RPG lit ever

I love this book.

Witty, poignant, smart and fun. JZP has created some fantastic characters and a brilliant plot. This is such a wonderful story, even better when appreciated alongside its predecessor Orconomics.

The narrator brings the story to life. If you don't end up loving the purse Kobold Burt, you need to get out more. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Loved it again!

It meets and surpasses Orcanomics. It’s extremely hard to write sequels, but this doesn’t even feel like that. It’s more like a continuation of the story. Something that you would find with the old trilogy type books. Well done!

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  • Sam
  • 06-15-18

Even better than the first.

A very funny and astute book. Well worth a read.

While I enjoyed the first book, it had a very 'first book feel' to it. This has the same humour, but just with a bit slicker editing.

Is a trilogy and the third book isn't out yet. Proceed with caution.

Ps. Mr Pike, please write faster.

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  • chris
  • 05-20-18

Great story, worth sequal! Exciting and funny :-)

Sticking the boot into our own bizarre world of finance and the mythical bad guys alike. Love that the shadowkin (orcs and the like) are real characters and not all mindlessly evil.
Keep up the good work!

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  • Simon
  • 06-30-18

funny and unique

loved it.
made me want to know more start to finish. if you like Terry pratchett you will enjoy this humor.