Ok, I admit I’m a little behind in reading this one. I had hoped to read it sooner than now, but…well, let’s just say there are so many good books out there it’s hard to choose sometimes. But Hero, Second Class was so intriguing I never forgot it and now, a year after it was published, I finally got around to reading it.
First, let me say that Hero, Second Class is 600 pages of hilarious satire. It reminds me of a cross between The Princess Bride and Monty Python. It took me longer than usual to work through this book because I kept going back, thinking “Did I read that right?” Then I’d find out that, yes, that’s what I thought it said. If you don’t like corny puns, by all means don’t read this book. At times it almost became too much for me, but I stuck with it, pressed on, and finally finished it with a smile.
Overall, I have to say that it was worth it to me. I can see where some wouldn’t like this book, decrying it as simply too silly, but to me, that was the fun of it. Think of all the most popular fantasy novels, take them to an extreme level of stereotypic situations and plot, throw in some really bad puns, and you have Hero, Second Class. And, I might add, there is a serious element that runs through the book as the main character refuses to acknowledge the existence of the Creator, but in the end must acknowledge that there is indeed a Creator that can and will bend reality to His will when it is for the best, a Creator who loves us and pursues us, even when we run from Him.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give Hero, Second Class 3.75 stars.
Hero, Second Class is published by Marcher Lord Press. You can read the prologue here.
The Marcher Lord Press website is: http://www.marcherlordpress.com