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by A.J. Hartley

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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Hartley's latest stands classical fantasy tales on their heads and shakes them a little to see what's inside. The sardonic and self-absorbed hero sets just the right tone and leads the way through this fast-paced and lightheartedly cynical story. Definitely a great read.

Self-proclaimed actor and con man Will Hawthorne is on the Diamond Empire's most-wanted list -- and he's on the run. So when he and his band of rebel friends are caught
in a sticky situation, they are only too happy to accept the help of a mysterious ambassador. But his aid becomes suspect when the band is magically whisked to a strange land, a land where myths and legends live and breathe -- and attack!

The friends are separated when
two are captured by Orcs straight out
of a bedtime story. Will and the rest
of his companions are rescued by
a magic-wielding, heroic member
of the Fair Folk. But as Will and
his friends discover, all that glitters
is definitely, probably, not gold.
(TOR, Feb., 316 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: S.L. Rosania

Publisher: TOR

Published: February 2010

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