DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Del Rey Publishing
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
It has been quite a while since Albion has had any heroes, but when the town's ale supply becomes poisoned, turning humans into wretched creatures known as 'redcaps', four heroes assemble to find the culprit and make them pay. After a few side quests involving an overbearing ogre, a corrupt mayor, a ghost, and a missing brother, they are finally led to the root cause of all the problems, a cursed for named Yog.
The story is told basically how any fantasy quest novel should be - winding side quests that all point to the big bad villain. Fable: Blood of Heroes throws together four very different heroes to help defeat Yog and free the people of Albion (specifically, Grayrock). Overall, the story is pretty good in drawing the reader in. The first half of the book is fast paced, funny, and stays on track fairly well. But where Blood of Heroes falters is around the 60 percent mark. For some reason, the plot becomes sloppy, introducing new characters unnecessarily, and blurring the main goal. The book is about 40 pages too long, and I feel that had the author focused his attention a little more on a shorter, more direct script, this book would have been a bit better received.
If you're a fan of fantasy novels, the Fable games, or just want to try something new, consider picking this up, but go in with low expectation.
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