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{September 16, 2013}   {Review} The Antlerbury Tales by John Abramowitz

2940011527999_p0_v1_s260x420From Goodreads: A rogue, a bard, and a paladin walk into a tavern …

This sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the start of several pages full of them. This short story follows the exploits of a comically mismatched group of adventurers as they embark on a quest for The Dice, mythical objects with the power to change fate itself, and compete for the affections of a beautiful barmaid. From John Abramowitz, the author of Weaver, comes an irreverent homage to classic fantasy.

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This is an interesting novellete set up to follow that of the Canterbury Tales, except this is much shorter, easier to read, and full of laughs. Told from different perspectives, we follow the Rogue, Bard, Paladin, and Barmaid as they embark on a journey to find The Dice, and we learn just how incompetent many of them are.  And, not everyone is who they seem to be, adding depth and mystery to the tales as they unfold.

It’s definitely worth the read–short and to the point, this 27 pager (plus or minus) is intriguing and full of wit. My only complaint: it ends too soon.  Four stars.

4 stars

I received this novellete from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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