Author: J. Zachery Pike Publisher: Gnomish Press
Page Count: 613
Son of a Liche is the second book in the Dark Profit Saga, following on from Orconomics. This novel continues the brilliant humour and playing on established RPG themes found through modern mediums, if you enjoyed the first novel then you will definitely enjoy this sequel.
The story picks up the story from the first novel, Gorm and his band of unlikely heroes are having to pick up the pieces from their first quest, with the exception now that they have lost their hero status from the Hero guild. The King has brandished them are villains against the Kingdom, spreading wanted posters from across the land. This doesn’t deter our unique group, they sole desire is to save the day and put everything right, but they have quite a journey on their hands. There’s orcs, zombies, vampires, politics, assassins and group drama to deal with in order to complete their quest.
The heart and soul of this novel is continued from Orconomics. The wit and humour is threaded into every page of this book, from laugh out loud moments to subtle quips, the author has a fantastic writing style which I find unique from other fantasy writers and is the reason I love these books. I won’t go through the characters again (if you want to know more you can read my review for Ocronomics) but what I will say is that these characters are given deeper back stories, each getting a section of the story to delve into their personalities and backgrounds. What I truly enjoy about the characters within these novels is the clash of personalities; the grumpy yet confident Gorm clashes against the calm and jittery Jynn, and it’s the interactions between them that often provides the biggest laughs.
J. Zachery Pike has split the story into three POVs – Gorm and his companions, the Hero’s guide and the bankers and the villains of the story. My favourite parts of this story were the villains POV. We mainly follow a knight captain who unfortunately becomes undead, joining the ranks of an undead army. He inadvertently becomes their marketing manager, thinking up clever ways to convince potential conquests to join their army before being attacked. I loved this clever twist on a villainous army and I looked forward to these moments. The banking sections were fun to read but I didn’t feel they added enough to the story itself; Johan is the saviour of these chapters, continuing to plot in the shadows.
Now my only real complaint about this sequel is the length of the novel. Adding over 200 pages on the prequel novel, I did feel it was too long. This is one of my own personal issues with novels and it could be down to my own personal taste, but I feel Son of Liche falls into this same trap. Their were parts of this novel where the pacing was lacking and some sections could have happily been removed without impacting the story. This is the reason I have chosen to give this book a 4 instead of a 5. I am hoping the next book in the series isn’t as long or at least maintains the pacing better.