The Adventurers Guild
Authors: Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Synopsis: Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly charming son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-including Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series by talented duo Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with a dash of snark.
Oh my gosh, this book is SO much fun! I had such a great time reading this – it’s such an awesome adventure story that is fast paced and exciting from the first page to the last! There is so much going on here and the characters are so likeable.
The Adventurers Guild has so much to offer and I think it makes the perfect book for those who already love reading, or those who are reluctant to pick up a book and read. I know a lot of middle graders and younger readers have a difficult time getting into a book, and I think that this book in classrooms and libraries is the perfect way to combat that – it’s so much fun and such a fast paced adventure that I think that even the most picky reader will enjoy it.
I love the characters in this book. Zed and Brock have really been thought out well and are easy to connect to and follow along on their adventures. They are funny, smart, and witty, and the two of them together have some awesome conversations. They feel real, which is important to me in a book – realistic characters that you can feel connected to. The Adventurers Guild definitely delivers in terms of great characters. This duo will easily become some of your favorite book characters, no questions asked.
The setting and world building in this book are pretty neat, too – they are incredibly well written and it makes you feel like you’re actually in the book. I have a thing for world building, and I think that in books like this one it is really important to properly design a book that can lure in a reader and hold their attention. The authors did an amazing job with that in this book. It’s definitely one of my favorite aspects of this novel.
This is the kind of book that I can see myself sitting down and reading with my daughters, too. While it’s a middle grade novel, as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this too, so I think it can be a great read for just about any age, really.
The Adventurers Guild is one of the best middle grade books that I’ve read in 2017 so far, and I have a feeling that it’s going to be staying on that list, well after the year is over. I look forward to more books written by these authors – they make such a fantastic writing team. This is a book you should definitely check out.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
ZACK LORAN CLARK and NICK ELIOPULOS grew up in Florida and now live in New York. Best friends, they get together to play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.
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