The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers (or NPCs) to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.
When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex-hero with a checkered past, stands up for an undocumented goblin, he inadvertently singles himself out for recruitment by a prophet of the mad goddess to undertake a suicidal quest. But there's more to Gorm's new job than an insane prophecy: powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the quest. If his party of eccentric misfits can stop fighting each other long enough to recover the Elven Marbles, Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity.
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By Sam B. on 25-06-18
Good story with engaging characters
So good I bought the next one immediately. Thank you J. Zachery Pike for writing this so I could “read” it.
Narration is tip top and the writing is sharp. Better than most of the Abercrombie, Sanderson, Lynch, Tolkien and Rothfuss clones out there. Original and refreshing. The story clips along at a nice pace whilst doing a good job of world building.
You’ll be supporting an independent publisher and getting a great story in return.
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By EyeDeKay on 21-02-17
I was hoping for a great book. I got a phenomenal one instead. The narrator is great, the writing is excellent, the characters feel real and have real problems. The economy is not ignored and plays a role in the story. It's well thought out and makes logical sense. Would definitely recommend.
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By James Caulfield on 02-01-17
High Fantasy meets Economics- hilarity ensues
Would you listen to Orconomics: A Satire again? Why?
Yes, I absolutely would. I really enjoyed the Pratchett-like mash-up of high fantasy, personal story development, humor and meticulous world-building. Replay value will be high on this, as a) it is genuinely funny without being "comedy haha." b) The economics check out. Orconomics isn't just pithy titling- it's the underpinning and motivating force in this world (and in truth, in every world). c) Despite the fact that the characters are ostensibly D&D player characters rendered into literature, they all delightfully both display and break every trope in the book. They are also refreshingly multidimensional and unpredictable. I can't break down specifics about how and why without giving away major plot points you truly want to have unfold in proper order- so I'll just stop here and endorse with a much vaunted "5 out of 5 elephants."
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
made me laugh out loud numerous times. Had to set down the stuff I was doing while I was listening 'til I could continue.
Any additional comments?
As a card carrying fantasy nerd and classically trained economist, this book scratches multiple sweet spots for me. Bravo sirrah.
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