YA Book Review

Hero in a Halfling by William Tyler Davis (Epik Fantasy #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: Hero in a Halfling

Book Author: William Tyler Davis

Genre: Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 5th, 2017

Publisher: Self Published

Date Read: May 15th, 2018

Synopsis: Not all halflings dream of magic…

But Epik isn’t like the rest. Adventure. Excitement. He craves those things. He would rather learn magic, not follow a wizard on some fool’s adventure…. Or so he thinks.

The problem: magic is outlawed. After setting out for the city, what Epik finds in Dune All-En isn’t at all what he’d hoped. No magic. And few wizards.

Luck, or something more sinister, is on the halfling’s side. He meets Gabby, a wizard who is kind enough to rent him a room, or rather, a closet, at his now-defunct magical supply store. And as a group of mountain trolls threatens the city, Epik sees the opportunity to do something, well, epic.

If only the halfling inside him would stop peeking out.

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The Review:

Hero in a Halfling is enchanting and humorous. It has fantasy and whimsy galore. For those who enjoy journeys, and worlds, similar to The Lord of the Rings, you will love this!

I quite enjoyed this one. It really drew me in with the massive amount of world building and details Davis created. It was fantasy at its best.

It started off pretty slow, to allow for world development. It picked up to a mildly faster pace, but continued with the vivid details throughout. It had several points of view, and some memory flashbacks, but never really lost its drive, or became confusing.

I really enjoyed the story line. It had a few predictable moments, and I could definitely tell where most Davis’ inspiration came from, but it also had a fair amount of entertaining, and shocking, twists. It even had many “pop culture” references that were thrown in to mix things up a bit, but they never took away from the story.

Though I never became completely invested in any of the characters, I did enjoy them. Epik felt like a mix between the hobbits from Lord of the Rings, and from one of my favorite movies, Willow. I became attached enough that I will be reading the next books to see where his journey leads. Gerdy was another character that, though I didn’t become 100% attached, I would love to see if she has a part in the next book. She was a strong, intriguing character that added a little depth to the story.

I really loved the fantasy aspects. There were trolls, goblins, elves, and orcs, oh my! Everything in the story just felt so incredibly detailed and lively. Though the pace was slow, the development in the story, and the ending, left me thrilled to continue the journey. I’m hopeful that the next book will have a faster pace, and more action, since this one contained so much world building. I’d rate it 3.5-4 stars (or 4 mermaids since we don’t want to tempt the trolls to eat the other half of the mermaid).

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Thank you to the author for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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