Hero, Second Class, The Hero Complex Series #1   -     By: Mitchell Bonds
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Hero, Second Class, The Hero Complex Series #1

Marcher Lord Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Cyrus Solberg is a young man who dreams of becoming a Hero in a fantasy world in which Heroes owe monthly dues and Villains are allowed only one eclipse per fiscal quarter. Cyrus becomes the apprentice to Sir Reginald Ogleby, also known as the Crimson Slash, a towering swordsman with a titanic sword and a penchant for self-narrating his own battles. It's up to Reginald to train Cyrus in the essentials of Heroism so that one day, at the conclusion of his first Quest, Cyrus may become a Hero, second class.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 616
Vendor: Marcher Lord Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.39 (inches)
ISBN: 098210491X
ISBN-13: 9780982104910
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Series: Hero Complex

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Have at you Cyrus Solburg is a young man who dreams of becoming a Hero in a fantasy world in which Heroes owe monthly dues and Villains are allowed only one eclipse per fiscal quarter. Cyrus becomes the apprentice to Sir Reginald Ogleby, also known as the Crimson Slash, a towering swordsman with a titanic sword and a penchant for self-narrating his own battles. It's up to Reginald to train Cyrus in the essentials of Heroism so that one day, at the conclusion of his first Quest, Cyrus may become a Hero, Second Class. More is afoot than the routine of training in the arts of Heroic Derring-Do, however. A bona fide Arch-Villain is on the loose. And this Villain is particularly interested in Cyrus, not least because of how Cyrus seems to have magic coming to him in spite of himself, resulting in tremendous disruption of the magical planes. Entering into the fray come a wise-cracking Dragon, a petulant gargoyle, the Heroes' Guild, the Army of Darkness, and a horde of cursed invisible Centaurs. Cyrus will have to call on his friends, a beautiful young cat girl, and all the power of the Capital Letters and Arbitrary Numbers if he is to live to become a full-fledged Hero.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: When Mitchell was 10 he and his friends created an adventure game called Quest. Mitchell played all the supporting characters, quest givers, and (his favorite) the villains, while his friends played the brave heroes who thwarted them. That game became the basis for "Hero, Second Class." Mitchell is a young man with theatrical inclinations, a wry sense of humor, and storytelling ability well beyond his years.

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  1. KellyJo Houtz Griffin
    WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun Romp Through a Wacky Fantasy World!
    January 11, 2011
    KellyJo Houtz Griffin
    WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Hero, Second Class is a fun romp that parodies all things sacred in the epic fantasy novel. This light-hearted spoof often reminded me of THE PRINCESS BRIDE in feel and spirit. It had action, suspense, romance and humor.

    Imagine a world where both heroes and villains have unions and would be heroes must go through long apprenticeships. Where both hero and villain must abide by strict codes of conduct.

    This is the world of Cyrus, apprentice hero. His mentor, Reg, better known as the Crimson Slash, is a brave and virtuous hero with the annoying habit of narrating all his battles. Together they face numerous obstacles in a world populated with many races and mythical creatures.

    While I initially enjoyed the clever puns, I must admit that it started feeling like each page must contain a minimum number and it started to feel a little overdone, while at times even slowed the action.

    I also can't help wondering if it might have worked better as two books instead of one. I love a good parody, but I tend to tire of them if they run on too long. This book actually felt like it was coming to the climax about halfway through the book and would have been a good place to end book one.

    Still it was an entertaining book and I expect to see much more from this first time author.
  2. Millard
    Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good writing style, but not a for me.
    October 28, 2010
    Millard
    Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Hero Second Class by Mitchelle Bonds is a book about Cyrus Solburg and his quest to be a hero. Cyrus is born into a small town and his one goal is to be a hero. After starting a strange apprenticeship with Reginald, aka The Crimson Slash, a daring monologue and hero of some renown, the adventures begin. Or rather more importantly, his training to adventures does. While traveling through a forest Reginald inadvertently steps on a Katheni's tail, and almost causes his own death at her hands! So enters a two main players in the story: Kris, a pretty temperamental cat girl who has more bark than bite—Er, more meow than bite? And her brother Katana steps into the middle of the story along with her. He's along for the adventure, a talented cat wizard with the ability to duplicate a spell another uses on him.

    All throughout the story, it's original style is written with humorous satire and presented along with "fantastical irony". Like:

    "That is the intent, lad," Reginald replied. "The skeletons are new. Sawface must have finally found himself a competent exterior decorator. Last year all he had was a pair of hideous statues."

    "Ah. You will shriek it with your last breath as I slay you," the Villain continued. To the Dwarves, I am Kon Borok gat mors, son of the Killing Stones. To the Elves I am Malikinolar, Bringer of Darkness. And to the Orcs, I am Vorsch Kraam, the Eater of Souls."

    "And I suppose the Istaka call you Kriha beridakh, One who Tires the Ears," The Crimson Slash said, leaning on his sword."

    The jest run fast and often in this book, often with their own individual jabs at some of the fantasy genre's normal frequenters. The villains have titles like Toadies, Henchmen, and Expendable Minions. Battles are strictly if equal villain hero levels, and the Hero Guild as well as the Villain Guild have strict rules that govern their patrons.

    Hero Second Class was written in a pleasant and easy to understand style. The characters were three dimensional and lovable. Regrettably, I didn't enjoy the plot as much as some other readers with the idea of "learning" to be a hero. The affection between the human, Cyrus, and Kris was written well, but I am not a fan of cross race romance, even if done well. Overall I'd say the writing style was excellent, but regrettably wasn't able to enjoy the plot of "becoming a hero".

    Great style, not mine

    Millard
  3. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 1, 2010
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Cyrus Solburg is an apprentice to Sir Reginald Ogleby, otherwise known as the Crimson Slash. It is Crimsons duty to teach Cyrus in all matters pertaining to becoming a real Hero. As Cyrus and Crimson travel the countryside, they meet up with some new friends: a dragon named, Keeth, and two feline Katheni, brother and sister. As Cyrus nears Herohood, an Arch-Villain is on the loose, plotting diabolical destruction and revenge. Can Cyrus manage to reach the end of his training, stop the Arch-Villain, and save the girl? Or is becoming a Hero not for him? What a funny book. I felt as if I was in the midst of a medieval superhero spoof movie. Mitchell Bonds is delightfully creative with his fantasy world. Both Crimson and Cryus are noble and righteous, even if they do have their faults. Crimson, for one, has the bizarre habit of narrating his battles out loud. And Cyrus discovers a talent for magic that is more powerful than anyone has ever had, accidentally destroying things that, well, he shouldnt. I highly recommend this book for readers who love satire, medieval fantasy, and a good laugh.
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