Hello, friends! 🥳 Welcome to my stop for the book tour of Flames Over Frosthelm, the first installment of The Inquisitors’ Guild epic fantasy series by Dave Dobson. I still haven’t gotten off the epic fantasy train, yeah, and I definitely had fun with this one! 🔥
Sometimes, your case takes a left turn. Or three or four. Marten Mingenstern and Boog Eggstrom are provisional inspectors, fresh out of Inquisitor’s Guild training and eager to prove themselves. Assigned the mundane task of tracking down stolen jewels, they instead uncover a mysterious cult set on destroying the city. After a thief explodes, they earn the enmity of a vicious noble, the Chief Inquisitor gets bought off and goes rogue, they are seized by barbarians, and they are sentenced to death at least a couple of times. In a final, frantic race with prophecy, they face ruthless fanatics, a city turned against them, and terrible forces long buried.
Flames Over Frosthelm is the first novel about the Inquisitor’s Guild, the investigative arm of the government of Frosthelm, a medieval city-state where criminals thrive, nobles scheme, and dark secrets lurk. Expect intrigue, mystery, swordplay, adventure, politics, romance, and the strong bonds of friendship. And a little magic along the way. Described as Princess Bride meets CSI, this new novel is a tale of classic adventure with a healthy dose of humor.
Disclaimer: Yes, I received a complimentary ebook copy, but a review was not required and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.
This book is a fun adventure. Some of the elements aren’t exactly new — a doomsday cult, corrupt nobles, court intrigue, ancient magic, and mayhem — but Marten’s voice is fresh and an utter delight! It’s my favorite part of the whole thing, honestly. Though his partnership and shenanigans with Boog is a close second.
I initially thought the number of chapters was intimidating, but they were a breeze to get through. There’s a lot more “downtime” than I expected, with the characters traveling or being holed out somewhere, yet they didn’t at all drag or made me want to put the book down. The characters are also great and it’s easy to get attached to them, including those who only appear for a couple of chapters. (You know, like a certain spitter.)
I enjoy underdog stories centered on good-hearted characters who rise to the occasion, and this one definitely delivered. And did I mention Marten’s a hoot? I still crack up when I’m reminded of his tapestries commentary about Gueran, LOL!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Recommended Listening: As I mentioned in my open call for books to review, I’ll now be adding a song to my reviews! It’ll be one that either sums up the book for me, or what I’d imagine in a trailer were it a movie… or maybe even an original inspired by it 😉
About the Author
A native of Ames, Iowa, Dave loves writing, reading, boardgames, computer games, improv comedy, pizza, barbarian movies, and the cheaper end of the Taco Bell menu. Also, his wife and kids.
In addition to his novels, Dave is the author of Snood, Snoodoku, Snood Towers, and other computer games. Dave first published Snood in 1996, and it became one of the most popular shareware games of the early Internet. His most recent project (other than writing) is Doctor Esker’s Notebook, a puzzle card game in the spirit of escape rooms.
Dave taught geology, environmental studies, and computer programming at Guilford College for 24 years, and he does improv comedy every week at the Idiot Box in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s also played the world’s largest tuba in concert. Not that that is relevant, but it’s still kinda cool.