In Need of a Fun Read? Give ‘The Wizard’s Gambit’ a Read

The Wizard's Gambit

The Wizard’s Gambit by Kylie Betzner

I may be a little biased — having had a window-of-sorts to see this novel grow into its finished product and being friends with the writer — but I think I can safely say many readers will find “The Wizard’s Gambit” to be a hilarious, enjoyable read, plus it has Littlehammer in it!

With feuding kingdoms — they’ve been, in some cases literally, carrying axes against each other for 1,001 years — terrorizing the land, Wizard White Beard comes up with a hare-brain idea to bring everyone together: a harmless scavenger hunt. But when war has become first nature, the friendly scavenger hunt quickly morphs into something that resembles The Hunger Games. During it, misfits are brought — sometimes kicking and screaming — under the mantel of Mongrel who genuinely wants heal the wounds between the kingdom and find the wizard’s hidden trinket to win the competition.

The characters that populate this novel, truly make it worth the read. There are many common fantasy races, including ogres, elves, and dwarves; however, there is also a diverse human cast that is not just limited to those of Western Europe origin. They each come to the table with their own goals and quirks.

The main cast will provide a favorite character for any reader. Whether it is simple Mongrel who is eventually forced to remove his rosy sunglasses; feisty and completely adorable Littlehammer; the ogre of few words and lover of birds, Grrargh; Tikaani who must face her fear, which threatens to overwhelm her; and so on, there will be someone to relate to. Personally, I adore Littlehammer: her practicality, accent, and right amount of distrust and cynicism (plus a slight violent streak) wormed its way into my heart. But I have to also give a shout out to Empress Eiko who is one badass senior citizen.

The Wizard’s Gambit pokes fun at several fantasy tropes in a loving manner, resembling in someways Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Featuring clever dialogue, hilarious scenarios, and tight prose, it will keep you entertained.

So if you are a fan of the genre and are in need of a good laugh, this book is the one for you. The Wizard’s Gambit can be purchased on Amazon, in either digital format or print. It is also available at Barnes & Noble. Also be sure to visit Kylie’s blog.


The Quest for the Holy Something or Other

indexToday I’m sharing a dear friend’s recently published book — one of which I have had the privilege of being able to witness a small portion of its growth to its current state.

Available in both paperback and ebook via Amazon and other booksellers, “The Quest for the Holy Something or Other” is a humorous read that follows the antics of the ever-innocent/rose-tinted-glasses-wearing Pig and her reluctant knight, Sir Kay, as they hunt for the Holy Bread Box. If you enjoy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” you will love this comedic parody of King Arthur’s court as they fight themselves and the inevitable march of … change.

Perhaps one of the most endearing aspects of this novel for me is the characters, which are all memorable and one-of-a-kind — a true feat in the expansive realm of Arthurian legend. My favorite is perhaps Kylie’s Lancelot, because what can I say, I’m a sucker for antagonists. Merlin is also a personal favorite of mine, and you just can’t bring yourself to not like Pig (if you don’t, it’s akin to kicking a puppy).

“Quest” is also a quick read, in the manner, that it encourages you to keep flipping pages in order to see what befalls our heroes next, or to see what other antics Lancelot and the rest of the FCC try to pull. The book various comedic scenes — some featuring the most delightful, absurd sequence of events — during which Kylie is truly displaying her sense of humor, and I know it had me chuckling out loud to myself on several occasions. It is definitely worth a read.

I’ve included the full summary below:

Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.

Bonus: The Cats Review …

When I brought Kylie’s book home, the cats displayed great deal of interest in it. They each had pretty unique thoughts on the book.

Tatiana, my calico, thought it smelled very interesting, worth a 1 or so sniff — impressive for an easily distracted cat.

Jazzlyn, the tiger-striped calico, concurred with Tatiana that it had a unique, pleasant smell.

Marinus, the grey and white tabby, thought after two licks that it tasted funky, albeit in a good way.

Ichabod, the leopard-spotted tabby, paid it no heed.


Hrmm… dis smell interesting. Iz eatz itz?

So purchase this book for a read that will have you in stitches, or purchase it for your cats — three out of four cats can’t be wrong! Either way, you will not regret having this book on your bookshelf.