Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 3, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.
THE ADVENTURER’S GUILD is a middle grade adventure story by authors and friends Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos. The Adventurer’s Guild was a ton of fun! I really enjoyed this book. And can I just go off on a tangent really quickly to mention how detailed and gorgeous this book is? From the absolutely stunning map end pages, to the wonderfully designed chapter pages, I really love all the detail that went into the hardcover version of this book. It gets an A+!
I love a good middle grade novel. And I love a good adventure novel filled with magic. And The Adventurer’s Guild knocked both of those loves out of the ball park. This was a great book! The Adventurer’s Guild follows two friends, Zed and Brock. I loved their friendship. What I loved the most about it, is that the boys come from different class levels in the story. Brock is expected to join the merchants because of his wealthy family. And Zed wants to make his mark on the Mage’s. But they both end up in the Adventurer’s Guild, and off they go!
The world Zack and Nick have created is so vibrant and vivid. I feel like it is the perfect setting for a middle grade novel. Speaking of age groups, I feel like this novel will appeal to both readers of middle grade and young adult. I see great crossover appeal here. You meet a whole cast of characters and creatures in The Adventurer’s Guild, but I think my favorite (other than our two main characters) were the dangers. Not because I liked them, but because I didn’t expect them to be a flippin’ creepy and scary as they were. They have doll like faces that split open to reveal their true beast underneath. They creeped me out!
Bottom line: I am completely in love with the world of The Adventurer’s Guild. It was a fun novel with great characters and a world I want more of. It is the perfect fantasy adventure novel for fans of middle grade and young adult a like. I can’t wait for book two!
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