If Isaac had known the world he was painting would come to life, perhaps he would have been more responsible.
About: This is a three-part, serialized portal fantasy with a light-hearted tone. There’s wit and satire; it’s quick-paced and will keep you engaged. I reproduce my editor John’s thoughts, because they are kinder to me than I dare to be:
This trilogy is at least as good as Twain’s Connecticut Yankee.
The kinship struck me early on in Book 1 because of the “fish out of water in a fantasy milieu, but played for satire” premise, but it runs deeper than that. The books’ laugh-out-loud humor, the quality of the writing, and the threads of incisive social critique woven throughout (here, misogyny and discrimination as manifested in fantasy art and gaming culture are addressed both thoughtfully and hilariously) all reinforced the Twain comparison as I read.
Neither that most honorable literary heritage, nor an abundance of more modern popular fantasy references and winks at convention, distracts from the wild originality and joyful spirit of invention at the trilogy’s heart. It surprises regularly. After pages of laughter, the author proves himself as adept at eliciting tears; by the time the character revelations and ontological mindf*cks begin in earnest, we care deeply enough about these characters for it to resonate long after the final page is turned.
–John Hart (and he can’t take it back now, because I put it here on my website)