Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword

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Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
A young warrior must find a long-lost sword to save her people. More

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About Melanie Hatfield

Melanie Hatfield spent a decade in Los Angeles with hopes of becoming a television sitcom writer. That dream did not come true, but she learned how to write like a pro. She wrote her first fantasy series, Kingdom of the Snark, to incorporate her two favorite genres of comedy and fantasy. Her second fantasy series, The Chronicles of Turrack is an action-adventure spin-off from Snark. Ms. Hatfield currently lurks in her hometown of Kansas City and writes whatever she pleases!

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About the Series: Kingdom of the Snark
If the fantasy works of J.R.R. Tolkien were written with the adult oriented humor of Douglas Adams, you would have "Kingdom of the Snark," a series of humorous fantasy stories.

Renee the Righteous is a young Quester who must find the long-lost Sword of Power to save her people. When at last she thinks her quest for the sword is at an end, she discovers a catch: it takes two people to claim the blade, not one, so she needs a Questing Partner for help. Too bad Renee never bothered to make any friends on her journey, and she has to put her trust in a stranger. She thinks she has found the perfect Questing Partner in Guy Smokes, a hapless Assistant Barkeep always willing to help anyone with heaving bosoms. However, Guy might just change his mind after they are attacked by lustful nun assassins and lethal men in green cloaks. Will Renee be able to claim the Sword of Power, or will she and her Questing Partner be slain instead?

Journey to a land where men are women, women are men and unicorns are jerks in "Kingdom of the Snark!"

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Reviews

Jenna Brewster reviewed on Jan. 12, 2013

Kingdom of the Snark is unlike anything I have read, but is a cross of many things I enjoy. First off, props to the author because the editing was near flawless, and I notice things like that. It was fast paced and easy to get caught up in, and I kept wanting to read more. I liked the characters and found it to be genuinely funny (I don’t usually read comedic books—this was a first for me). I was never bored for a minute and found myself invested in the characters’ plight. Which brings me to the ending…I don’t like when books end in the middle of the action like this one does; I need resolution even in a book that is part of a series. I know some people don’t mind this, but it is a big thing for me. So this is the only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, and I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Steph Coleman reviewed on Jan. 8, 2013

Okay, you’d have to be totally devoid of any sense of humor or dead in order not to laugh out loud as you read “Kingdom of the Snark” by Melanie Hatfield. This book had some of the best one-liners I’ve seen anywhere. (Also a warning, don’t read in public places if you don’t want people looking at you funny when you laugh out loud.) It is the story of a girl, Renee, who goes on her special version of the hero quest, and meets many interesting characters (and challenges) along the way. Highly entertaining and I’d definitely recommend for people who want something on the humorous side, but also with an engaging adventure.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Stacy Decker reviewed on Jan. 6, 2013

Pure unexpected awesomeness! There’s NOTHING worse than reading a book that tries to be funny (or punny) and fails. Well, this sure wasn’t the case here! I’m pretty jaded with these types of books cause I’ve read so many, but I was genuinely impressed with the way that the author created a sort of parallel comedy world to one that felt familiar, and gave it a bitingly sarcastic twist. But at the same time there was a great storyline and you want to see how it will all turn out. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next one, especially because it leaves us right in the middle of a climax moment! Ahhhh!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Anabella Johnson reviewed on Jan. 4, 2013

I loved this book! It was so funny, but actually had an interesting plot also! The tone was light and, as you can guess, very snarky. But not in an overly obnoxious way. More like a clever satire that made me chuckle throughout. Right off the bat I felt like I was in a Mel Brooks movie, and I could totally see this book being a movie as well! Kind of a medieval version of Spaceballs or Robin Hood Men in Tights. Clever and well-written. An enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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