Randolph Lalonde

Biography

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe series.

Randolph Lalonde's Ebooks have been legally downloaded over one million times to date. He has made just enough to keep writing full time from sales. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.

Where to find Randolph Lalonde online

Series

Spinward Fringe
An epic series following a group of friends who are trying to find their place in the galaxy.
Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening
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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 3: Triton
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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline
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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 5: Fracture
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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6: Fragments
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NEM
This series follows Grant, a man who was a Dungeon Master that once created his own fantasy gaming world for his friends. HIs life changes forever when he gets pulled into that world and has to risk his life to save what he loves about it.
Nem: Awakening
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
NEM: Crimson Shores
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!)
Chaos Core
The very core worlds of humanity in the galaxy are in a state of chaos after artificial intelligences turned on them. Now that it looks like humanity will survive, power vacuums must be filled and many settlements have become lawless, dangerous places.
Cool Pursuit: Chaos Core Book 2
Price: $3.75 $1.87 USD. (50% off until July 31!)
Savage Stars - Chaos Core Book 3
Price: $3.75 $2.81 USD. (25% off until July 31!)
Highshield
The saga of Highshield during an age of incredible change and upheaval.
Highshield
Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off until July 31!)
Brightwill
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)

Books

Samurai Squadron III: Spinward Fringe Broadcast 20
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 20. Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 118,550. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Samurai Squadron and the Triton are joined by powerful allies as the war for the Rose System intensifies. As Ronin, Dame and Breaker lead the first strike and fade attack on the blockade around Planet Rodus, they prove one frightening fact: starfighters will lead the war. The fate of an entire solar system hangs in the balance as void warriors meet in the unforgiving, infinite black.
Rogue: Assembly
Price: $4.49 $1.12 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 62,980. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Created as a decoy, Rogue is an advanced combat android with the transplanted consciousness of an adventurer and soldier. Rogue completed her mission and was set free by her creators, but finds herself on a world that's starting over, bringing millions of settlers to fill and fight over cities that were once empty. She has to find her place as a spectre of her creator's past catches up with her.
Samurai Squadron II: Spinward Fringe Broadcast 19
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 19. Price: $5.39 $4.04 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 117,770. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jake, Remmy and Agameg have finished gathering intelligence about their plans and plan to escape a space station where the enemy is recruiting. Captain Ruby Sima, a loyal ally, plans to get them out without being noticed so they can reunite with the Triton, but it will require some tricky manoeuvring and luck.
Samurai Squadron: Spinward Fringe Broadcast 18
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 18. Price: $3.99 $0.99 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 85,290. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Order of Eden is expanding their reach. The Renegade Captain Jacob Valent can’t gather enough large starships to fight them on their own terms, so he turns to his old friend and his band of pilots. Wing Commander Minh-Chu and Samurai Squadron have proven that a small fighter can do incredible damage and disappear before it's overwhelmed before, and everyone is depending on them to do it again.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 17: Clash
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 17. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 116,820. Language: British English. Published: December 19, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jacob, Alice Valent and their oldest friends come face to face with the Order of Eden in a new way as a world of innocents comes under threat.
The Last of the Bullet Chasers
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 16.5. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 17,040. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 1 review)
Cooper flies the Monte Carlo, a ship built to catch munitions that missed their targets in space only to put unsuspecting worlds in danger years, perhaps centuries later. The Monte Carlo is going after a missile group drifting next to the speed of light this time, and if they don't get everything exactly right, the civilization in the Rega Gain Solar System will be destroyed.
Psycho Electric
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 107,360. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 21, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Rafe became a cyborg when his aunt sold his body to pay her debt. Left only with his human head and a rough, industrial cyborg body, he is on the run from his master. We find Rafe in the megacity of New Udalpur, where he's been able to hide amongst a massive population Thanks to a daring caper, his curiosity, and a little heroism, Rafe is about to be in more trouble than he can handle.
Resurrection: Spinward Fringe Broadcast 1
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 56,060. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
Captain Valance has no memory of his past. Left adrift on a strange ship, he begins a new life. Years later he's become a well known hired gun while searching for clues to his past. This follows Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins and begins a new adventure.
NEM: Crimson Shores
Series: NEM. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 145,170. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Grant’s journey through the land of Nemori continues. The memory of, and worry over Vismag remains with him as he wonders if leaving him behind was the right thing to do. His true quest, to defeat Marat and stop the spread of Olur’s influence. He will not be without allies, however, as both great and terrible things wait to greet him downriver.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 16: Hunters
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 16. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 145,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
As Jacob Valent leads the Merciless and the rest of his battlegroup across The Cluster to assess threats against the Fleet, Alice Valent starts making good on a promise she made to an alliance of rebel captains to steal at least one recently finished Order of Eden Advanced Destroyer right from the shipyard. All could be lost if she doesn't realize that she's being hunted.
Nem: Awakening
Series: NEM. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 112,850. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 31, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
As a Dungeon Master Grant began creating a world of his own for tabletop role playing games that has grown to fill bookshelves since his teens. Nem. Little does he know, Nem is real and he is uniquely qualified to save it. A journey involving a death cult, a Trickster God, a budding enchanter, the Goddess of his dreams, and more awaits.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 15: Pursuit
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 15. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 129,260. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Alice Valent, Noah "Carnie" Lucas and the crew of the Clever Dream are delving into the galactic underworld in search of resistance groups and Mary Reed, an elusive leader amongst the rebels. Will they find her? Will their efforts to arm resistance fighters once again result in disaster?
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 14: Rebel
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 14. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 106,400. Language: British English. Published: March 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A resistance group, led by Stephanie Vega and Shamus Frost on the Tamber moon struggles to fight Wheeler and the Order of Eden as another small group of fighters led by Jacob Valent and Admiral Rice plan a daring attack that they hope will devastate their enemies and free their people. Will it pay off, or will the price they pay for resistance be too high?
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 13: Warriors
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 13. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 131,640. Language: British English. Published: December 7, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Alice approaches a resistance group with the best intentions and is confronted by complications. Haven Fleet is faced with the unknown while Ayan and her allies try to keep the fleet together. Meanwhile the Haven Solar System is under Order of Eden occupation and the rule of Lucius Wheeler, their oldest surviving enemy.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 12: Invasion
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 12. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 142,070. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 11, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
All signs point to a looming invasion. The Edxi, an intelligent insect race, will lead the charge as they attempt to take the Tamber moon and the worlds around it to hatch their broods and create a new strategic foothold in the Milky Way. The entire fleet is rushing to make last minute preparations as Alice is forced to take a short relaxation leave to recover from recent events.
Savage Stars - Chaos Core Book 3
Series: Chaos Core. Price: $3.75 $2.81 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 121,370. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Spin's death approaches, and she asks her crew to go after the cure that will remove her life cap and give her all the benefits of being human. That means going to the Geist System, the most prized looting target in the galaxy. Governments, raiders and corporations alike are going to war over the advanced technology there, and Spin has to lead her people straight into the middle of it.
Dark Arts II
Pre-release—available September 29, 2024. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Maxwell has been carrying a shard that attracts souls for seven years. His journey has taken him across North America as he scraped a living as a session guitarist. If he stays somewhere too long, the horde of souls who pursue him will catch up. Max has decided there must be a way to use the shard to help people. This is the story of the attempt and his descent into darkness.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 11. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 140,470. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 1 review)
Alice continues her training at the new Haven Fleet Academy and just as the curriculum multiplies in difficulty, news that her father's ship, the Revenge, has gone missing comes in. With resources already stretched to their limit and relations with allies strained, Haven Fleet must assemble a small force to search behind enemy lines.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10.5: Carnie's Tale
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 10.5. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 78,200. Language: British English. Published: November 14, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Alice Valent, an Officer Trainee, is assigned to investigate a digital record of a young pilot, Noah Lucas. His callsign is Carnie, and he began his long story of survival after corrupted artificial intelligences destroyed the carnival he called home. He was left to survive alone on Iora, where machines turned against humanity. Set after Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground
Highshield
Series: Highshield. Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 120,860. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a world where the Gods are real, a child is resurrected, returning with a purpose: To lead one religion into greatness by becoming a Paragon Paladin. Everyone scrambles as a new rivalry that begun in the realm of Gods threatens to wreak havoc as a young priest named Rendiran tries to protect the boy he resurrected, Tadrin, from all harm. - By the Author of Dark Arts, Brightwill, Spinward Fringe
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 10. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 115,740. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
The war between the Order of Eden and the few who fight for their freedom continues. Jacob and his comrades are within the Iron Head Nebula, a natural border between sectors where danger surrounds them as they do their best to assist stranded ships, fight the Order, and make connections with those who dwell in the gargantuan dust cloud. Meanwhile, Alice faces challenges in the Triton Fleet Academy
Cool Pursuit: Chaos Core Book 2
Series: Chaos Core, Book 2. Price: $3.75 $1.87 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 62,980. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 14, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Spin and her companions continue to elude their masters, slave hunters, and the UCA. Revenge is on everyone's mind, but pursuing Captain White is an endeavour that could cost them everything if it's done wrong. Spin has a special kind of revenge in mind, the kind that could win her friends an advantage while separating White from everything he's worked for, even his great ship: the Cool Angel.
Trapped (Chaos Core Book 1)
Series: Chaos Core, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 40,780. Language: British English. Published: June 15, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
While artificial intelligences across galaxy attempted to end human life, a designer slave, Aspen, escaped. Now mankind is regaining control, destroying artificial intelligences but leaving a lawless galaxy behind. Aspen's made a home with a mercenary crew, unaware that she'll soon be back in the hands of her masters and will have to fight for her freedom again. Based on the Spinward Fringe series
Dark Arts
You set the price! Words: 81,120. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Maxwell has a family trade: finding and selling occult artifacts he doesn’t believe in and he’s found something worth thousands. It could finance his flagging music career, but no one’s buying the dangerous bauble. Miranda, a woman from his past joins him on stage, bringing light into his life, but it could be too late. She may be drawn into a spiritual conflict that will ruin them both.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9: Warpath
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 9. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 131,430. Language: British English. Published: August 28, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
The war is on! Conflict grips the Iron Head Nebula and the star system that Jake, Ayan, Minh-Chu and their loved ones call home. The Order of Eden, British Alliance and other organisations creeping in the shadows enter into an all-or-nothing conflict that will change the political shape of the galaxy for centuries while Freeground is forced to leave its home space in search of help and safety.
Brightwill
Series: Highshield. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 64,150. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Naze the Great Wizard finally tells his students and fellows about his exploits with his long lost brother, Riv. Riv, the outcast, the Thief of the Enduring Light, the Slasher Goblin, is an unexpected sibling to Naze the Wizard. What the Great Wizard reveals is a tale of bold misadventure and a people facing extinction. No one will see him the same way again.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 8: Renegades
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 8. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 147,440. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
It has been months since the Siege of Port Rush. The Warlord, under the command of Jacob Valent, has been travelling to ports across the sector to gather intelligence, capturing ships and cargo as they go. Manpower and funds are still in short supply, but the Captain is winning the support of the British Alliance, and his crew suspects he has a long term plan that will lead to bigger prizes.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 7. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 184,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 18, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.75 from 16 reviews)
The crew of the Triton find themselves marooned in the Rega Gain solar system. Refusing to abandon the refugees and liberated slaves who joined them along the way, they make a deal with the Government to settle. Meanwhile, the fugitive, Jacob Valance and the former Samson crew work to restore their ship and continue their fight against the Order Of Eden in earnest.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6.5: The Expendable Few
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 6.5. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 76,430. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.25 from 44 reviews)
Clark Patterson and other officers in the Freeground Military are ejected from regular service when their actions and lifestyles are met by disapproval by a new oppressive government. They find themselves reassigned to a unit sent on some of the most dangerous missions ever undertaken by Freeground Nation soldiers. Completing these missions is their only way to win their freedom.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6: Fragments
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 6. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 136,400. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.77 from 44 reviews)
The crew of the Triton continue their misadventure near Ossimi Ring Station. They are forced down different paths and a fight for freedom that will cost them dearly begins. New opportunities, dangers and experiences await them all, as the Order of Eden stirs, advancing their own agenda.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 5: Fracture
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 5. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 72,080. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.47 from 17 reviews)
The crew of the Triton, a rare, Earth built Space Combat Carrier, make their way to Ossimi Station, a safe haven for independent ships and traders. In a galaxy gripped by conflict and teetering on the verge of chaos, Captain Jacob Valance and his crew will be faced with the unexpected, the unknown, and an opportunity to save thousands of lives. Will their sympathy be their undoing? [Broadcast 5]
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 4. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 198,630. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.65 from 17 reviews)
Captain Valance and his crew are finally learning to work as a unit. Oblivious to the grander designs of the Order of Eden, they are drawn into a brutal conflict over a planet the Order is depopulating so they can use it for themselves. Who will survive the Frontline?
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 3: Triton
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 3. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 107,150. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.68 from 19 reviews)
After narrowly escaping a brush with an old enemy Captain Valance and his crew reach out to their allies for help. Meanwhile, allies and enemies from his past are set to reveal themselves in unexpected ways, changing his life and the galaxy forever.
Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 1 & 2. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 112,570. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.69 from 39 reviews)
Captain Valance has no memory of his past. Left adrift on a strange ship, he begins a new life. Years later he's become a well known hired gun while searching for clues to his past. This follows the First Light Chronicles cult hit Space Opera series.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins
Series: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 0. Price: Free! Words: 179,740. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.59 from 64 reviews)
In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. - Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages. [Final Revision]

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Randolph Lalonde's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Randolph Lalonde

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 01, 2009

    Fantastic guide! After dealing with a dozen or so eBook retailers, Smashwords is a breath of fresh air so far. I'm in the process of converting my work (11 titles at the moment), so it can appear here and this guide is absolutely essential.
  • Shatter (The Children of Man, #1) on July 10, 2010

    On its own, Shatter is a novel that introduces us to the personalities and struggles of some memorable characters. Faela is a character on a journey propelled by deep motivations that aren’t immediately apparent. As you unravel the mystery surrounding her and discover what drives her you are treated to her practical yet charming personality. The other characters in this book are just as interesting, their struggles are just as compelling, you’ll find yourself cheering for some and sneering at others. The world, magic system and history behind this book are specific and well made. Unlike many fantasy and science fiction novels these days, you don’t get the feeling that the whole universe is built to the direct benefit of the characters. Instead, Elizabeth Mock has built a setting that is anything but convenient or simple, adding depth and realism to their struggles. This book does stand on its own, but I promise you’ll be looking forward to the second part of the trilogy by the time you finish it.
  • Hero Wanted on March 25, 2011

    Hero Wanted is a rare gem of a novel in a dump truck filled with standard fare fantasy gravel. It doesn't pretend to lofty seriousness - this is a comedy adventure after all. Having said that, it doesn't dumb itself down - there is wit both high and low brow but often somewhere in the middle. The main character, Jason Cosmo, is not a brash hero or a know it all, nor is he an ignoramus or coward. He flitters from one extreme to another while trying to find his place in the mayhem that besets his existence as he is plunged into a turbulent adventure. He's fun to watch and has a highly entertaining voice - a good thing since the story is told from his perspective. His cohorts are a colourful group that only includes one person who is well suited to adventuring. The others have to struggle through, using whatever skills they have - even if wildly inappropriate or delightfully random - to survive the challenges ahead. Every character who has more than one line of dialog contributes something worthwhile to the adventure, the same can be said for the various villains. Villains! There is a kaleidoscopic rogues gallery featured in this book who each have clear motivations, and often different modus operandi. They present fantastic challenges and contribute to the humour throughout the book very evenly. The world within this book is interesting, hilarious and broad. I can't say much more about it; spoilers are the enemy, after all. In short, this is an adventurous comedic rampage of a fantasy novel. RL