The Wordsmiths and the Warguild (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness, #2)
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The Wordsmiths and the Warguild (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness #2)

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Togura Poulaan, a questing hero whether he liked it or not, is precipitated into a series of adventures in a world which includes dragons, sea serpents, war, wild tribes and the wizard Hostaja Sken-Pitilkin, lord of the island of Drum. A fast-paced fantasy novel published in the USA as two volumes, THE QUESTING HERO and THE HERO'S RETURN.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published 1988 by Corgi
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Dan Schwent
While on the run from an arranged marriage, Togura Poulaan accidentally kills a monster and is mistaken for a great hero. The Wordsmiths, an organization of wizards, send him on a quest to solve the mystery of the Odex, a shiny disc that seems to be a magical treasure chest, frequently vomiting forth treasure, monsters, and refuse. After a disastrous ball, Togura's young lover disappears into the Odex. Can Togura figure out a way to get her out and lose his festering virginity?

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Jul 21, 2011 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I just spent 20 minutes writing a proper review of this, only for Goodreads to cruelly delete it when I clicked save.

Anyway, to sum up, this is a brilliant, picaresque farce reminscent of Terry Pratchett, but with a weird and horrifying core that gives it its own unique flavour.

The story revolves around Tongura Poulaan, a minor noble in a dull backwater, whose hapless attempts to avoid an arranged marriage lead to him being embroiled in a quest not of his own choosing with tragic and hilarious...more
The subtitle of this tale is "the Questing Hero," and the protagonist, Togura Poulaan, does find a quest, and even commits to pursuing it. Then a series of weird and chance events take him far from everything he knows, and romp trumps quest for most of the remainder of the book. Under Cook's guidance, this means monsters and strange peoples with even stranger - and, for visitors, sometimes mortally dangerous - traditions, exotic lands, and times of terrible trial; in short: a fun and crazy story...more
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This is my first Hugh Cook book. I was very pleasantly surprised.
This is grown up Fantasy, without the fluff of fairy tales.

The protagonist Tagura reminds me of the Discworld's Rincewind but more realistic and without The Luggage to bail him out.
He is an anti hero in an anti fantasy adventure.

I was really disappointed to find that not a single Hugh Cook book is available on
Philip Armstrong
Climax? We don't need no stinkin climax in our revisionist examination of quest fantasy.
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Hugh Cook was a cult author whose works blend fantasy and science fiction. He is best known for his epic series The Chronicles of an Age of Darkness.
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