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Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,565 Ratings  ·  633 Reviews
Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within ...

The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: "Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within." No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.

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Published (first published February 1st 2009)
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Momma Yes it kinda like the Hobbit but it was more assessable for you boys (8 and 6). The hobbit has too much description and so on; at this point they…moreYes it kinda like the Hobbit but it was more assessable for you boys (8 and 6). The hobbit has too much description and so on; at this point they don't stick with it. it is weighted down, as much as i love it, it to too much for the boys at this point. This was a good, honorable, Adventure that they responded to well. (less)

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Sep 29, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely average book. It was completely inoffensive, so you can let your kids (of any age) read it without fear, but it was also completely bland.

There were battles with bandits, a troll, a spiritual battle with wraiths, and a great and ending battle with a dragon; and these battles probably comprised a combined total of 50 pages out of 376. The rest of the book was travelling, learning, everyone laughing heartily (except for the one guy who brooded gloomily until the shade of his
Nov 02, 2010 Ryelor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This book caught my eye the first time I saw it on the bookstore shelf. The cover had a dragon. I love dragons. My better sense prevailed and I didn't buy it. Almost a year later, my wife found it in clearance and got it for me. I'm glad she bought it on clearance.

Before I turn into Mr. Negativity about "Slathbog's Gold," I want to say that I respect M.L. Forman for getting published. No doubt he will continue to refine his talent until he releases some real gems. This first ins
Oct 08, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, teen-fiction
The BEST fantasy surprise I've had in several years. After years of awaiting sequels, here's a bright new voice. Alex is a 15 year old dishwasher who sees a cardboard sign in a store window with words that change everytime he glances away. He wanders in and inadvertently answers the Adventurers Wanted Sign. This is a fast-paced dragon-slaying adventure with many classical elements of a quest but always a surprising quirk around the corner. I especially loved the fact that the "wardrobe" was out- ...more
Feb 13, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*First of all - thanks to Goodreads for sending me a free copy of this book!*

So I have some mixed feelings about this book. I had one major problem with the book: the main character. Very little information or background was given about the main character, Alex. You know his hair color and age. You don't even know what time period he lived in. This became frustrating when Alex entered a new adventurous world and was surprised at everything in it. His surprise was unbelievable because there was n
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a young YA book. I'd say it's geared primarily to 13 year old why do I freakin' love it?

LOL. I don't really know in detail, but I did. I've noted that the reviews/ratings on this one tend to be either 2 or 5... Either people dismiss it, or like me they love it. I noted on "reviewer who said the author "ripped off", "Tolkien and the Hobbit". (view spoiler) There
Aug 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I get the itch to read a YA book despite my decrepit age for such pursuits. The last YA book I read off a Goodreads score alone was Fablehaven, and I loved that, so I figured I would pick another high-scoring YA book off my Goodreads recommendations list.

This one was a big miss.

What is there to like about this book? The appeal totally escapes me. This is the most generic fantasy adventure I have ever read. The main character is a horrible Gary Stu - (view spoiler)
Von Sowards
Sep 15, 2012 Von Sowards rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book felt like a video game or some gamers Friday night DnD sessions mixed with J. R. R. Tolckien's The Hobbit . A kid gets to go into an adventure world with.. wait for it... Elves! and Dwarfs!! and don't for get the most cliche of them all.... DRAGONS!!!! What is even better is that when you go on an adventure you can spend years and then come back with not time passed at all!

In a video game you begin by picking your character and weapon type, like a thug with a mace or a thief with a kni
Nov 27, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I just finished the first three novels of a fairly new series called Adventurers Wanted. I would have promptly set out on a quest to find the fourth book, but unfortunately, it won’t be out until next year.
This is the most refreshing fantasy series I’ve read in a long time. Somehow it manages to rip off both Tolkien and G.A. Henty at the same time in a completely endearing and honest fashion and simultaneously turns many a fantasy trope on its head. I started cringing on the first page when Alex
Micah Scelsi
Mar 05, 2013 Micah Scelsi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book because it seemed highly recommended, but I don't understand the hype. The author has some good concepts in the book, but that is intertwined in a standard format fantasy adventure. The characters are not very well developed and motivations are questionable. I read the entire book and it was entertaining, but there wasn't that much there. Part of my gripe may be it is meant for a younger audience, but there are still very good books - the Ranger's Apprentice series is a great on ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Taylor is not having a good day. He didn't mean to drop all the glasses and break them. Besides it was his cousin's fault. Thinking that a brisk walk would clear his head, Alex wanders down a street and happens to see a sign in the window of a bookshop: Adventurers Wanted, apply within.

Curious, Alex enters the store and before he knows it he is signing a contract to go on an adventure with an Elf and a Dwarf. With the rest of his company Alex goes on the adventure of a lifetime searching fo
Jill Williamson
Jun 18, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Jill Williamson

Fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor walks by a bookshop one day and spots a small sign that says, “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” Inside he meets the talkative Mr. Clutter, who treats him as though he is on an interview for a great adventure. Alex was merely curious, but the next thing he knows, an elf and a dwarf are brought into the interview to ask him some more serious questions. The adventure? A quest through a portal to another world to faraway Varlo to kill the evil
Aug 13, 2012 Zemkat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This book started out charming enough. A teenage boy stumbles into a magical shop, and finds it difficult to resist signing up to go on an adventure, especially when the man behind the desk insists on filling out the application form for him.

"We should put 'no' to affiliated with dark creatures. And 'no' to evil intent."
"Does anybody say 'yes' to evil intent?"
"It's better to be safe than sorry. We have to ask. It's on the form."

Unfortunately, it only went downhill from there. I'll be returning i
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
Amazing book that's very well written. Though aimed at middle grade readers, I can see quite a few adults picking up this book too. It reminded me a lot of The Hobbit, that's for sure, but at the same time, it was a completely different story almost. I loved that. Full of fun characters, humor, and action, all of which moves smoothly and has a nice flow. Not too fast, not too slow, not at all boring.
Oct 08, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the most innovative or newest of fantasy stories. It covers familiar ground and raises up old tropes. However, in my opinion the author tread new and interesting ground by having the main character stumble into the adventure via a modern-day (or what felt like perhaps a late 1800s English setting...) storefront advertisement for an Adventurer.

The main reason I love this story (and it's sequel, The Horn of Moran) is because the story takes its time, and doesn't force the main characte
Oct 19, 2012 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Alexander Taylor lives a drab life working in an inn with his step father Mr. Roberts and his son Todd. One day Alex tripped while carrying a tray full of glasses and Mr. Roberts just exploded on him. Wanting to just blow of steam Alex went for a walk. Going down a usually normal lane by the name Sildon Alex passed the normal bookshop that was of course always there. But something got his attention out of the corner of his eye. On a sign in big colorful letters read the words
May 07, 2012 01jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called Slathbog's Gold by M.L. Forman. This book is very good considering it is one of the first books he wrote. This book has almost four-hundred pages, all very much worth reading. The audience of this book is teen fantasy lovers.

The main problem is that Alex and his group of adventurers have to defeat Slathbog, a mighty dragon, and claim his hoard. The book starts out with Alex, a teen aching for excitement. When he walks into a junk shop with an "Adventurer's Wanted" sign, his l
06Jake A.
Mar 08, 2012 06Jake A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
Slathbog's gold is an action packed story written by M. J. Forman. The story starts out in a small town where a 15 yr. old boy named Alex Taylor lives with his uncle. Alex's life is a fair one, but Alex wants some adventure. One day walking down the street, Alex sees a sign in window. When he blinks the sign changes. Curious, Alex goes into the store. Inside this store is where Alex's long journey begins, but Alex doesn't know this yet. He gets talked into joining an adventure to kill a dragon. ...more
May 16, 2012 06JacobS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
Slathbog’s gold is an amazing book about, honor, courage, and friendship! Alex Taylor is a 15 year old adventurer and just happened to stumble upon being so. He ended up in Mr. Clutter’s book shop when moments before he wanted to have a cool life, and sees a sign in the window which strangely changed what it said multiple times. He ended up mistakenly applying but realizes it is the best choice he has ever made! He does not realize that he a wizard, warrior, adventurer, and a healer!
This book
Q Turner
Sep 10, 2012 Q Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know who the author paid to get over 1,500 positive reviews, but as far as I am concerned, this book is terrible. Zero character development, zero tension, saccharine, predictable and derivative of about 1,000 other similar stories, this adventure wouldn't even have been interesting if I had played it as a PC in the actual game. To be clear, I love this genre, so this I not genre baiting. Some of my most favorite books are about adventure and fantasy, dragons, etc. This story was low on ...more
May 13, 2012 06BrandonL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Slathbog's Gold
Author: M. L. Forman
Summary: Alexander Taylor is a young boy who one day see a sign saying: Adventures wanted, apply within. Alex enters the shop and becomes a part of an adventure party who travels to a distant land to slay an evil dragon and claim it's horde. Alex and his group face many monsters and trials, including a troll, bandits, and more. Alex will also learn many life skills including how important honor is. But will the adventurers be able to defeat the powerful
Jayden McPhill
Jan 11, 2011 Jayden McPhill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of surprised how good this book was! I bought it from some small town grocery store just because the cover looked cool. I haven't ever heard any one ever talk about this book, but I thought it was good!
I like this book because the main character, Alex, have a lot in common, besides the part where he goes on an adventure and slays a dragon. He starts out living a normal life and is kinda wanting to have something exciting happen to him, which does. I feel the same way, I'm just waiting
Feb 11, 2010 Britani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Borrowed this from Rhett my brother on CD. This book was not too deep just a LOT of fun. You know how in the Hobbit Bilbo goes on his adventure and you always thought wouldn't that be cool to do that too. Well enter this book...Alex does exactly that complete with travelling companions of elves, dwarfs, and men. Also meeting trolls, bandits, wraiths, and a dragon with treasure to slay at the end. No new story elements here but it was thouroughly enjoyable and I loved the clever additions of the ...more
May 30, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-reads
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall I really liked it, but it echoes the plot lines of some familiar favorites. I felt like this book was a mixture of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I never really felt a strong connection with the main character because we don't learn much about him until the end of the book. I also had a hard time keeping his fellow adventurers straight since they're introduced in such rapid succession and the author doesn't take the time to really introduce eac ...more
Ashlynn Thompson
Jan 05, 2014 Ashlynn Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother recommended this book to me so I thought I'd give it a try. Slathbog's Gold has adventure, action, mystery, magic, everything. It is a great story about a boy who becomes an adventurer and goes on a quest to slay a dragon without knowing anything about adventures and the new world he's found. He learns a lot about this new world on his adventure and makes many new friends. If you love stories about slaying dragons and dwarfs and wizards and elves then I know you are going to love this ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Melodee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book for those little readers who can read at a higher level, but may not be mature enough yet for the content of books such as the later Harry Potter books. This is a great fantansy journey, but keeps everything very basic and straight forward, so it's not too scary for those young readers. Older readers may find it a little too basic, and perhaps predictable, but will still appreciate the imagination, and the fun ride. It would be a great read aloud to young kids. All the a ...more
Angie Bollard
First and foremost, just so you know, this book is a total rip-off of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. So many instances that I can cite, but I'll keep it to a minimum. There is fellowship of dwarves, elves and men that try to retrieve the treasures of a dragon hoarde. The dragon is evil and terrible and must be stopped. Sounding familiar yet? The best friends in the fellowship are a dwarf and an elf. Last time I checked, they didn't get along, except for Legolas and Gimli in LOTR. The only ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book, after all it has all the elements of a story I should love: magic, adventure, all the fantasy bits. However, it just fell really short for me. I felt like I was reading a story my 12 year old would write. Everything just was so easy for this kid and worked out perfectly for him. I can see from that why my kids loved it so much, but for me it was irritating. It took me almost a month to read it because it never caught my interest and could easily put me to sleep. Could ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 06, 2015 Tiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great concept, poor execution. I think the biggest thing that irked me was that there was never any struggle. No tension. No wondering what is going to happen next. It was the classic story of a hero who was chosen, rather than someone who chooses to be a hero.

Everything happens *to* Alex, and he wonderfully pulls everything off, without there being any hint of hardship. Everyone knows that he's special. A magical sword chooses him. He bonds magically with his horse. He finds out he has magical
Apr 09, 2015 Lazybee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was different from other typical young adult fantasies. Story is straight forward. But the characters are realistic and vivid. Every character in the group is given a really good development. Not every book accomplishes this easily. Good read.
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Mark Forman was born and raised in Utah and now resides in the foothills of the western Rockies. He tries to write as much as possible when he's not working as a systems administrator and attending to his many other hobbies, such as fishing, camping, hiking and almost anything that will allow him to enjoy the magic of nature.
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