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The Dungeoneers

(Dungeoneers #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The Dungeoneers is an action-packed, funny, and heartbreaking middle grade fantasy-adventure from the author of the acclaimed Sidekicked and Minion, John David Anderson.

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a mo
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Walden Pond Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantasy adventure for middle grade readers which is sort of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain meets Harry Potter. Colm is a young pickpocket forced to leave his family with Finn, a clever rogue, to train with the guild of dungeonners. Colm is a talented thief with a big heart and he makes some equally endearing new friends. There's plenty of danger, some droll humor, and interesting plot twists. This is a story that will be especially appreciated with readers who enjoy fantasy role playing games.
Ms. Yingling
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Colm is being raised in a family that includes eight sisters, a hard working shoemaker father, and a beleaguered but loving mother. Knowing that the family fortunes are devastated in the wake of a family illness, Colm does the unthinkable-- he picks pockets in town, and comes up with a LOT of money. His father doesn't see this as a good thing, and takes his case to the magistrate, where he meets Finn. Finn wants to make Colm his apprentice as a rogue, working for Tye Thwodin. Thwodin is a Dungeo ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being the only son of a poor cobbler and the brother to eight sisters is not easy...just ask 12 year old Colm Candorly. And when Colm, a natural and talented thief, finds (aka pilfers) a pile of silver and gold from the richer people in town, he finds himself in quite the pickle. But then slick talking Finn Argos arrives and offers Colm an unusual way out of trouble. Colm soon finds himself training in Thwodin’s Legions, a guild of dungeoneers, and among his own kind for the first time. Colm, a ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This magical adventure by John David Anderson follows Colm candorly, a thief and pickpocket on the road to redemption. But colm isn't the only character, he is accompanied by his friends to become a dungeoneer and get rich. The money that he will get from dungeoneering will be put towards his poor family and helping them get out of debt.
The main problem of this book would be Colm trying to become a dungeoneer and redeem himself. He does this by going to tye thodins school of dungeoneering to l
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
L picked this out at Powell's in Portland. The cover art was so bad, I didn't have much hope that it would be any good. Also, it's basically a D&D game come to life. You've got your rogue, your healer, your barbarian, etc. I don't know. It sounded derivative and likely to be plodding and one-dimensional. But surprise! It was witty and fun and enjoyable to read aloud. And the ending wasn't something either of us guessed. Looks like it's destined to be a stand-alone, which is too bad. The endi ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The only reason it took me so long to read was that the book had a very slow pace. While the whole plot line had a very interesting feel to it, the plot twist at the end seemed to be almost added last minute. When it happened I was like, "Oh, so he's bad." And then I moved on with the book. I wasn't normally like "Wait, what? No, I have to read that again!" it just seemed like a pretty ordinary book to me that didn't even try to impress.

Also, the characters are pretty shallow. I don't see any ch
Got to page 144. Sadly this book suffered from me being busy and not able to read it straight through. Pretty much I took too long and now I don't have motivation to continue.

Also....can a book not part of the D&D lore use D&D things? Classes are one thing but monsters like the beholder?
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Every now and then, I discover a book that's just plain fun. That's how this book started: simply fun.

The story is about an adventurer's guild. The older members go out and find young people with talent, and bring them back to train them to raid dungeons and steal gold from monsters (very D&Dish). The main character, Colm Candorly, had a talent for picking pockets, and though he was a good-hearted kid, his family was very large and very poor, so he was doing it for them. The guild'
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Dungeoneers" is a fast-paced, action-oriented, humorous fantasy- adventure that begins when Colm Candorly waiting for the magistrate's sentence for stealing gold meets a enigmatic stranger named Finn Argos who whisks him away to a hidden castle where he's to be trained as a rogue in Thwodin's Legions.

While learning to pick locks and to disarm traps at a guild for dungeoneers Colm teams up with a warrior, a mage and a druid in preparation for a life of adventure, raiding dungeons in search
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arcs, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


THE DUNGEONEERS has a healthy helping of Dungeons and Dragons, a dash of Harry Potter, and a heaping spoonful of humor and fun. I ate this book up like candy -- it was much better than the endless stew served at Thwodin’s Legion.

Colm Canderly has eight sisters who love to torment him (but they love him, too). But that’s not the worst of his problems. He’s from a poor family, and no matter how much cobbling work his father does, there’s
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This fun read is like a junior version of Dungeons & Dragons for intermediate readers (grades 4 through 8). Colm Candorly lives in a small village in a very big family ... 8 sisters. That's right, EIGHT sisters. His dad is a cobbler, which is honest work, but not really enough to support a family of ten. Life quickly starts to change when Finn comes to the village.

Finn is not only an outsider, but recognizes a kindred spirit in Colm. You see, Finn is not just a traditional traveler or even a
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
Being raised with 8 sisters is a daunting prospect, but Colm Candorly has become adept at it. He can sneak past, hide from and escape traps made by his sisters and when one of his sisters becomes ill and needs expensive medicine Corm decides to use his skills for something less than legal. When he returns home after a day of pick pocketing (in broad daylight!) he's got quite a haul, but his Dad doesn't see things the way Colm thought he might. Hoping for leniency by confessing Colm's dad visits ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I Thought- This was an awesome story set in a medieval time. I really liked Mr. Anderson’s superhuman/superhero books (Sidekicked and Minion), and this one wasn’t a disappointment. Mr. Anderson really knows how to immerse you into the story and not let you out. You get engaged with all of the characters and their stories. Mr. Anderson develops them so well, it makes you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. The fact that there is magic, but that it doesn’t play that major of a role ...more
Mrs.R Rasmussen
Loved this book, love all John David Anderson's books. As a librarian for middle schoolers, I read lots of "adventure" books and look for "boy" books to encourage reading for reluctant readers. Lots of "adventure" books are a string of battle scenes, no character, no plot, like lots of movies for kids. Anderson gives you more - funny, clever, characters you can get behind (please have mercy on our stone man - don't want to have a spoiler but please! In a sequel?!), and the action follows the cha ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a series (although there's no set date for the next book or even a premise so don't get too excited yet) about a group of kids who are learning the craft of dungeoneering (don't worry the book will explain precisely what this entails) in Thwodin's Legion (you probably haven't heard of it because it's pretty elite). Each of the main characters has a different specialization (rogue, druid healer, barbarian, and mageling). Anderson continues to impress with his characteriz ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Dungeoneers was a great book! I was a bit hesitant going into this book and yet I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. There weren't too many boring parts to this book and most of the characters were memorable. I was sucked into Colm's story almost instantly because of how catching the writing was.

The story starts off introducing the reader to Colm and his family. A full household that includes 8 sisters that bother him as sister's should. EVEN THE BABY! One of his sister's ends up
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Colm is the only boy, stuck in the middle of eight sisters. He hates how hard his father, a cobbler, works and is still barely able to get by. Colm takes matters into his own hands one afternoon, picking pockets in the town square in an effort to redistribute some wealth. The ease and success which with he accomplishes this brings him to the attention of Finn Argos, a master rogue at a dungeoneering guild who recruits Colm to train at his school. Here Colm will learn the lock picking and trap di ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Colm’s father is a cobbler. He works hard, but there is not always enough money to go around. Colm wishes he could help, especially when one of his eight sisters falls ill. In town, Colm realizes he has a talent for pick pocketing. In one afternoon, he is able to acquire a pile of gold. The only problem - a man named Finn Argos knows of Colm’s thievery. He gives Colm a choice: accept the punishment for theft or become a member of Thwodin’s Legions with whom he can hone his skills. Colm’s new hom ...more
Rhiannon White
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween-reads
"Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.
Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
Teach him to steal, though, and he won't have to eat fish everyday for the rest of his life."

A mixture of DD and John Flanagan's The Ranger's Apprentice, John David Anderson is a master at creating relatable characters, who aren't hesitant about admitting their faults. They are the bravest or strongest. They aren't the chosen ones; in fact, they're often the ones who are painfully average. In the Dunge
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Colm Candorly is the only son of a shoemaker who is trying to help his family make ends meet. When he is caught stealing, he is given a choice: to be labeled as a thief and lose his hand or to train as a rogue and become rich beyond imagining. Choosing to become a rogue, he journeys to the school for dungeoneers. But, Colm learns that dungeoneering may not be as rewarding or as glamorous as it is appears to be. A humorous adventure story about a young thief and his band of misfits.

Recommended fo
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, j, not-graphic
An ordinary young farm boy in a fantasy realm leaves home to discover the larger world not, as is so often the case, on an important quest, but (reluctantly) as an apprentice adventurer who will learn how to delve dungeons for treasure. The setting, perspectives, concepts, vocabulary, and more are clearly derived from role-playing games and only make sense in that context. Anderson tells a fine tale within that framework, a nice balance of action, humor, and heft, with interesting characters. Pr ...more
I've been meaning to read The Dungeoneers for seemingly forever. I even did start reading The Dungeoneers a few times, but never made it past the first couple of chapters.

The writing is good and very humorous. The characters all had their own distinct personalities, ambitions, and motivations. The story in itself is rather simple, but this is a middle grade fantasy novel so I don't expect too much.

The one thing that kept this from being a four star book for me is I felt there could have been a l
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Colm Candorly is one of nine children in a small town of Felhaven. He has to be crafty and stealth to stay one step ahead of his sisters. With only a cobbler's salary, the family had a hard time making ends meet.
Thus Colm thought it might help the family if he lifted people's silver and gold coins in the market. When Colm's father found out, he blew a gasket and went straight to the magistrste. There Finn Argos was listening in and recruited Colm to be a dungeoneer.
Colm is intruigued and trav
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Colm finds out he has a talent for picking pockets, he is taken in by Finn in order to become a rouge: the lock pickers of dungeoneering. Together with his friends, they must face classes in order to become stronger so that they may one day face real dungeons. However, when that chance comes sooner than expected, he finds that betrayal can come from many places. A vault with a seemingly un-pickable lock must be picked, but how? Find out in The Dungeoneers!
Blabby Gabi
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My lil bro borrowed this book from a friend wanted me to read it... I was expecting your normal middle school “drama” with only a little action or adventure. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! This book is one of my favorites!! It has sooo many amazing plot twists and turns and the humor made me literally laugh out loud! I couldn’t put it down😂😂😂 This is one of my favorites adventure books! You HAVE to read it! ❤ ...more
Mike Walker
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, but mainly for the characters. The plot twist was expected, and the result typical. But! It's great for young readers. My oldest loved the book, and still references it. When #2 comes out, we'll read that, too.
Erik Ammon
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters were developed very well, excellent world built, twists and turns, and laughs. I can't wait to read more of Colm and his friends!!
that weird kid Ezra
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very good, suspenseful story super fantastical.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: d&d fans
Fun and quick read! Enjoyable characters and fun plot. Need sequel.
Da Bomb
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a super good book and I could not put it down. It's about some kids who have to fight for gold. It is one of the best books I have ever read.
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John David Anderson once hit himself so hard on a dare by his sister that he literally knocked himself out of a chair and nearly blacked out. He has since translated this passion and singularity of purpose to the related arts of novel writing and pizza eating. The author of STANDARD HERO BEHAVIOR, SIDEKICKED, MI

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