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The Adventurers Guild

(The Adventurers Guild #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.

In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the ro
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Emma Giordano
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book more than I anticipated! I'm not a huge middle grade reader NOR am I a high fantasy reader, but The Adventurers Guilde struck a nice balance that complimented my reading styles perfectly. I believe if you are a fan of older-middle grade (I find it particularly reminiscent of The Magisterium Series ) then it would be a great fit for you.

The world building and magic system in this novel were really well done. The history of Freestone was clear and comple
Ashley Nuckles
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me so much of Percy Jackson, but with more magic and less mythology. If you want an adorable, funny, middle grade adventure novel DEFINITELY pick this up. Even if you're not into middle grade; it's just so great!

*Thanks to Disney Hyperion for providing me with this book, though I'm under no obligation to post a review! All thoughts and opinions are my own! :)*
Give a child a great adventure in a fantasy world and you will give them new worlds to explore, moments of wild imaginings and the love of books! THE ADVENTURERS GUILD by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos is the story of two friends with high hopes for their futures, even though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different. Zed wants nothing more than to be chosen to be in the Mage Guild, to raise himself up from the stigma of being the only half-elf in his village. Brock wants to be a merchan ...more
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
"Few ever asked the join the Adventures guild.. Their members often died young"

I'm not a huge middle-grade reader, but I do love my fantasy/adventure novels.When I read the synopsis of this book and learned that the authors were D&D fans and gamers, I knew I had to give it a shot. I got so much more out of this than I ever thought I would from a middle-grade novel, I literally cannot wait for the next book in the series, but as there is no release date set, I'm in agony because I nee
T.J. Burns
The Adventurers Guild was a fantastic read! I haven't read anything this good in a long time! An exciting, suspenseful, intriguing, imaginative story, with diverse, colorful, and interesting characters, and a creative, intelligent, and witty dialogue.

I am so tired of series and cliff-hangers, but at 80% through, I was hoping, begging, for there to be a sequel. I can't get enough of these characters, both kids and adults. (I'm happy to report this wasn't a cliff-hanger, not really -- it ended mor
Jessica Robbins
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start to this new adventure series that is perfect for young readers that like lots of action in their books while following a mixed group of kids. We get a world that is separated by guilds with four being more revered then the rest. Our core group is all set for the day they get chosen by their guilds when things go sideways at the event earning them all a spot in the Adventurer's Guild which is the most mysterious. What follows will keep the reader hooked to the story even while is chal ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-con-2017
As usual for my expectations in this genre, I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. Credit goes to the awesomely creepy Dangers--creepy porcelain-like faces splitting to show the monster beneath is always an ace in the hole. Harry Potter did it. It did it. There is something to be said for humanoid features morphing into something terrifying.

The rest is formulaic in the best way. You have two best friends who are fiercely loyal, a girl who's misunderstood
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books, fantasy
While not particularly unique, this was very fun to read. The characters were lovely (hopefully the side characters will be a bit more fleshed out in the later books) and flawed, which I really appreciated.

I think the ending came a bit too fast and the villain was suddenly there, without much build up. But it was still a pretty entertaining story! Definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little creepier than I usually like (but that's not a fault of the book, just a warning for younger readers — or those who might want to avoid reading it before bed).
But the story is well-written, with detailed characters, and an engaging plot that kept me guessing.

Not comparing it to the depth LOTR of course, but it sort of felt like an LOTR-esque book for younger readers, or those not ready for the LOTR page count.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
This is a fun, creative first book in a new fantasy series for middle grade readers. I would recommend this one for younger middle grade readers. My almost 11-year-old gave it 3.5 stars. It's a fun read, but the story and characters may not necessarily be too memorable. ...more
Morgan Smith
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy midgrade was a tour de force; a character-driven, well-developed, laugh out loud funny, spooky, exciting read.

The Adventurers Guild is the most dangerous guild in Freestone, one of the last remaining cities. Those who join usually die young, fighting off the monsters that live beyond the wall. So when Zed Kagari, a young sorcerer, is drafted, he's not exactly happy about the situation. His best friend volunteers to join as well, following Zed into the most dangerous adventure of the
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was well written and the world building was great. Took me awhile to catch on to the names of the guilds and their practicing professions and I kept having to go back to figure out that the Stone Sons were knights when, intuitively, it sounds like a group of masons or something. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives of Brock and Zed and appreciated that they were from different backgrounds but still best friends. The action and adventures were interesting but for some reason I never felt s ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Adventurers Guild is a first-rate middle grade fantasy. Excellent use of classic fantasy (elves, dwarves, swords & sorcery) while incorporating fresh new fantasy elements. Characterization was in-depth and believable with a lovable bunch of tween protagonists. Those who like Rick Riordan's books or Rowling's Harry Potter series will want to check this one out.

Zed Kagari is so relieved when he is selected by the Mages Guild during the Guildculling in his hometown of Freestone. It will mean a
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Audience: Middle Grade
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Though the world had ended long before Zed was born, this was still the scariest day of his life.
- first sentence

Zed and Brock are best friends and they live in Freestone, one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters. Zed is half-elf and he hopes to be picked for the Mages Guild. Brock, whose father is a merchant, expects to be picked for the Merchants Guild. But life doesn't always go as planned and the boys end up par
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While I was reading this book, I was also reading Keeper of the Lost Cities, and realized that this is a good book, and that is a great book. The difference was that I wanted to stay with Sophie and her friends, even after I was reading it, and in this book I was fine with leaving.
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, middle-grade
This book left me breathless.


It has been SO long since a middle grade fantasy novel has done that for me.


It was SO good. I can't even words right now. Usually, my fangirling is saved for YA or adult books, but The Adventurers Guild is definitely worth a girly squeal or two.

It's told in the third person, split between Zed and Brock. Both boys are young and hoping to be selected by prestigious guilds during the guildculling ceremony in their city. The selection will determine
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
4 1/2 stars

I love this series. It's a great middle grade read. You have a world that's been overtaken by monsters. Only a few cities have survived. Freestone is one of them. Their wall and The Adventurers Guild keep them safe. As for Freestone itself, it's isolated to the walls of it's city. It's become a city with guilds. Those who belong to a noble guild are almost always assured to continue in that guild when the choosing day rolls around. Those is lower guilds or no guild don't have a lot of
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Adventurers Guild is SO good and I'm pretty excited that it's going to be a series. I went into this book looking for a book for my 7 year old to start after he finishes reading Captain Underpants and while it is definitely too advanced for him right now... it has found a fan in this mama.

This book has magic, monsters, and adventure. There are heroes and villains and characters that you're not quite sure about. This book doesn't leave you on a cliffhanger, but you definitely want to see what
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so good!! I would have adored this as a kid when I didn't have an actual DnD group! And even as an adult in two DnD groups, I loved it still.

This is a great start to what's sure to be one of my favorite J series! This follows Brock, a son of an affluent merchant, and Zed, a half-elf son of a servant, and how they deal with the challenges posed to them. It definitely reads like a novelization of Dungeons and Dragons for kids. It's perfect for kids who are interested in DnD but not ready
This was a very cool and fun read! The world building was well paced, and once the action started, it just kept going. This is a book that I will definitely be telling the kids about.

The story is told in dual perspective. Zed is a half-elf who just wants to be a mage, and the other perspective is Brock, the son of well to do merchants, who wants to be a merchant. Brock and Zed are best friends who end up not getting into the guilds they want, but at least they are facing their adventures togethe
Brandi Rae Fong
While this doesn't necessarily cover any new ground in the realm of kid lit fantasy (at 12 kids are "chosen" to join their guilds in a ceremony), there are interesting characters, magic and monster filled action, and a bit of intrigue that helps keep it entertaining. Great choice for 4th-6th graders who love the genre. ...more
Misha (Heartsfullofreads)
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow start but amazing finish. Most high fantasies do start out slow because it takes time to build an entire world. I instantly liked both characters but my daughter did not care for Brock in the beginning. We enjoyed the mystery aspect and look forward to rejoining Brock and Zed in their next adventure.

*Strong 4 1/2 stars*
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent. I really enjoyed this book. It's basically a novelization of a well done DnD campaign. The characters were all well written and their growth was natural and not at all forced. I look forward to the sequels.

Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bea-arcs
Why did I take so long to start this book? It read so quickly and it was pretty darn entertaining. I would definitely recommend it for people who are interested in Dungeons & Dragons type fantasy stories. There are kobolds, gelatinous cubes, wizards/sorcerers/warlocks, rogues/spies, guilds, and plenty more monsters. I'm definitely going to have to pick up the second book soon. ...more
Betsy Rhoades
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It reminds me a little of the Ranger's Apprentice, Hunger Games, and The Lightening Thief. Yet, the characters and monsters are completely new. It is geared to a younger audience (mid 20s here🙋‍♀️) but I still found myself enjoying it. Much like Harry Potter! Looking forward to starting book 2 very soon. ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This series shows some really great promise, so I definitely think I will continue on.
Elizabeth Meadows
This was a fun read. The world and the characters are very interesting and I'm looking forward to reading more adventures from this series. ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book was a really good one! Zed, Liza, Jett, and Brock go on a crazy adventure filled with Dangers and magic. Really good book and I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
Dan Poblocki
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic MG fantasy. Cannot wait for the next one!
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