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Champions of the Dragon

(Epic Fallacy #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Murland Kadabra has always dreamed of becoming a great wizard. However, at age 19, the young apprentice has yet to successfully cast a single spell. He has been reduced to grounds keeper of Abra Tower, and has become the laughing stock of the wizarding school. But when the Most High Wizard Kazimir chooses him to be one of the five Champions of the Dragon, Murland’s life ch ...more
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Traveling Bard Publishing (first published 2017)
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Alyssia Cooke
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, satire
This was recommended to me under the tag line; For Fans of Terry Pratchett. Let me be very clear here however, this is no Pratchett. There is the insanity yes, but there is none of the wit, the humour, the absolute genius which I hold Pratchett in such high esteem for. Put in Pratchett's hands these characters would sparkle and fizz and have you cackling and howling and crying in turns. In the hands of this Epic Fallacy writer, they simply plod.

It's reasonably well written but it's fairly obviou
Kathy Sebesta
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Some of the dumbest, stupidest characters I'd never want to waste time on. ...more
Sandi Faulconbridge
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, 2017
Fantastic. I've gotten to the end and want to read the next book immediately. I found myself 'rooting' for this bunch of misfits.

I started reading this thinking it was YA as the main character is 19yrs old ... well one of the main characters. It isn't YA - that is to say I wouldn't give it to the younger teens to read. But it's still a darned good read.

The storyline is engaging (I love fantasy!!!) and there is great character development - you can see their progression in growth, their self-do
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, freebie
Not to my tastes - I think it was the writing style that meant I gave up on it. I kept getting dropped out of the study by the "humorous" names, for example ...more
Десислава Сивилова
That was an unexpected gem. I have to admit, I'm not much of a fan of epic fantasy - more often than not, I find grand world-saving quests and grand multi-race battles ... well, too grand for my taste. So I totally enjoyed this book, which is a great parody of all the cliches of the genre, especially those we know (and love) from "Lord of the Rings". Starting with characters' names and dialects, and ending with the fairy-tale race stereotypes, the author pokes fun at just everything!

The Champion
A Baker
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an easy, entertaining book but aside from the strange names and the exaggeration of all the characters' traits, it is not humorous or witty...and it reads like well-edited fanfiction.

The author uses extremely similar situations as those written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy; whilst some similar plot can be seen as a nod to the father of the adventure fantasy genre, copying entire scenes is plagiarism and does not make for a good read. The main villain'
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-watch
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fun and funny, and has a lot of heart. The humour is offset well by the more serious scenes, giving it a good balance. It never felt silly. I even found myself crying during one scene. I never thought I'd end up emotionally invested in this book, but here we are, and I'm eager to read the sequel. Not just because I want to find out what's next, but because I want to spend more time with these characters. Book 2 was added to my list to read about halfway throu ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Champions of the Dragon by Michael James Ploof is the first book in the Epic Fallacy trilogy. In every generation five are chosen by the Most High Wizard Kazimir to be the Champions of the Dragon. The five chosen are unlikely companions: Murland is an apprentice that always dreamed of being a great Wizard, but has failed to successfully cast a spell. Gibrig is a Dwarf suffering from Humanism, and doesn't have the heart to harm anyone. Brannon is a Prince refusing to bend to his father's will, an ...more
JoJo Gozy
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I've held on to this book since it came out. Don't know why I didn't want to read it right away. I should have. It's really good. It's funny, it's sad and there's action. What more could you want. A really good book, well written and it made me laugh.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a confusing book at the beginning, but it comes alive and get you to start loving the main characters. A little boring at first, so stick with it and it will be moving right along. This series is on its own in uniqueness and you won't find any like it any where. I believe that you'll like it as much as me, so give it a shot. Great reading Everyone!!!!!! ...more
MEG Munro
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I'm not sure why I forgot to review this book but I have to say.......this story is absolutely EXCELLENT.
The characters all have their flaws, we all do, but these characters go beyond the reasoning of flaws. They are all so different but they all have the same quest, kill the dragon that has come to destroy. It's tricky, to say the least.
They have all been lied to and with that said, I can only hope that this review will entice lots of people to read this great story.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was billed as "humorous". While mildly amusing in parts, I had to really look to find the humor. 5 are chosen to go for to chase off a fierce dragon. Why these individuals? Each of them are screw ups that their people wish to be rid of. As they make their hapless way on their journey, each finds the beginning stirrings of heroics in themselves. A decent enough story, but I doubt I will search out and read the second and third volumes in this series. ...more
James Morgan
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good Read!

Enjoyed this book well formed characters. Tired of same story fantasies. Enjoyed the characters, the satire is not overdone. Liked the fact that it a more or less serious story, the satire for me keeps the book real. A story of heroes who are not what they seem. I will read the rest of series.
Carol Brodtrick
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't care if there are twenty books in a series. I do care that each of them has some resolution at the end.We Cliffhangers don't impress me and they do not make me race to pick up the next book. However, I do like the not-yet-true-wizard Merlund, so I'll probably thumb through free nook two to check his progress. ...more
Janet G Burch
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Champions of the Dragon

A very funny book. There is only one other book that was as humorous as this one and that one has paled by comparison. This one is now my favorite funny Fantasy book.
Scott Richardson
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tongue in cheek with heart

I loved it, good character development with a light hearted but enjoyable story line. Eagerly awaiting the next one, happy to hear it won't be long.
John Hilton
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun read

I found this enjoyable and fun to read. The atypical characters are a nice change from the standard cookie cutter type casting.
claire preece
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Fun

Easy read, likeable characters. Lots of humour and the plot is an o!d one. Will be reading book two - it's all about the Wand..............
Kevin Tisdel
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

It started slow but the story has built to the point that I want more. Character development has been good.
Ryan Toxopeus
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, here was an interesting book, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I mean, on a technical level, it was well written and easy to read.

But I found it tended to drag quite a bit, because there's a cast of five main protagonists. Each of them goes through very similar beginnings, and the characters weren't introduced in the right order (my feelings, here). The twist is spoiled with the second character, so introducing the next three characters has less and less impact.

And then add to
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A freaked version of The Hobbit

Metric system - Those are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it.
Book Storyline
- Originality: 4/5 stars
- Development: 4/5 stars
- Enjoyment: 4/5 stars
- Writing stile: 4/5 stars
- Funnyness: 3/5 stars
- Epicness: 2/5 stars
- Scaryness: 1/5 stars
- Smartness: 4/5 stars
- Addictiveness: 3/5 stars
- Plot twists: 1/5 stars
- Pace: 4/5 stars
- Storyline planning: 4/5 stars OR /5 negative
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Honestly I couldn't finish this book due to the blatant homophobia. Not only is the only gay character a host of stereotypes, but homophobia is also an accepted part of the society in which this character lives. If you, as an author, have the chance to create an entirely new world that need not obey any laws and social conventions of ours and you choose to include homophobia then you obviously believe that homophobia is the default state of society rather than a learned prejudice, and that's dis ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not A Full Book

The book as a standalone is annoying. I greatly dislike when a book does bout conclude a story and this book didn't conclude anything. The maroon characters have travelled only half way and the side characters are I'm complete limbo.
That said, this is a great beginning of a story. The characters are fun, if extremely stereotypical. The concept of this secret about the Champions being given away so quickly was a bit annoying, but seeing how many people actually know the secret make
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read with a bunch of misfit heroes on a quest to defeat the great Dragon Drak Noir - at least that is what they think. Every generation one hero is picked from each of the peoples (ogres, dwarves, elves and the two human kingdoms) to try to defeat Drak Noir. The current group include a wizard in training, a gay elf, a 700 pound female ogre, a lanky dwarf and a knight who has done some questionable things in the past. This first book in the tale tells how they are brought togethe ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining book. This is the first in a series of four books about a group of champions going off to kill a dragon to save the country from its evil attacks. Its the story of the group coming together as a team and learning each other's strengths and weaknesses and working to pull their strengths together to make a stronger team. It's about learning to give and take and to receive help when needed. All while going on an epic journey to fight a dragon to save their country.

A very quick, a
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars, rounded up because it's not that bad to be a 2.

When someone says a book is like Pratchett's Discworld, I have incredibly high expectations. I didn't realise just how high until I felt let down by the time we were introduced to all of the champions. I pressed on, hoping that the story and the characters will get better.

It was very much the same throughout the whole book.

The characters were fairly flat, 2-d, and I had no emotional connection to any of them. Brannon is awful and so is Wi
Tiffany Thomas
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected delight

This story has captivated me. I began reading it and the goofy, flawed characters made me literally laugh out loud. I could not put it down. The idea of such weak, simple-minded people being chosen to save the world reminded me of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and works by Jeff Wheeler but with wonderfully jarring notes in between. I was giddy reading this, and cannot wait to read more. My sincerest hopes that our anti-heros come out of this alive!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story

It's always nice to break from the norm of strong warriors and magicians to something that is filled with miss fits that will accomplish the task of well established hero. Reading the first book I was almost ready to put it down from the descriptions of a handful of goofballs. As the story built and finally ended, it held my interest. So, I will read on and see if it inspires me more.
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Michael was born during a blizzard in the late 70's. He grew up in the Northern NY Boonies. Luckily he had no cable TV, but he did possess the power to turn an ordinary stick into anything imaginable. He spent his first decade of life fighting monsters, aliens, and Sith lords. Having been unsuccessfully taught how to sit down, shut up, get in line, and raise his hand to pee, he quit school the fir ...more

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