Thaddeus White’s comedic Fantasy The Adventures of Sir Edric contains two stories: Sir Edric’s Temple and the sequel, Sir Edric’s Treasure. The first tale introduces us to Sir Edric, reputedly a hero, as his king despatches him on an apparently suicidal mission. Accompanied by Dog, his alarmingly capable manservant, and an elven sorceress sent by king to prevent him running away, Sir Edric bumbles from one bad decision to the next while somehow surviving by luck, blind chance, and more than a little help from his companions. The story is entertaining, full of surreal humour, is a rip-roaring adventure. Sir Edric’s rather forthright views on women, elves, and running away from battle paint a vivid picture of the protagonist, and Sir Edric has enough redeeming features to keep him interesting and the reader rooting for his success.
Sir Edric’s Treasure follows on from its predecessor, and although it is still entertaining and humourous, it felt a little forced as though the author was simply running through the motions and following the standard quest plot. It is, despite this, an entertaining read, but I felt it didn’t quite build on the first story as much as I would have liked. It seemed a little formulaic in places, but the humour was enough to keep me engaged, and overall this was a very enjoyable read.
If you are looking for an entertaining comedy then The Adventures of Sir Edric is a great choice, and well worth reading.