THE RINGS OF THE LORDS by Liam S. Blades. Book review

THE RINGS OF THE LORDS by Liam S. Blades, Liam S. Blades, p/b,
Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

Usually when I consider review material I like to know about the basic plot, the characters and background of the author before I decide to spend time reading. As Liam S Blades is a new author I felt interested in going through a comedy spoof novel rather than another Tolkienesque novel.

Liam’s debut novel is everything funny about the fantasy/epic genre and for me, Tolkien’s original novel made my late teenhood worth it even if The Rings of the Lords is a spoof, it was worth looking into.

Apparently the book’s preface also comes with a disclaimer. I was wondering if the author was trying to convince me this was so subversive a novel that he had to include the kind of material that I would be subjected to and might find questionable. So for anyone who likes comedy but might be offended by the rest, here’s a few of what I found; violence, use of drugs, alcohol, cross-dressing wizards, crossbreeds, cannibalism, torture, scenes of sex and domestic abuse, but one of my favourites was random use of video game references. I was waiting for those.

This world is split into different lands all ruled by races ripped straight from Tolkien’s universe; elves, orcs, men, goblins, dwarves, etc., but in this story, it seems stranger. The orcs are the ones to be avoided as the likelihood is that visitors will be raped, killed and eaten. The plot is of Lord Danmore’s attack on their land which alerts a wizard, Eldis Orlofius to gather a band of men of various races who want to delve into dangerous enemy territory, Marksforondonon. There are some strange place names and even stranger elf names, one being shitface spelled backwards.

Liam might come across as a new author. He tends to over explain scenarios but if we only had established authors it would be a very boring place.  There are drawbacks to this book though, the cover art isn’t as good as it could be and makes it look like an obvious independently published book. Liam’s reference to Amazon’s publishing with dodgy maps and inability to look professional when printed is as humorous as expected. This was something I noticed and overlooked as a book doesn’t need to be all singing and all dancing. I enjoyed The Rings of the Lords for its humour and shock ability. I wanted to know more on what code red means, why there’s a Captain Cock and Pie-Muncher-Jones who is known as the fattest man in town whichever town he’s in. Cock’s shipmate Jones Old Bugger Rancid likes to read his new book How to Skin a Rabbit Blindfolded Volume 2, and I don’t blame him.

As a Lord of the Rings spoof it adds all the things that Tolkien couldn’t include for obvious reasons.