This book’s blurb didn’t sound very interesting, but I’m glad I went ahead with it anyway. Rather than a boring old fantasy quest adventure (yawn), we get a spider turned into a man (of sorts) who allows us to see the hypocrisy of the characters on the side of the Light. The spider, Nth or Enth (depending on whether he’s in spider or human form), is a creature of Darkness who gets dragged into Dion’s mission to defeat the Dark Lord. Dion, a priestess of the Light, would be an admirable character in any other book, but we rapidly see her flaws and the rigidity of her mindset here.
Parts of the book read as a kind of tongue-in-cheek spoof of the typical fantasy adventure, right down the title of the first chapter: Mirkwood Blues. Overall it has some very serious themes among the laughs, though, and I recommend it.
I read this for booklikes-opoly’s Adventureland 27 “Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the name ‘Tarzan’”. At 284 pages, that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my total to $80.