Orconomics: A Satire by J. Zachary Pike
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Brimming with swords, sorcery, and wit, Orconomics: A Satire introduces Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. For the licensed wizards and warriors of Arth, slaying and looting the forces of evil is just a job. The Heroes’ Guild has turned adventuring into a career, selling the rights to monsters’ hoards of treasure as investment opportunities. Corporations spend immense sums sponsoring heroes to undertake quests, betting they’ll reap the profits in plunder funds when the loot is divvied up.
Questing was all business for famous Dwarven berserker Gorm Ingerson, until a botched expedition wiped out his party, disgraced his name, and reduced him to a thieving vagabond. Twenty years later, a chance encounter sees Gorm forcibly recruited by a priest of a mad goddess to undertake a quest that has a reputation for getting heroes killed. But there’s more to Gorm’s new job than an insane prophecy; powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the job. Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity and win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago.
Promising fun, fantasy, and financial calamity, Orconomics: A Satire is the first book in The Dark Profit Saga, an economically epic trilogy.
J. Zachary Pike
In the world of Arth, The Heroes’ Guide has turned slaying and looting into the economy of the world. Now you can invest in different quests with the possibility of profit from the loot that may be claimed. This story is about Gorm. He went on a quest that ended badly and has been disgraced. But he is confronted by the Guild that gives him the option of go on a quest for a mad goddess or death. So, Gorm gets the rejects of all quest companions and is now trying to make the best of a crummy situation.
This is an amazing story! I love fantasy and when I saw this book I couldn’t wait to get reading it. This turns you normal fantasy quest on its head with a disgraced dwarf and a group of companions that are more likely to kill each other than work together.
I was laughing all through this book. From the farmer haggling over a reward for running off goblins to Noncombatant Paper Carriers (NPC) to protect them from injury from the agents of light. As a child that grew up around Dungeons and Dragons this book was perfect. I can’t wait to read other books from Pike.
I received Orconomics for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.