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Mid-Lich Crisis


Mid-Lich Crisis
Written by: Steve Thomas
Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
Genres: Humorous | High / Epic Fantasy | Fantasy
Published: 22nd of August, 2020
Length: 8 Hours 30 Minutes

 

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Description
An evil wizard has a midlife crisis.

Is trying to sacrifice your estranged wife to a bloodthirsty demon an irredeemable act of evil? This is the sort of question the Dread Wizard Darruk Darkbringer struggles with. After being called evil one too many times, Darruk sets off to find a new purpose in his life and become a beloved celebrity. Can a dark wizard come to terms with himself and prove to the world that a few atrocities don’t define who he is? You’ll feel guilty for laughing at his twisted tale of self-discovery.

 

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Reviewed: 2021-06-20

Save the World or Die Trying (Repeatedly)

Mid-Lich Crisis, written by Steve Thomas, is a tale of a Darruk, a lich (basically an undead mage) with a single, somewhat noble pursuit of saving the world through any means necessary. Unfortunately, he's constantly thwarted at every opportunity by his arch-nemesis, a barbarian intent on repeatedly killing Darruk.

This was an enjoyable story, maybe not as funny as I thought it was going to be but a good listen overall. Darruk, our long-suffering anti-hero, dies multiple times throughout the story as he desperately tries to avert the coming of "the Doomclap". An impending extinction even of a large asteroid smashing into the planet.

Brought back to life after each death (I don't think I've ever heard the word "phylactery" said more times in a single book) and equally scorned and watched over by his Kobold familiar, he needs a change. Try as he might, though, nobody wants to believe him. Not his (sacrificial) wife, not the peasants in the town, nobody. Even after deciding a change from evil to good is in order, things still do not go his way.

Narration by C.J. McAllister was solid, with no detectable errors or issues to pull me out of the story. McAllister is easy to listen to with good cadence, and the audio polished. He delivered enough variation in the voices to keep everyone straight.



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Overall, the story and pacing were fine. No specific areas dragging, but none to mention that shone out above the others. A decent story, yet not one I'd be rushing to play again in the near future. Would I listen to further adventures by Darruk? Yes, I think so.

 

 

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