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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
There is only so much one can do with the traditional conventions of a fantasy party. Popular tropes include a mixture of warriors and mages, complemented by thieves and/or priests. "Party of Five" by author Vasileios Kalampakas manages to put a few twists that can make fantasy fans take notice. Each character in this fantasy novella is conventional enough to be familiar to fans of the genre, and distinct enough to be quite memorable. We have two highborn ladies with a certain penchant for violence, a bad stand-up comedian with a serious side, a thief who is susceptible to reality-altering drugs, a childish mage of uncertain prowess and, most importantly, a bunny with a wicked case of sore eyes. These unique characters must learn to work together to weather the events that come their way, with drastic and often humorous results.
The book was a fun read, one that transports the reader to a fast-paced world that features flying ships and fighting mushrooms. Fantasy should be all about letting one's imagination run amok, and Vasileios Kalampakas's novella is sure to take readers to a wild and enjoyable romp. It takes a certain form of creative insanity to be able to conceive such unique characters, and a certain flair for writing to be able to integrate their idiosyncrasies into a coherent storyline. The author pulls it off with such aplomb that the reader is left gasping for more. I for one will be looking forward to reading more about these characters.