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Reviewed by Corina B. Calsing for Readers' Favorite
Sean Gibson’s The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True tells the chronicle of Heloise the Bard. The story is really told from two perspectives, that of a distant third-person narrator who relates the story as it is supposed to be remembered, and Heloise in the first person, who makes sure the reader understands what actually happened. This is the story of a small band of adventurers -- an elf, a rock giant, a half-halfling/half-dwarf illusionist, and a “Ratarian” wizard -- who set out to slay a dragon that has been tormenting the town of Skendrick. Of course, in this adventure, all tropes are turned on their heads and nothing comes out quite as you would expect.
Sean Gibson does a good job of entering the genre of comedic RPG fantasy literature, and his prose makes it clear that he had fun writing this story. The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True reminded me a lot of other humorous takes on adventuring and fantasy stories I’ve read or seen, like Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett, “Rat Queens,” or -- in the realm of film -- "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." I think this book would definitely sit well with teenage readers who are getting into the genre. It is very accessible, and most teens would probably love all the vibrant and graphic descriptions of the various aromas in the story. They really stuck with me! There is also a pretty strong message about how there are two sides to every story and how the winners, not the losers, are the ones who write history.