Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

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by A. Lee Martinez
     
 

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Witness the epic battle of the cyclops!

Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying.

Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare!

Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later.

On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon…  See more details below

Overview

Witness the epic battle of the cyclops!

Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying.

Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare!

Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later.

On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world. Or at least a state or two.

A minotaur girl, an all-American boy, a three-legged dog, and a classic car are on the road to adventure, where every exit leads to adventure. Whether they like it or not.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Helen's summer waitressing job at Magic Burger is cut short when her employer tries to sacrifice her to a lost god resembling a humanoid made of hamburger meat. When a handsome, multitalented coworker named Troy joins the fray, the god changes its plans and instead sends Helen and Troy on a quest to retrieve an unspecified number of artifacts for an unknown purpose. Although being a minotaur gives Helen some advantages in the modern world, she has little chance of winning Troy's affections. Accompanied by a three-legged dog and pursued by a motorcycle gang of orcs, Helen and Troy traverse a rarely traveled part of the American landscape, trusting destiny and the National Questing Bureau to guide their journey. VERDICT The author of Gil's All Fright Diner scores another winner with the zany adventures of a pair of intelligent, out-of-the-ordinary young adults in a world where humans and mythic creatures coexist. Martinez's full-blown comic talent places him in a category with Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett as a master of comedic fantasy.
Publishers Weekly
The ever-mercurial Martinez (Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain) offers up a sweetly charming, gleefully entertaining tale of two teens traveling across the country, one mythic encounter at a time. Helen Nicolaides, a young woman suffering from minotaurism (hooves, tail, cow head, and all), and her coworker Troy Kawakami, who’s almost distressingly normal, are cursed by the long-forgotten Lost God to collect certain items of power, or else. (“Because that’s the way it is,” the god explains when Helen protests that quests are “arbitrary” and “stupid.”) With a little help from the National Questing Bureau, they set off, dealing with sleeping dragons, hungry witches, and a combative cyclops while a murderous pack of orc bikers follows in hot pursuit. Martinez is a master at making the fantastic so mundane it’s fantastic again. While too many familiar mythical elements may occasionally encourage readers to skim, sympathetic characters and a fast-paced plot filled with magic and adventure build to a rousing success from an author who reinvents himself with every new release. (July)
Locus
"Divine Misfortune reads like a mash-up of Neil Gaiman, Monty Python, and a sugar-bombed nine-year old."
sfsignal.com
"Divine Misfortune is a light and wonderful read from start to finish."
The A.V. Club on The Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain
"It's a guilty pleasure without guilt, and simply a blast to read."
From the Publisher
"It's a guilty pleasure without guilt, and simply a blast to read."—The A.V. Club on The Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain"

Abundant, zany humor."—Publishers Weekly on Monster"

Divine Misfortune reads like a mash-up of Neil Gaiman, Monty Python, and a sugar-bombed nine-year old."—Locus"

Divine Misfortune is a light and wonderful read from start to finish."—sfsignal.com"

Sweetly charming, gleefully entertaining tale of two teens traveling across the country, one mythic encounter at a time... Martinez is a master at making the fantastic so mundane it's fantastic again."—Publishers Weekly"

Another winner with the zany adventures of a pair of intelligent, out-of-the-ordinary young adults in a world where humans and mythic creatures coexist. Martinez's full-blown comic talent places him in a category with Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett as a master of comedic fantasy."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316226448
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
187,423
File size:
908 KB

Meet the Author

A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself. For more information on the author, check out www.aleemartinez.com

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