Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword

Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword

by Melanie Hatfield

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BN ID: 2940014679046
Publisher: Melanie Hatfield
Publication date: 06/29/2012
Series: Kingdom of the Snark , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 844 KB

About the Author

Melanie Hatfield originally hails from Kansas City, MO, where she grew up watching too much television. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of writing sitcoms, only to have that dream crushed like so much glass at Jewish weddings. While she struggled, she developed kick-ass writing skills and wrote her first novel, “Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword,” to incorporate her two favorite genres of comedy and fantasy. She is currently working on more snarky stories to publish in the months ahead. If you want to learn more about Melanie Hatfield, you can visit her website at

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Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the first book in a trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it! Renee the Righteous is a character I wasn't sure I liked or not. One moment I wanted to slap her, the next I was cheering her on! She is shockingly self-absorbed, even arrogant to the point of rudeness; no wonder she has very little in the way of friends. She sees people as total idiots and not worth her attention, that is until she needs to find someone to help her find and claim the "Sword of Power". When she meets Guy Smokes, a young barkeep with dreams of owning his own pub, she gets him to agree to help her. Guy Smokes is actually a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is gentle and kind. I don't know if it was his naivety of the world (he had only ever been in Mudville), or he had been affected by the family business of being "weedmen" (yes, it's what it sounds like), but when he agreed in helping Renee, I wanted shake him and ask what he thought he was doing! Nevertheless, he doesn't realise what he's gotten himself into. But he soon finds out! This story is very difficult to review without giving out any spoilers, but I will do my best. It is told in the fashion of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy; I was hooked from the first page. However, I felt like a rabbit or deer, caught in the headlights of a car which is heading in my direction - completely transfixed. It is a highly entertaining read, with lots of humour and laugh out loud, witty events and comments. However, it also made me cringe with the dark humour that also dotted the story. There are so many different characters I lost count, from fairies to trolls, dwarves, unicorns and even a dragon. However, the most scariest characters were the lustful nun assassins! Nuns' and assassins are two words you don't normally see together in a sentence, but the author has combined them to create a group of religious zealots who will attack and abuse unwary men and force them to have "relations" with them. I was like, "huh?", but they actually were much more terrifying than any dragon I have come across. I certainly wouldn't like to meet these nuns! If I ever had the misfortune to travel to Quaal, I would hightail it out of there faster than the speed of light! I would suggest you do the same. Unless, of course, you want to be ravaged by nun assassins that is! There are plenty of sword fights, danger and action, with several twists and turns to keep it interesting. Lord Asher Dark is a rather pathetic villain in my opinion. He is incredibly narcissistic. In fact, he and Renee would have made an interesting romantic match. I found myself putting the book down whenever there was an eye-rolling moment, which was often, but I would quickly pick it back up again to find out what was happening next. What really got to me was Guy's friendship of Renee. Even when she was being a total donkey's bottom to him, he stayed. He is a truly good man, with a huge heart and a tonne of loyalty; I wish he was my friend! When I reached the end of the book, I was slightly devastated, but I am looking forward to continuing the trilogy and reading the second book, An Affair with Wizards when it is released. Melanie Hatfield has written a fast paced, entertaining and humorous read that had me giggling and smiling from ear to ear. I love her writing style, which is full of wit and snarky comments, and the flow was wonderful. As this is her debut novel, which combines her love of comedy and fantasy, I can't wait to see what else she comes up with. Although there is mention of ravishing and other sexual situations, there is nothing explicit. There is also mention of fighting and violence, but it is not gory. Therefore, I recommend this book to readers from the age of 15 upwards and to readers who love humourous fantasy like or similar to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. - Lynn Worton
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Kingdom of the Snark is unlike anything I have read, but is a cross of many things I enjoy. First off, props to the author because the editing was near flawless, and I notice things like that. It was fast paced and easy to get caught up in, and I kept wanting to read more. I liked the characters and found it to be genuinely funny (I don’t usually read comedic books—this was a first for me). I was never bored for a minute and found myself invested in the characters’ plight. Which brings me to the ending…I don’t like when books end in the middle of the action like this one does; I need resolution even in a book that is part of a series. I know some people don’t mind this, but it is a big thing for me. So this is the only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, and I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens!!
AngellaGraff More than 1 year ago
I was immediately intrigued by this book from the title and book cover. Snark is a great word, underused, and has a sort of Lewis Carroll ring to it. I immediately wanted to know what the Snark was, and explore its kingdom! The book cover has that old Renaissance demon feel to it, like the creepy old gargoyles lining the cathedrals in Paris, and those old paintings depicting the devil and his minions with rolling eyes and lolling tongues. The book itself is a sort of sword-and-board style fantasy book, and as the author describes herself, "told in the style of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Reading that I was ready to assume a lot of humor would be added into the story, and the narrator would possess their own type of personality. The book was a very decent size, which was great because a lot of books in that genre tend to be extremely long, full of unnecessary details that don't pertain to the plot. The story was funny, but at times I felt the humor was a little forced and strained. Still, the characters were great, all very distinct, even the characters you don't see much throughout the book, had their own unique personalities. The writing was a bit sophomoric at times, making me feel like I was reading a middle-grade fiction, but then you'd get to parts like the creepy nuns and believe me I wouldn't want my twelve year old reading stuff like that. Hatfield definitely has some talent, though, and I'm definitely interested in checking out her other books. I'm grading the book around a 3.8 in stars, rounding up to a 4 for rating's sake, because she has a good story here, and I think it would definitely appeal to fans of both Douglas Adams and sword-and-board fantasy readers.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
Okay, you’d have to be totally devoid of any sense of humor or dead in order not to laugh out loud as you read “Kingdom of the Snark” by Melanie Hatfield. This book had some of the best one-liners I’ve seen anywhere. (Also a warning, don’t read in public places if you don’t want people looking at you funny when you laugh out loud.) It is the story of a girl, Renee, who goes on her special version of the hero quest, and meets many interesting characters (and challenges) along the way. Highly entertaining and I’d definitely recommend for people who want something on the humorous side, but also with an engaging adventure.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Pure unexpected awesomeness! There’s NOTHING worse than reading a book that tries to be funny (or punny) and fails. Well, this sure wasn’t the case here! I’m pretty jaded with these types of books cause I’ve read so many, but I was genuinely impressed with the way that the author created a sort of parallel comedy world to one that felt familiar, and gave it a bitingly sarcastic twist. But at the same time there was a great storyline and you want to see how it will all turn out. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next one, especially because it leaves us right in the middle of a climax moment! Ahhhh!!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so funny, but actually had an interesting plot also! The tone was light and, as you can guess, very snarky. But not in an overly obnoxious way. More like a clever satire that made me chuckle throughout. Right off the bat I felt like I was in a Mel Brooks movie, and I could totally see this book being a movie as well! Kind of a medieval version of Spaceballs or Robin Hood Men in Tights. Clever and well-written. An enjoyable read.