Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted Series #1)

Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted Series #1)

by M. L. Forman


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Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted Series #1) by M. L. Forman

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . .

The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.

Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.

Alex becomes the eighth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red — and evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower.

Alex's adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606416815
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2011
Series: Adventurers Wanted Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 114,450
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 5.46(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

M. L. Forman was born and raised in Utah and now resides in the foothills of the western Rockies. Besides writing, his many other hobbies include fishing, camping, hiking, and almost anything that will allow him to enjoy the magic of nature.

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Alex moved to the bookshop door. He looked up and down Sildon Lane once more, but even the few people he had seen before were gone. Taking a deep breath, and considering how best to ask about the sign in the window, he pushed open the door and walked into the shop.
“Good afternoon,” said a happy voice as soon as the door had closed behind Alex. “Here to get an adventure, no doubt.”
Alex looked around the shop to see who had spoken. He spotted a short, round, balding man standing behind a dusty, book-covered counter.
“No, I—” Alex began.
“Thought you might like to try being an adventurer,” the man finished for him. “Excellent career choice I must say.”
“N-no,” Alex stammered. “I was just wondering—”
“Oh, not to worry,” the man interrupted again. “We don’t charge unless you’re completely happy with the adventure. And our prices are very reasonable. In fact, most adventures build the cost right in, so there’s no need for you to worry about payment at all.”
“Yes, but—”
“Come along then,” said the man with a laugh, turning away from the counter and walking toward the back of the shop. “We’ll just get some information and see what kind of adventure we can find for you.”
“I only wanted to ask about the sign,” Alex said in a rush, afraid the man would interrupt him again.
“Yes, it’s quite a good one, isn’t it?” the man replied, smiling fondly at the sign displayed in the window. “I’ve only just put it up today, and you’re the first one to notice it. Now, come along.”

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Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Fishy75 More than 1 year ago
I didn't appreciate the review that said this was just like "The hobbit" and that Forman broke all the Fantasy rules. In Fantasy there are dragons Dwarves elves etc.... I'm sorry but the Lord of the rings Tolkien did not make up those up. All Fantasy's have them. This is an Original story with awesome characters!!! I enjoyed this book more than I did any of the the Lord of the rings because of it's depth and right to the point simplicity writing style. I think some fantasy writers get way too much into detail that it makes it boring and it takes away from the story and the action. Ml Forman does a great job in pulling his audience into an adventure that is Magical! It's like watching a movie in my head!
Book-Dad More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old son is a reluctant reader. I acquired an advanced reading copy of Adventurer's Wanted: Slathbog's Gold and gave it to him. I thought the dragon on the front cover would peak his interest. It did! I was very pleased and shocked that it kept his interest. I kept waiting for him to get tired of the story or tell me that he didn't want to keep reading. But I only heard the opposite. He loved the adventure, the weapons, and the treasure-finding. The more he talked the more I realized this is a real boys book. There is no romance here. Just a band of eight adventurers, including a fifteen-year-old named Alex who is destined to be a true wizard on a quest to find and claim the enormous hoard of Slathbog the Red--a legendary evil dragon. Seriously, I think there is something in the male DNA intrinsic to treasure-hunting. And there's lots of treasure to be found in Slathbog's Gold. On several occasions, my son would tell me what the adventurers were finding: precious gems and gold ooins and true silver weapons. I would constantly have to tell him to turn off his light and go to bed and he'd reply with, "Okay, just let me finish this chapter with the troll or the bandits or wraiths or whatever exciting opponent he was fighting next and the treasure associated with it. Thank you, M.L. Forman, for writing a book that connected to a twelve-year-old boy. I knew when he chose reading this book over playing his video games, it was a winner.
TacoTK More than 1 year ago
This is a great solid story. From the first page i felt like i was in the book. A lot of action and a lot of friendship.
madragonlady More than 1 year ago
awesome the excitement just keeps going
CAREBEAR110 More than 1 year ago
i have had the book two times alredy so would highly recommended to all both girls and boys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've ever read. Very unique, very entertaining, and it is very creative. I HIGHLY reccommend this book to those that love fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont like this book it i beyond your cmprehention . This is one of the books i couldnt put down an will read over and over again. Everythin came alive. I had dreams evry nigt i read this sowing what happened like a movie. You should read it again when you are a couple years older nd your mind gets sharper. This book is wnderful. Mabet fantacy isnt your thing. Mabey you like other genras. If this is the case you should have gotten another book.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson Fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor walks by a bookshop one day and spots a small sign that says, "Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within." Inside he meets the talkative Mr. Clutter, who treats him as though he is on an interview for a great adventure. Alex was merely curious, but the next thing he knows, an elf and a dwarf are brought into the interview to ask him some more serious questions. The adventure? A quest through a portal to another world to faraway Varlo to kill the evil dragon Slathbog and seize his treasure. Alex isn't sure what he's gotten himself into, but he has always wanted a little adventure in his life. If you liked The Hobbit, you'll like Slathbog's Gold. It's practically the same premise, though for a younger audience. There are trolls, bandits, elves, and dwarves, as well as an Oracle and some creepy wraiths. I enjoyed that Forman created a unique set of rules all adventures must follow. My favorite magical item in the story was the adventurer's magic bag. Each owner chooses his or her own password. Inside, the bag is like a small apartment, though extra rooms can be added later if need arises. This is a fun book for anyone who loves adventures. I expect a long and enjoyable series from the new author. Recommended.
Alejocy More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It took me a little to pick up but after I pick the story I could not put the book down. Can't wait fir the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! I can't wait for the rest of the series1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hold's your attention and would be great in any library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now 14 after reading all 3 Adventurers Wanted books and desperately waiting for the 4th, and I think all 3 of the books were amazing and I cant imagine anyone saying different!!!!!!!!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woah woah woah! Im a 10 year old girl who likes dragons! This is not only a boy book woman! This is a book for girls who like dragons! Duh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book if you love dragons.
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
From an adult's perspective: 3 stars From a kid's perspective: 4 stars This is one of those books that doesn't really fit a rating model. Adults will probably find it fun, but annoying. Kids are likely to find it just plain fun. The fun:  * Elves, dwarves, wizards, and dragons. * Battles with trolls and visits with oracles. * Magical swords and hoards of treasure.  * Need I say more? This books bills itself as an epic fantasy, and it's just that. The annoying: * The main character: Alex is 15, but I found his way of speaking to be very grating. He speaks like a 50's bourgeois. Here's an example - "I shall pledge as Bregnest has. I will do as you ask." * The world: Forman does little to develop the world of this book. There aren't enough details to accurately picture the setting and most of the things we learn about the world is from Alex's questions. He constantly says, "What's that?" and "I don't understand" so that other characters can describe the world. Blah. * The plot: Ever heard of the Hobbit? This is the same book, just with different character names and more simplistic writing.  Even with all the annoying things, somehow I still enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to MG, YA, and adult readers who enjoy a good adventure, but not to readers who want to be immersed in a compelling story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blows your mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok you 1 Star giver!! You obviously can't appreciate this book and it's awesomness AND the fact it was a Truman Award nomine! (i know it's spelled wrong) So maybe you should read ALL the books and then think why Alex is the main character! One: He's the MAIN CHARACTER! Two: HE'S FREAKING AWESOME! Three: He's so "confused" because he never expected it! You'd be JUST THE SAME! So STOP TAPPING YOUR KEYBOARD AND GET READING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books iv read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best series that I hav ever read! I it is a must read.. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
M.L. Forman is a great author!!!! I am on book three in the series and i am hoping for more!!! This book would make a great movie. When i read it a movie plays in my head. M.L. Forman did a great job: detailed, but not enough that you can't have choice in how the book pllays out!!! I love the series and really would like to have more books after words in the series!!! I love M.L. Formans way of writing! He is a great author!!! Read the series. Its great and i am 12 i think it is a great read for all ages!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoyed the parallel between the good and evil. And the life lessons thatcan be learned even from a fairytale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this seires, how some people could give it bad reviews, I will never know. The characters are amazing and I feel like I'm right there experiencing it! I hope someday I can write like M.L Forman!
IBIM3 More than 1 year ago
This book is more than just an adventure book. It filled with people of great "honor". It teaches what it means to be "honorable" and how to be "honorable". The communication between the characters is very impressive. This book teaches about honor, communication, friendship and teamwork as well as respect for others, fairness to all and doing what is right. Of course, the adventure, the danger and the friendship made it most enjoyable too: magical swords, fire breathing dragon, the shadow of evil and fortune telling oracles.
Book_Keeper More than 1 year ago
Slathbog's Gold. Awesome cover, easy read, but unoriginal. Of course, I was expecting it to be unoriginal. I only bought the book because the description on the back cover sounded so much like 'The Hobbit' that I just had to see how much it was like it. Yes, it was very much like it storywise. I was almost laughing at all the similarities, and it was enjoyable to compare. The characters, though, were what I didn't like about it. I would have been fine with the rest of the book, but the characters were very bland and shallow. To me, characters will make or break a book, so they have to be well thought out and identifiable. The main character, Alex Taylor, was so clueless through the whole thing. He was always asking someone to explain something simple to him. Then the rest of the characters seemed to have only one personality trait about them, and there were a few of them that I forgot were even in the story until they suddenly popped up out of the blue. I wouldn't say this book is bad, since the writing was actually pretty good, but it didn't have a lot of substance. There was one scene I particularly enjoyed though, and that was the part with the wraiths. They should have been the main villains for this story, or at least should have had a larger part.