Stuff of Legends

Stuff of Legends

by Ian Gibson
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Stuff of Legends by Ian Gibson

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A true legend rescues maidens...pillages temples...and slaughters evil hordes...
But what does he do when all the fun is over?

When an annoyingly eager young man by the name of Eliott, his Elvish guardian, and a bard-for-hire magically drop into the life of former hero Jordan the Red, the aged warrior wants nothing to do with them. He's had enough of battling the world. But Eliott wants an adventure with the legendary, sword-swinging soldier of fortune-and this hero is about to be forced out of retirement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441019304
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ian Gibson is a Canadian author with a background in theater. In his day job, he works the box office, where he is inspired by the constant hum of the best contemporary and classical dialogue. He has played Hamlet, and heard Beowulf performed in the original Old English. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife Rachel. His debut novel, Stuff of Legends, was a finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

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Stuff of Legends 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a world where magic exists, the leading form of entertainment comes from the traveling bards who sing about the adventures of heroes; courtesy of Central Casting. The most cherished champion throughout civilization is the incredible Jordan the Red who remains the best of the best even though he vanished two decades ago. Although no one seems to know where he is, people still love hearing his tales of daring do. Jordon hopes to remain is hiding as he retired years ago. Unfortunately Eliot obsessively wants to meet his hero in order to join him on an adventure. His former Elfish babysitter Kess gives him a braid with strings of wishes. Jordan's former agent sends the bard Cyral to chronicle Jordan's comeback escapade. They all converge on Jordan who insists he is retired with no plans of a farewell tour. When an enemy of the reluctant retired hero abducts Elliot Jordan sighs because he knows he must intercede. From there his life goes catastrophic as all the enemies he defeated in his first heroic run have formed a gauntlet to kill Jordan. If he survives the horde, he next faces the dragon he once fought. Stuff of Legends is a refreshing amusing fantasy in which the star is told to follow the script while his foes ignore the plot. However, the adventures are real so the hero can die (like John Wayne at the Alamo). Jordon was the best and has no desire to prove he still is until his agent lures him out of retirement the sleazy way. Although some of the jocularity fails to feel funny, fans of Robert Aspirin's Myth-adventures and early Xanth will enjoy the lampooning of quest fantasies as with Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero comes to mind, but what happens after hours. Harriet Klausner
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