By John David Anderson
pages – ages 9+
Will be published on June 23, 2015 by Walden Pond Press
The Dungeoneers is an action-packed, funny, and heartbreaking middle grade fantasy-adventure from the author of the acclaimed Sidekicked and Minion, John David Anderson.
In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town, but his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice: he can be punished for his thievery, or he can become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.
What I Thought- This was an awesome story set in a medieval time. I really liked Mr. Anderson’s superhuman/superhero books (Sidekicked and Minion), and this one wasn’t a disappointment. Mr. Anderson really knows how to immerse you into the story and not let you out. You get engaged with all of the characters and their stories. Mr. Anderson develops them so well, it makes you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. The fact that there is magic, but that it doesn’t play that major of a role in the story, is a refreshing change from all the magic-oriented stories out there. The idea of a “rogue” is fascinating and rather cool. Rogues are the dungeoneers that disable traps, pick locks, etc., but they also make great liars and thieves. Colm is a great kid (who happens to only have 9 fingers!), and you get sucked into his adventures learning to be a rogue. Thwodin’s Legions is a cool guild, and one I wouldn’t mind joining. The ending was solid and satisfying but I could see a sequel coming out of it, but apparently Mr. Anderson isn’t into writing series – too bad for us! I’ll just have to wait to read what his brain comes up with next! 😉 Another great book from Mr. Anderson!
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WHO IS THIS JOHN DAVID ANDERSON?!?
John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked and Minion. A dedicated root beer connoisseur in his spare time, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?!?
Awesome – check out this interview where Mr. Anderson interviews himself!
Dave Anderson Interviews John David Anderson –
Part one of a one-part series in which the author interviews himself to ask the hard-hitting questions that other interviewers thought were simply too obnoxious to ask.
DA (just staring)
DA: No. Nothing. I just never quite realized how handsome you were. Really, quite dashing in a frumpy, track-pants-wearing, unbrushed-hair kind of way. Did anyone ever tell you you look just like Tom Cruise circa 1994?
JDA: I get that a lot. I really liked him in that one movie. Where he punches people and all that stuff explodes.
DA: Yeah, that one was great. All right, let’s get started. So, Midwestern Authors Weekly recently ranked you number seven on its list of Indiana writers who drink too much Diet Coke. How does that make you feel?
JDA: Like I drink way too much Diet Coke, actually. Where was John Green?
DA: Number one.
JDA: Does he even drink Diet Coke?
DA: Does it really matter?
JDA: No. Probably not.
DA: Water is better for you, anyways. You should drink more water. And lose a little weight. And call your mother more often.
JDA: Diet Coke basically is water, if you think about it. Water and acid. And some other stuff I can’t pronounce.
DA: Speaking of acid—I love the opening of Sidekicked, where Drew is dangling above the pool waiting for The Titan to save him and Jenna is complaining about the health teacher and all that. Just curious, though—how deep was the pool?
JDA: How deep? Does that really matter?
DA: Well. I’m just thinking if I’m a supervillain, and I’m going to dunk a guy in a pool of acid, I want it to be at least eight feet deep so that he’s sure to go all the way under. I don’t want his head sticking out or anything. But some of these municipal pools, I’m not sure they go that deep.
JDA: I don’t think that really matters. It’s acid. Drew probably would have died from shock by the time it had dissolved his kneecaps.
JDA: I didn’t bring it up.
DA: Touché. All right. Tell us about your new book, The Dungeoneers.
JDA: Well, it has scorpions.
JDA: Well. One scorpion. But it’s really big.
DA: Does it have alligators?
JDA: No. No alligators.
DA: That’s kind of disappointing. Alligators are cool. Did you know that alligator eggs end up male or female based on temperature? If the egg is warm, it will be male. If it’s cool. Female.
JDA: Makes sense. Females are naturally cool. The Dungeoneers has two main female characters. A kick-butt, multi-weapon-wielding smart-mouthed barbarian named Lena, and a reticent, cuddly-nature-loving druid named Serene. It also has a stuttering mage and a wizard with rabbit ears and…
DA: Yeah, that’s good. I’m done talking about The Dungeoneers. Let’s move on. Let’s talk about what you’re working on write now.
JDA: Well. Right now I’m working on not punching you in the face.
DA: Why? Because I interrupted you in the middle of describing your new book? You know if you punch me, you’ll only be hurting yourself.
JDA: It worked in Fight Club.
DA: Wow. Great book.
JDA: Good movie, too.
DA: Not for kids, though.
JDA: Not like The Dungeoneers. Fun family entertainment for all ages, that one.
DA: Truth. If it’s all right, I’d like to read some questions that were sent to us through email. Hotcrossbuns44 writes, “Are you ever going to write a sequel to Catcher in the Rye?”
JDA: I didn’t write Catcher in the Rye. That was J.D. Salinger. The J. stood for Jerome.
DA: So the answer is no, then?
JDA: Yeah…I’m really not into that whole, write-a-sequel-to-a-book-you-never-actually-wrote-in-the-first-place thing. I’m really more of a write-a-book-that-will-never-be-turned-into-a-series-and-thus-will-never-make-you-a-millionaire kind of guy.
DA: Sucks for you. You probably should have called it Diary of a Dungeoneer and drawn some pictures of stick kids with spikey hair and stuff.
JDA: Now you tell me.
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