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I loved this entire series. It was full of adventure, mysterious creatures, and a young adventurer who was on a quest to change his life. I would definitely recommend this for middle-level readers or adults who enjoy a good quest!
 
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FlowerBrookCottage | 5 andra recensioner | May 8, 2024 |
I loved this entire series. It was full of adventure, mysterious creatures, and a young adventurer who was on a quest to change his life. I would definitely recommend this for middle-level readers or adults who enjoy a good quest!
 
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FlowerBrookCottage | 2 andra recensioner | May 8, 2024 |
I loved this entire series. It was full of adventure, mysterious creatures, and a young adventurer who was on a quest to change his life. I would definitely recommend this for middle-level readers or adults who enjoy a good quest!
 
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FlowerBrookCottage | 2 andra recensioner | May 8, 2024 |
I loved this entire series. It was full of adventure, mysterious creatures, and a young adventurer who was on a quest to change his life. I would definitely recommend this for middle-level readers or adults who enjoy a good quest!
 
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FlowerBrookCottage | May 8, 2024 |
I loved this entire series. It was full of adventure, mysterious creatures, and a young adventurer who was on a quest to change his life. I would definitely recommend this for middle-level readers or adults who enjoy a good quest!
 
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FlowerBrookCottage | May 8, 2024 |
Not as good as it could be. Oh the wasted possibilities! sigh
At this rate the only way to finish things off is for Alex to die in the end. Ah well.
On that note, there's 4 bags to go. Hm. Not sure there's enough evil to go around if 1 bag= 1 book. He may as well turn out to be a god...

Same problems as previous books. Small improvement in writing style.
 
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QuirkyCat_13 | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 20, 2022 |
It's somewhat bland at first but it does get a little better.

...If only all those familiar things didn't stand out so much. The whole time it felt like Bilbo, then there were some Frodo moments mixed in. Can't honestly say that it's bad.

The story is pretty interesting but execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Author's attitude towards kids is irritating. Yes, kids are young ... but they AREN'T stupid!
 
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QuirkyCat_13 | 9 andra recensioner | Jun 20, 2022 |
Obviously written for young audience.
Read: Author seems to treat kids like they are stupid.

The story is interesting but writing is not improved.
 
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QuirkyCat_13 | 5 andra recensioner | Jun 20, 2022 |
An interesting tale. And yet the next book I shall not read.

Too often have I found myself thinking "I'm not an idiot!" during this one. Maybe it's because I'm older, but I really doubt it. Kids hate to be thought of as inferior and they tend to carry a grudge towards those who do. Such is the case here. I understand the necessity of simple language, but the repetitiveness is exhausting and irritating.

It's nice enough. Alex has grown as a character. But the writing style has regressed, unfortunately.
 
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QuirkyCat_13 | 2 andra recensioner | Jun 20, 2022 |
A great sequel to the first book in the series, the writing has gotten much better to digest (it feels less geared towards younger children) and we follow Alex on yet another exciting adventure, but this time he's more comfortable in his own skin. He's had wizard training, he's got one grand adventure under his belt, and he is just now opening his eyes to his potential. We meet many new and interesting characters on this new adventure and I like how it is now steering away from the similarities of The Hobbit that we saw in the first book.

Would definitely recommend if you liked the first book!
 
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Mithra_Azad | 5 andra recensioner | Jul 1, 2021 |
This was an amazing book, and conclusion to the Adventurers Wanted series. Like any last-book in a series, I went in feeling a little anxious about whether I would like the conclusion the author chose. I definitely loved this ending. this book captured so many feelings from Alex, and we can definitely see his growth in the series in this final book. I would recommend this book and this series to any adventure and fantasy lovers out there, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
 
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Mithra_Azad | 2 andra recensioner | Mar 26, 2021 |
reminded me of the Hobbit, was a great read, and would recommend to all adventure lovers out there~
 
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Mithra_Azad | 9 andra recensioner | Mar 26, 2021 |
Wow. I would not typically recommend reading the last book in a series. Yet, this is what I did. However, it was like I had been following along since the being. This is how easy the reading was and the fact that I was able to connect to the characters and the story. As I was reading this book I could not help but feel a little influence of The Sword and the Stone as well as The Hobbit.

The world that this series takes place in is magical. Yet, the true star is Alex. While, he may be young, he is brave and smart. There was a point in the story where Alex had to travel on his own but he was up for the challenge. Than when it came time for him to face Jabez, he did so with everything that he had. A fitting conclusion to this series. You could say that I was transported to another world. This is the best part of books. I plan to go back and read books one through four. Although, I will not be alone as I will be introducing my nephews to this series as well.
 
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Cherylk | 2 andra recensioner | Sep 30, 2017 |
A coming of age story with enough new ideas to make it interesting. That said, there are a few things to be aware of. It's basically The Hobbit plus a little Dungeons and Dragons. It draws heavily on Tolkien's the Hobbit. There are a lot of parallels. Also, it's written in a similarly overly verbose "ye olde bedtime story" style. From D&D we get Adventurer's being a recognized profession and the bag of holding.

The last thing that annoyed me was that the protagonist did almost everything by accident. He was still roundly praised for his "heroism", though. And despite all the talk of power being a responsibility and having a cost, there was no absolutely no cost for our hero. Everything came extremely easy to him and he never had to struggle even once. I'm much more relaxed about Mary Sue characters than I used to be, but it's still disappointing when they're taken to the extreme.

With all that said, if you're okay with the style of prose and the idea that you won't be treading much new territory, this can be a fun read. Just go into it with the proper expectations and you'll do fine.
 
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oswallt | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2016 |
More over the top. Less interested in what happens next than I was after the first book. I'll still probably read the next one.
 
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oswallt | 5 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2016 |
I loved this book. It is a simple read but such fun. It is a D&D type adventure at its finest no serious plot twists, just a straight forward adventure story.
 
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morandia | 3 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. I was looking for a light read and this was perfect. It takes me back to my D&D days. It is a simple, straight forward adventure and was great fun to read. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book.
 
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morandia | 9 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2014 |
I loved this book. It is a simple read but such fun. It is a D&D type adventure at its finest no serious plot twists, just a straight forward adventure story.
 
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morandia | 5 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2014 |
Another delightful adventure. It is a light and fun read with great characters and monsters. I hope there will be many more to come!
 
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morandia | 2 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2014 |
Great installment in the series. Cant wait for more.
 
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BookLoversLife | 3 andra recensioner | Apr 24, 2014 |
Liked it, its more suited for younger readers. My son really enjoyed it. Thought there could of been more action though.
 
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BookLoversLife | 9 andra recensioner | Apr 24, 2014 |
Posted to my Livejournal in January 2009:

This is one of those rare books that I enjoyed the hell out of even as I recognized one clich̩ after another and disparaged over the amateurish writing. (It's never a good sign when the author has the main character look into a mirror or window and reflect on his or her own appearance, which in my opinion is an unforgivable cheat.) Alex sees a sign in a shop window -- Adventurer's Wanted: Apply Within -- and he's intrigued enough to go inside. The shop owner soon steamrolls Alex into his first adventure, making him fill out an application and then sending him off to become the eighth member of a party journeying to the dragon Slathbog's lair, where they will defeat the evil dragon and get hordes of treasure. This adventure plays out very much like a beginner's game of Dungeons and Dragons, with the reader playing the role of Alex. I think this premise is kind of cool and could have been so much more then it was: it could have been a parody of genre conventions, or at least a book that was a little more winky-winky self-aware of just how much it "borrowed" from other well-known fantasy authors, Tolkein being the main one. Parts of the plot felt almost directly lifted from LotR. Though I will admit many of the details of how the "adventuring" job works, including the laws in the Adventurer's Handbook that govern the group, including things like the division of treasure among the group members and how long to look for comrades who go missing before you can continue adventuring, are an entertaining re-mix of the laws that govern RPGs. While the characters are by and large stock types -- the elf, the dwarf, etc. -- the camaraderie among the group as a whole made it work. The fantasy world Alex is sent to is a kind of basic setting that would provide a decent basis for lots of adventures, again, kind of like a game environment in WoW or something. In this alternate plane, time passes differently: even if Alex gets old adventuring in this world, when he returns to home, he'll be the same age he was, and when he starts his next adventure, he can choose to be any age he was on a previous one. (Maybe I think too much, but I have major logistical problems with this premise, not the least of which is that Alex will one day be the most precocious kid ever, having lived several adulthoods in the other world; and the idea that Alex can basically live forever this way.) But what really annoyed me about this book was Alex himself -- it is impossible for one character to be so perfect, have so many things go right without effort, be the source of so many prophecies, and be so continually humble about it (half the book is people praising Alex for the amazing, miraculous things he does accidentally or without any effort). He is a Mary Sue. Period. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. Go figure. It was satisfying in that weird way some fanfiction is satisfying, where nothing really goes wrong and the characters are all agreeable and/or perfect and even when someone is hurt you know the main character will suddenly have amazing healing powers or whatever. I'll read the second one, if only to find out how this premise continues to play out.
 
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Crowinator | 9 andra recensioner | Sep 23, 2013 |
Adventure fantasy for young adults. elves, weapons, and main character is hero.
 
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ClareB | 9 andra recensioner | Jul 30, 2012 |
By far my favorite of the series so far! I was totally surprised by the end. I didn't think Alex could get anymore interesting or have anymore twists, but I was wrong. I highly recommend this book for those that read the Percy Jackson series or the Fablehaven series.
 
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tanisha364 | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 6, 2012 |
Really liked the premise. A present day teen is walking past a storefront and sees a sign that says "Adventurer's Wanted - Apply Within" and is curious to find out what it means. Turns out, you can only SEE the sign if you have a certain amount of magical ability and he is whisked off to another world on an adventure with elves, dwarves, trolls and the like. The characters are well developed and the companionship works well. The only drawback is that every time the group enters a new city or kingdom, EVERYBODY is so nice and cheerful and helpful and "Here have a feast in your honor." The few times they actually do meet up with adversaries, the action is so quick you barely have time to "feel" the danger before it's all over. Even the fatefull meeting with the dragon, Slathbog, at the end of the book... you know, "the big finish" is only about a page or a page and a half long. With all that in mind, it is probably meant for younger readers, perhaps 4th through 7th graders.
Despite its over cheeriness I still liked it and those younger readers will LOVE it! I almost gave it 3 stars for MY personal tastes, but the extra star is for the parent approval rating :)
 
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CoreyHolst | 9 andra recensioner | May 4, 2012 |