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LitStack Review: Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez

Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest A. Lee Martinez Orbit ISBN-10: 0316226432 Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across […]

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Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest Martinez_HelenandTroy-TP-200x300
A. Lee Martinez
Orbit
ISBN-10: 0316226432

Witness the epic battle of the cyclops!

Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying.

Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare!

Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later.

On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn’t kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don’t catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world. Or at least a state or two.

A minotaur girl, an all-American boy, a three-legged dog, and a classic car are on the road to adventure, where every exit leads to adventure. Whether they like it or not.

 

Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest is your typical Girl Meets Boy story.

Except the girl is a minotaur, and the boy is an Asian Adonis. And they knew each other at the beginning. And there is a hamburger god and a biker gang of orcs and the minotaur (Helen) and  the Asian Adonis (Troy) have to go on a quest to save the world.

Okay, so it’s not that typical.

What it is is a lighthearted and irreverent romp through myth, some old and well known, and some new to Martinez’ world.

The main character, Helen, is well rounded, likeable, and ultimately believable (which is no small feat for a minotaur–I mean, Enchanted American). The other characters, especially the perfectly-perfect-even-if-he’s-not-actually-a-god Troy, are somewhat less so. The band of orcs seem to exist for comic relief, but that’s not even necessary, as the entire story is amusing, quick, and easy. No one really knows why the National Questing Bureau exists.

While a few turns in the road are fairly predictable if you’re at all familiar with mythology, the fun lies in learning how Helen and Troy are going to get out of each conundrum, which zany take on legend they’re going to run into next, and, most importantly, how they’re going to avoid destroying the world and/or getting killed. Martinez manages to both mock and pay homage to epic fantasy and mythology, all while providing an amusing lesson on believing in yourself.

Overall, Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest is a fun, tongue-in-cheek journey through legend, and an easy, take-your-cares-away read.