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A Song of Ice and Haddock is the second book in The Dogsbreath Histories. Keven Shevels continues to chronicle the history and exploits of the Dogsbreath family as Ivor the Dogsbreath takes center stage. Ivor encounters Colon the Barbarian on his way to the Dark Lord Cumquat. Colon needs a guide, and he is bent on killing the Dark Lord to avenge his brother, but Ivor wants nothing to do with it. However, a traveling tinker like Ivor, who has chronic halitosis and is penniless and bare-arsed, is likely to give in at some point. But they will not be alone in this crusade; they will be joined by an exciting host of characters that includes a vulgar dwarf and a gay elf.
Some fantasy stories are impressionable while others are memorable. A Song of Ice and Haddock falls into the latter type. For starters, it does remind you of the Monty Python films. Keven Shevels takes the campaign storyline to absurd levels to deliver a unique storyline that is both humorous and adventurous. The plot is reassuringly simple, yet the setbacks, challenges, and misadventures along the course of his characters' journey provide plenty of space for tension and laughs. Lampooning the absurdity of the quest in fantasy, he provides brilliant comic relief against the seriousness of their quest without compromising on the narrative cohesion. A Song of Ice and Haddock sustains the level of humor delivered by his first book The Haddock Flies at Midnight. This is a sure-fire entertaining fantasy that will delight many.