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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Amazingly Avoidable Adventures of Hammerbang and Rice by Michael G. Temple is the first installment of the Precarious Chronicles series. With her unique gift of invisibility, Rice is the best cat burglar in the kingdom of Precarious. However, her hitherto unbroken record of successful burglary comes to a halt the night she tries to rob Hammerbang the wizard. He prevents Rice from pilfering her targeted object, a painting that also carries a powerful spell. Intent upon learning the secret of invisibility, he offers to assist Rice in her missions. Hammerbang’s potent spells help them dodge a few unwanted circumstances. The only downside is they also release various extra-dimensional monsters among the unsuspecting populace of Precarious. The duo must eliminate these fiendish side-products of their spells before proceeding further.
Amazingly Avoidable Adventures of Hammerbang and Rice is a quirky tale of magic, fantasy, and adventure. The hilarious names Michael G. Temple assigned to the cities and ports of Precarious made me laugh out loud. The odd pairing and the resultant good-natured bickering between Hammerbang and Rice kept the story amusing. Their never-ending escapades involving misshapen corpses, endlessly thirsty vampires, and scimitar-wielding bipedal wolves will mesmerize readers. Despite the plot-driven narrative, Temple’s portrayal of the characters made them endearing. I loved Rice’s determination to live life on her terms and Hammerbang’s reluctance to compromise his integrity at any cost. The book ended on a cliff-hanger that will make readers yearn for the sequel. I recommend this book to readers who appreciate the fantasy genre.