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Drew Hayes
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May 12, 2014

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters?

In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade.

And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.

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Fun and realistic fantasy heroes

NPCs is a refreshingly different story in a fantasy world. There are several major reasons that this book is different.  The main characters start out as non-player characters AKA NPCs that live in a world as regular working joes that have to put up with the actions of fantasy heroes. They also become heroes that don't fit the fantasy stereotypes for their gender or race and instead based on their abilities or personalities. Finally, the story starts out as part of a role playing game being played by some bad role players and ran by a dungeon master that warns them that he is going to run a more realistic game.
I really enjoyed this book and not only found it refreshing but also fun and well-written. Yes, the characters start out at a very low level but learn quickly that even fighting low level monsters is not as easy as it is assumed. Winning isn't automatic and life has risks which when you are stupid includes dying poorly. I give it five out of five stars and recommend it to fantasy readers and fans of role playing games. 


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