Adventurers Wanted, Book 1: Slathbog's Gold
by M.L. Forman
“The beginning of an epic fantasy series.” — Library Journal
“Entertaining ... The series potential is limitless.” — Booklist
“A fantastic journey . . . The story reminded me of Eragon, yet the reading is easier and quicker. Highly enjoyable, fast-paced, and full of adventure.” — SciFiChick.com
Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . .
The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.
Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.
Alex becomes the eighth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red — and evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower.
Alex's adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.
Slathbog's Gold is the first book in an exciting new YA epic fantasy series and heralds the arrival of a major new talent in the genre.
“I loved this book because it has adventure, mystery, fantasy, and awesome action. And the people in it had really cool names. Once you finish you'll be like “ahhhh man, it ended, gosh dang it.” Adventurers Wanted will make your imagination cells tingle!” — Alex, 14
“I loved Adventurers Wanted, Slathbog's Gold! It was every bit as good as Eragon. It was one of those books that you can't stop reading, after the first page I was hooked! M.L. Forman really knows how to write. I loved the way that he used imagery to make the book seem alive. I like this book more than Harry Potter. It was easy to follow and really made me feel like I was in the book. I would like to see this as a series!” — Jordan, 14
“I like to play video games instead of reading. So I really didn't want to read this book but my dad said I had to try it. This book is sweet!!! I stayed up late for three nights like until 1:00 in the morning reading it. My mom kept telling me to go to bed, but I couldn't stop reading it. I can't wait until the next one.” — Steven, 12
“A great storyline that will make your adrenaline skyrocket! The characters and weapons we're awesome! Adventurers Wanted is VERY good!” — Chad, 15
By Lauren M., Submitted on 2016-06-17
My younger cousins and I read this book together, and had an enjoyable experience. It borrows heavily from the Hobbit and the Neverending Story. I usually would not recommend books like this, but my young cousin (age 9) found the "stripped down version of the Hobbit" an enjoyable read. It cuts straight to the magic and action. I would recommend for younger readers. Adults may feel like they have read a similar story before, but this is a great introduction to fantasy for younger readers. I'm interested to see what path this series takes.
By Keiko, Submitted on 2015-02-25
If I could give this book zero stars, I would have. I am absolutely astonished at the number of good reviews this book has received, and I can hardly believe it was published in the first place. It clearly and heavily borrows from the Hobbit/LOTR... and while I do not consider this to be an awful offense in and of itself, it retells the story in an entirely predictable way that completely lacks suspense or inventiveness. The author would even make statements by the main character before a possibly difficult encounter about knowing everything would work out. This dispelled all suspense and made the story drag. Elements were introduced into the story as if they had consequence, and then they were never developed or explained. My husband and three children (all voracious readers) found it to be a waste of time. My respect for the publisher dropped dramatically after reading this book.
By Malibu, Submitted on 2015-02-25
'Slathbog's Gold' is a very entertaining read. Three parts Tolkien, two part Rowling, and one part your old high school Friday night D&D game, 'Slathbog's Gold' covers all the bases you would expect from a mainstream fantasy novel and adds some new elements to surprise you.
Besides Dragons, trolls, bandits and wraiths there is a heavy emphasis on teamwork, loyalty and friendship. Given a predicament, the main character always worries about conducting himself with honor. He never behaves in a way that is less than heroic though he has plenty of opportunities to do so.
The main character is a young man (about 14, I believe) who answers an advertisement that draws him into a world of swords and sorcery from his hum-drum life working in a tavern for his stepfather (who, unlike the vast majority of literary step-parents, is refreshingly non-evil). If you are at all like me, you are a little wary of the whole 'chosen one' thing, but I am willing to forgive the author that cliche' in exchange for a great story with lots of action.
The only thing that really bugged me about 'Slathbog's Gold' was that I couldn't tell if the main character lived in contemporary times and was magically drawn to this land of enchantment upon answering the advertisement or if he lived in the nebulous 'dark ages' that most fantasy novels are set in.
'Slathbog's Gold' is in the Teen section. I believe the descriptor for the action in this case would be 'intense'. I'd say 'PG intense'. It isn't graphic, but stuff happens, like a troll getting a leg cut off. There is no romance- dang it! I'll just have to wait for later books in the series and hope.
By Evelyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is so much fun! The adventure was non-stop from start to finish! I cannot wait for another one to come out. I read it first myself, and then listened to the book on CD with my son. We found ourselves making excuses to go for a ride in the car, just so we could listen to the book! We would even get up and leave for school early, just so we had extra time to listen to it before it was time for him to go into school! It is a fun story for all ages!
By Becky, Submitted on 2015-02-25
M.L. Forman is going to give Brandon Mull and James Dashner a run for the best Young Adult series. Adventurers Wanted: Slathbog's Gold is indeed gold. Alex is a young man looking for a change in his life but little does he know how fast and unexpected that change will be. Forman starts the action right away and doesn't waste any time sucking you into the adventure. The ending is not what this veracious reader expected and it finished off just the way it started-full of excitement and wanting to turn the next page. Great debut novel for Forman and anxiously waiting the next book!!
By dylan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I couldn't stop reading, disobeyed my teacher to read it. I loved it! Once book 2 comes out I'm gonna give me 3 hours for me to read it and finish me.
By Jordann, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved it!!! I have read this book over ten times!!