Orconomics, Zachary Pike – Book Review


25326486Brimming with swords, sorcery, and wit, Orconomics: A Satire introduces Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. For the licensed wizards and warriors of Arth, slaying and looting the forces of evil is just a job. The Heroes’ Guild has turned adventuring into a career, selling the rights to monsters’ hoards of treasure as investment opportunities. Corporations spend immense sums sponsoring heroes to undertake quests, betting they’ll reap the profits in plunder funds when the loot is divvied up.

Questing was all business for famous Dwarven berserker Gorm Ingerson, until a botched expedition wiped out his party, disgraced his name, and reduced him to a thieving vagabond. Twenty years later, a chance encounter sees Gorm forcibly recruited by a priest of a mad goddess to undertake a quest that has a reputation for getting heroes killed. But there’s more to Gorm’s new job than an insane prophecy; powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the job. Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity and win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago.

Promising fun, fantasy, and financial calamity, Orconomics: A Satire is the first book in The Dark Profit Saga, an economically epic trilogy.


*Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

There’s many things about this book that first grabbed my attention – the unusual name, the cover and the description. Looking at this story, I was sure that it was going to be an interesting read, to say the least. And, I am so pleased that it in fact was an amazing read.

I really, really loved this story. The plot, the characters, the setting, it’s also stupendous in this story. It is, without a doubt, one of the awesomest adventure reads I’ve read so far. It’s the story of a band of misfit heroes who come together (read as forced together through blackmail, bribery etc etc) to embark upon a quest for an unlucky Goddess. In a world where being a hero is a profession, these people are on a quest to fulfill a prophecy for the Seventh Hero who is supposed to save the world.

Yes, interesting shit, like I said. Of course, the plot is really very interesting, but the writing brings something extra to an already amazing plot and makes it even better. The flow of the story, the use of vocabulary, the settings and the dialogue in this are amazing. All in all, phenomenal writing. I really liked it.

The characters, as described are a band of misfits. And, where there is a band of misfits, there’s gonna be humor. So, of course it’s hilarious to a fault. You end up laughing every few minutes. The characters are so sarcastic and their one liners are awesome. Especially Gorm. His personality is a – mazing. He’s got an opinion on everything and he isn’t afraid to voice it. Voice it, he does but in a truly flattering and hilarious way. I love it!

All in all, this was one interesting read and I definitely recommend this book to all fantasy buffs out there! Go read!





J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. By day Zack is a web professional and creative-for-hire, but at night he returns to his lair to create books, films, and illustrations that meld fantasy elements with offbeat humor. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, Zack writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.


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