Horror! Adventure! People getting slapped with fish!
Nineteen-year-old peasant Ebb wants nothing more out of life than to go fishing early in the morning and then sleep through the other 75% of the day. Her routine is disturbed when she catches the immortal talking Omnifish on the same morning that King Crust III is found murdered, brutally fish-slapped to death in his bedroom. The throne is claimed by the scheming Lady Tuskborn, who is also known as the Walrus Witch for her devotion to the ancient walrus god Walros, and Ebb finds herself dragged into the Walrus Witch’s conspiracy when she is falsely accused of regicide.
Accompanied by King Crust’s daughter Paistra and the serial adventurer Yawp the Barbarian, Ebb must journey through the kingdom of Drownvale as an outlaw to unravel the mystery of the Omnifish and her apparent significance as something called the ‘Fishlass.’ To face the assassins, cultists, and monsters that mean to see her dead, Ebb wields the only weapon she has- the Omnifish itself.
Reign of the Walrus Witch was a fun read, full of groan-worthy puns. I even laughed out loud at one of them (Detrite – The Rotor City…HA!). Even though it was packed full of good and bad puns, which I thoroughly enjoy, it had some issues. Was it enough to save the whole of the book? Sort of.
The grammar in the book was in need of attention too. There were a lot of typographical errors. One character in particular, I didn’t really know if it was a male or female, as it switched from ‘he’ to ‘she’ often.
3.25 of 5 Stars (Rounds to 3)