Cryptofauna, Adventure Fantasy Book Review

Author Patrick Canning

This is the spoiler free review of Cryptofauna. If you would like to read about this grand adventure in detail please visit the spoiler full review here.

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cryptofauna had me in the first line: “Jim grabbed a can of root beer for his suicide.”

I knew this would not be just another run of the mill fantasy adventure novel and I was pleased with the result.

Canning spends the entire book giving us more of an introduction to Cyryptofauna than a history or narrative but this introduction has me very excited for the universe building that could occur.

Cryptofauna appears to be an ancient world wide game that is played with a dramatic back and forth between good and evil and is heavily monitored by Jinn and demi-gods alike.

Our protagonist, Jim the suicidal janitor, is the newest recruit to the game and he must pass three trials before he can become an official player. This novel gives us the three trials and a taste of the conflict that this game can have.

Although it is a good book on it’s own I do anticipate a sequel and I am excited to see how it plays out with all the introductions taken care of.

The characters are interesting and well developed. I have a sense for each of their unique personalities and oddball quirks. I especially appreciate how they all interact with each other.

Each group, no matter how the characters are rearranged, has a natural give and take with their dialogue and actions. I can fully picture every scene and hear each individual voice as it comes off of the page.

Canning has fun with language and there are times when this book made me laugh out loud. The way he describes things is priceless and Cryptofauna is worth buying for similes alone.

His descriptions are also creative and palpable. When the main monster is finally described in full I was completely disgusted and that’s a high compliment!

My main critique of the novel is that it struggles with rough transitions. On several occasions I was startled to find a character present whom I did not believe to be in that scene or confused about where the cast was in the settings.

The book is in such a hurry to get to the wild and crazy action that sometimes it forgets to tell us how we got there.

But the wild and crazy action is well worth a wee bit of confusion. Cryptofauna is a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes their adventures comedic and their action surreal.

4/5 carrots 🥕🥕🥕🥕

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