Son of a Liche continues Pike’s first novel, and delivers on the promise. This is what Terry Pratchett would write, if he played D&D and poked fun at the GFC.
What to Expect
The story starts about a year after the end of Orconomics. Pike weaves an excellent epic from multiple threads, building on events and characters introduced in the first book and building to a climatic finish (with just enough hooks — and a post-credits hidden scene — to lead up to the next book).
This time the undead are rising, while Andarun’s business and banking loot-economy are busy swapping Consolidated Threat Obligations. As the undead threat draws near, the economy collapses and the real heroes rise.
What I liked
I love Pike’s writing style (the best scene transitions seen in any fantasy novel!), the intelligent satire of the (real) Global Financial Crisis juxtaposed on a fantasy setting, and the way he builds up side-characters and small events that later have significant effects when they intersect with the main plot-line.
What to be aware of
This is a sequel, and while Pike provided an (online) recap of Orconomics, it is still best to read the books in order.
The book is marked as satire, and while humour plays a large part it is not the focus. This is epic fantasy at its best: not afraid to laugh at both fantasy tropes and real economics, while telling a large-scale fantasy adventure story.
This is an excellent novel, reminiscent of Pratchett’s work. Highly recommended to lovers of epic fantasy. If you liked the first book, you’ll love this sequel.