Book Review: Son of a Liche, by J. Zachary Pike

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.

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