How to Defeat a Demon King in 10 Easy Steps

I have to admit, I didn't have a lot of high hopes for this book - not because it didn't look interesting, but because it was very obviously a parody. It's making fun of something else, so I thought it would be more focused on the other thing, rather than on telling a good story.

I was wrong.

There is a fine line between making fun of something by implying it's not very good, and making fun of something by highlighting things about it that are repetitive, silly, or confusing. Parody is not necessarily about "look at how bad this other thing is" as it is about making something humorous based on something else.

This is as opposed to satire, which is specifically a critique of the thing you're writing about, such as Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal, which was a humorous and slightly disturbing critique of the English government's failure to feed (or pay) the people of Ireland.

So this book, by contrast, is all laughs, and I have to say that I enjoyed it thoroughly, as it pokes fun at one of my favorite game franchises: The Legend of Zelda.

For sheer wit, charm, and likable characters, I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It's definitely a keeper, and one I intend to read again in the future.

If you like RPGs, especially Legend of Zelda, and if you like relatively simple plots with interesting angles, I think you'd enjoy this one. It's much cleaner (as far as profanity goes) than Rogue Dungeon and its fellows, but it belongs in the same category, as it's defined as a "LitRPG."

According to, "LitRPG is a literary genre where games or game-like challenges form an essential part of the landscape."

Now that I think about it that way, that means I've read these before, too. When I was in high school, there was a book titled Heir Apparent that I vaguely remember as a story about a girl that's stuck in a video game she needs to win before she can escape.

So I guess I was already biased in favor of the genre. :)

#Review #LitRPG #YA

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