Max & The Captain: The Evil Scribe by Michael Evan and JMD Reid
Max & the Captain: The Evil Scribe is the second book of this slightly bonkers but awesome panda-infused trilogy.
The Captain thinks life has finally settled, after the earlier mishap with his girlfriend disappearing and a weird pair of shoes talking to him (Listen, this totally makes sense. Trust me. You only need to read the first book). Life is good, and marriage is on the horizon. Well, at least until Amber is written out of his story by the Evil Scribe.
The Captain finds out his world isn’t quite real, but instead, a book written by two bearded authors. Yet, it’s none of them who made Amber disappear. The Evil Scribe is someone else entirely, and this villain is turning his life into a game… quite literally.
So, in comes the GameLit. And omg, it is hilarious! The Captain and Max will need to complete quests and gather a party of adventurers if they ever want to bring Amber back into existence. I loved how this progressed, along with the references to WoW and gaming in general. As a gamer myself, I really enjoyed these segments.
The action is exciting, the humour is on point, and the characters are fantastic. I loved every bit of this book.
But most importantly, as with Evan’s and Reid’s other books, they incorporate more into their work, something that gives a deeper meaning to whatever silly quest their characters are sent out to complete. In this book, it is all about the journey and not letting the final goal crush your confidence. One need only focus on one step at a time.
“One step at a time.” Robert smiled. “That’s how you build anything. Just one step. Then the next, and the next. Don’t worry about the immensity of it, worry about the small part you’re working on now. You do that, and you’ll get there in the end.”
Max & the Captain: The Evil Scribe is a quick but hilarious read, with a fantastic twist at the end. It is entertaining from cover to cover, and has plenty to offer to anyone who loves a good bit of humorous fantasy and GameLit.