Hot Best Seller

Knowing is Halfling the Battle

Availability: Ready to download

A city under siege. A halfling knight. One Epik Quest. Epik thought he had found what he was looking for - magic, adventure. He saved an entire kingdom. But at what cost? Without his mentor, Gabby, learning magic seems an impossible feat. And becoming a knight is proving harder than he ever expected. Once again, the city is under attack. A new enemy rises, undermining the te A city under siege. A halfling knight. One Epik Quest. Epik thought he had found what he was looking for - magic, adventure. He saved an entire kingdom. But at what cost? Without his mentor, Gabby, learning magic seems an impossible feat. And becoming a knight is proving harder than he ever expected. Once again, the city is under attack. A new enemy rises, undermining the ten years of peace and prosperity promised to Dune All-En. Epik must heed the call. He and his usual band of misfit souls - Todder, Myra, and Gerdy - quest across the realm. But what they find in King's Way shakes them to the core. A kingdom supposed to be seething with dark magic seems oddly vacant of much magic at all. Featuring magical jousts to rival both March Madness and WrestleMania III, grandiose feasts that many in Westeros would envy, and a cast of quirky characters that stick with you well after reading, Knowing is Halfling the Battle is a rip-roaring romp through the Arthurian realm of knighthood. Join Epik in his second adventure. Pre-order now!


Compare

A city under siege. A halfling knight. One Epik Quest. Epik thought he had found what he was looking for - magic, adventure. He saved an entire kingdom. But at what cost? Without his mentor, Gabby, learning magic seems an impossible feat. And becoming a knight is proving harder than he ever expected. Once again, the city is under attack. A new enemy rises, undermining the te A city under siege. A halfling knight. One Epik Quest. Epik thought he had found what he was looking for - magic, adventure. He saved an entire kingdom. But at what cost? Without his mentor, Gabby, learning magic seems an impossible feat. And becoming a knight is proving harder than he ever expected. Once again, the city is under attack. A new enemy rises, undermining the ten years of peace and prosperity promised to Dune All-En. Epik must heed the call. He and his usual band of misfit souls - Todder, Myra, and Gerdy - quest across the realm. But what they find in King's Way shakes them to the core. A kingdom supposed to be seething with dark magic seems oddly vacant of much magic at all. Featuring magical jousts to rival both March Madness and WrestleMania III, grandiose feasts that many in Westeros would envy, and a cast of quirky characters that stick with you well after reading, Knowing is Halfling the Battle is a rip-roaring romp through the Arthurian realm of knighthood. Join Epik in his second adventure. Pre-order now!

30 review for Knowing is Halfling the Battle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    This is the sequel to Hero in a Halfling! This book picks up about 4 months after the end of the last book, Epik is in training to be a knight, Myra and Girdy are adjusting to the fact that Myra is now a princess, and other POV’s are added to the story. The city of Dune All-en comes under attack again, but it didn’t end up being a full-scale invasion like they were expecting. It turns out the force that’s charging the gates is actually from Eppimans father in Kingsway. Eppiman, the new king, has b This is the sequel to Hero in a Halfling! This book picks up about 4 months after the end of the last book, Epik is in training to be a knight, Myra and Girdy are adjusting to the fact that Myra is now a princess, and other POV’s are added to the story. The city of Dune All-en comes under attack again, but it didn’t end up being a full-scale invasion like they were expecting. It turns out the force that’s charging the gates is actually from Eppimans father in Kingsway. Eppiman, the new king, has been running from his father and trying to lay low for a while, but his secret is out and his father wants him to bend the knee. Eppiman sends a delegation to Kingsway in an attempt to make peace, which includes also includes Epik, Girdy, and his daughter Myra to go visit The Grand Soveirgn. The group heading to Kingsway all heard rumors of the city, that Kingsway is full of magic, and that The Grand Soveirgn rules with an iron fist. When they arrive, though, Kingsway seems normal and The Grand Soveirgn seems to be a nice person, giving his granddaughter gifts and being generally welcoming. Girdy isn’t falling for it though, she has a bad feeling about the whole thing and she sees things that Myra dismisses. Children are going missing all over the city, and she can’t get one of the mother’s pleas for help out of her head, so she tries to find some answers. Epik is getting better and better at his magic as he learns to tap into his emotions. Magic is made possible partly by knowledge, partly by the soul, and mixing it together with emotions. Halflings, by their nature, are reserved and keep a thick wall between themselves and their emotions, which has been a big challenge for Epik learning how to wield magic. His first attempts at magic go poorly, he finds himself surrounded by the enemy and wants to create a fireball to ward them off, but all he manages is making them feel warm. He was trying to tap into his anger about deaths of loved ones he’s suffered through, but panic is a bad emotion to use for magic, and he ends up vanishing instead. Under the right tutalage, and using some wizarding books he’s found he’s able to gain a better understanding of magic and he really grows through the book. There’s another plotline following an assistant of Eppimans who is trying to build a new kind of military fleet of flying ships. Eppiman knows that his father is unlikely to call off his assault on the city and that Dune All-en will have to find a way to defend itself soon. Eppiman is right, The Grand Soveirgn tells Epik and his crew that there wasn’t anything they could have said or done to have changed his mind on their trip and he still plans to invade unless Eppiman bends the knee. Epik thinks on his feet and offers the bet-loving Soveirgn a challenge – if Epik wins a tournament than the Soveirgn has to call off the invasion… but if Epik loses he has to hand over his magic to the Soveirgn and the invasion will continue. Overall, I feel like this was an improvement on the first book, the characters felt more fleshed out, especially Girdy who was more of a side character last time. I enjoyed her relationship with Myra even if I don’t totally understand what it is Girdy sees in her. Myra is a little too arrogant and air-heady for my tastes, but she does have her heart in the right place. Girdy is much more observant and has stronger critical thinking skills than her princess romance interest so I found myself drawn to her much more than Myra. There was more to the plot in this book as well, there were more moving parts and a few twists that surprised me. It made the book feel more polished and made it feel like it had more substance to it than the first one. Many comedies use A to B to C plots with funny things happening along the way, and that’s fine, but I really like it when there’s a lot going on outside of jokes. I liked the fact that the references were toned down in this one, there are still lots of references in chapter titles, but there was less of it in the text which made it less distracting. I enjoyed the expansion in the world building, I got to see a new city in the world and I feel like I have a better understanding of the magic system, and seeing more of the different races in the world was fun too. The audiobook was also far better than the first, I liked listening to it much more than the first. Audience: multi pov comedy non human povs – halfling, dwarf, elf lgbt relationships air ships war jousting tournaments audiobooks quick reads Ratings: Plot: 12.5/15 Charaters: 11.5/15 World Building: 12/15 Pacing: 12/15 Writing: 12/15 Originality: 13/15 Personal Enjoyment: 8.25/10 Final Score: 81.25/100 or 4/5GR stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I love middles. The cream in an oreo cookie. Siestas. Fall and Spring. As a reader, I love nothing more than to settle into a familiar world and follow a beloved cast of characters on a new adventure. The second volume in Epik's adventure is an excellent middle. Davis spared no time reuniting me with Epik and his crew and immediately threw new conflict into the mix. Davis' writing is adept and it shows that he honed his craft between the first and second books. The humor in this one is less in-yo I love middles. The cream in an oreo cookie. Siestas. Fall and Spring. As a reader, I love nothing more than to settle into a familiar world and follow a beloved cast of characters on a new adventure. The second volume in Epik's adventure is an excellent middle. Davis spared no time reuniting me with Epik and his crew and immediately threw new conflict into the mix. Davis' writing is adept and it shows that he honed his craft between the first and second books. The humor in this one is less in-your-face and more situational--perfectly balanced with just the right amount of zest to coax a smile or chuckle. "Knowing is Halfling the Battle," continues to nod to the works of Pratchett and Adams, while also making larger strides towards autonomy. I adored how much attention Davis gave to Gerdy in this installment. He allowed Gerdy to express her insecurities honestly while also allowing her to discover her strengths. I'm eager to see the direction Davis takes the series in the future!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Wow! This was a serious leap in story telling from the first one, and that one was pretty good. Going to do something I don't normally do and go directly into the third one. Wow! This was a serious leap in story telling from the first one, and that one was pretty good. Going to do something I don't normally do and go directly into the third one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    While this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, Davis has written a few novellas in this world as well as book 1, which means this book is much more assured than book 1. It helps that the stage and characters have all been set in book 1, so there's no need for Tolkien-esque boring scene setting. The book opens with a battle and from there Epik and company are whisked away to rival kingdom to negotiate a treaty. There they find themselves wrapped up in a jousting tournament and a town filled with myster While this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, Davis has written a few novellas in this world as well as book 1, which means this book is much more assured than book 1. It helps that the stage and characters have all been set in book 1, so there's no need for Tolkien-esque boring scene setting. The book opens with a battle and from there Epik and company are whisked away to rival kingdom to negotiate a treaty. There they find themselves wrapped up in a jousting tournament and a town filled with mystery. The book kicks off with a battle and doesn't stop - a fun, propulsive book. Davis continues his deft character work, warm humor and light sprinkles of pop culture references.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura King

    Enjoyed the second installment of this Epik journey. Eager to read the third book to see how it all plays out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    William Tyler Davis

    Wow! One giant outline over the course of a few weeks, one month for the first draft, another month for the second. I finished up my last round of edits last night. The book will go to some betas now, then to my editor in early Feb. I learned so much writing this book. It's definitely my best novel to date. Perhaps that's not saying much. I loved diving into Gerdy's mind. I took readers feedback of the issues they had with Epik's lacking character and with the transitions in book one, and hopeful Wow! One giant outline over the course of a few weeks, one month for the first draft, another month for the second. I finished up my last round of edits last night. The book will go to some betas now, then to my editor in early Feb. I learned so much writing this book. It's definitely my best novel to date. Perhaps that's not saying much. I loved diving into Gerdy's mind. I took readers feedback of the issues they had with Epik's lacking character and with the transitions in book one, and hopefully, I built something that the readers that have stuck with us will enjoy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colin Rowlands

    I hadn't actually read the first book in this series so was a little unsure to start with, but I had been advised that I would quickly pick things up anyway if I did start with this one and that seemed to be the case for me, so people should not be dissuaded from this book even if they haven't read/listened to the first one. This book is sort of a new start for the hero Epik, a halfling, as he is currently training to be a knight, but events quickly force him and his friends to embark on a new qu I hadn't actually read the first book in this series so was a little unsure to start with, but I had been advised that I would quickly pick things up anyway if I did start with this one and that seemed to be the case for me, so people should not be dissuaded from this book even if they haven't read/listened to the first one. This book is sort of a new start for the hero Epik, a halfling, as he is currently training to be a knight, but events quickly force him and his friends to embark on a new quest to deal with the ruler of a kingdom controlled by dark magic. This fairly serious setting is offset by the tone and style of the writing, which tends towards being lighter, less serious and more humorous. I don't think I would actually call the writing funny, but it was enjoyable and the humour definitely tended to enhance rather than detract from the story. I was not familiar with this narrator, but found her performance to be a pleasant one with sufficient variation to ensure the main characters all had distinctive enough voices, which is crucial for the narration to enhance a story like it did with this one. Overall, an enjoyable listen and I will definitely look out for new books in the series and probably go back and get the first one too. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Shelton

    Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this story in exchange for a fair and honest review. The first thing that pops into my mind after reading this second story of Epik, a halfling with aspirations of being a Mage, and now a Knight, is "Fun!" There is much humor within this story as well as some truly fun and interesting characters. Mr. Davis knows how to grab your attention and his writing is more that up to the task of keeping it. If you have yet to to read Hero in a Halfling, or The Great Rang Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this story in exchange for a fair and honest review. The first thing that pops into my mind after reading this second story of Epik, a halfling with aspirations of being a Mage, and now a Knight, is "Fun!" There is much humor within this story as well as some truly fun and interesting characters. Mr. Davis knows how to grab your attention and his writing is more that up to the task of keeping it. If you have yet to to read Hero in a Halfling, or The Great Ranger Trilogy, I highly recommend you start with those two first. You'll find you are better able to enjoy this story if you have a good grasp of the history of Dune All-En, and it's notable residents.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Better than the first book in the series There was way less "stupid" jokes, as a matter of fact, I don't recall any, although the reference to New York city is still prevalent. The title of this book is what brought me to this series. And I was very disappointed. It states that this is an Arthurian legend book, but there was absolutely nothing that was Arthurian about it. Yes, there was jousting and knights, but that is where the similarities ended. There were more typos in this one than any of Better than the first book in the series There was way less "stupid" jokes, as a matter of fact, I don't recall any, although the reference to New York city is still prevalent. The title of this book is what brought me to this series. And I was very disappointed. It states that this is an Arthurian legend book, but there was absolutely nothing that was Arthurian about it. Yes, there was jousting and knights, but that is where the similarities ended. There were more typos in this one than any of the others, but that wasn't terribly off putting. All in all a good story, a good series, and I will read the books as they come out, but I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't any Arthurian legend in this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I really am loving this series. I think I liked the second one more than the first as things become more developed and you start to understand along with the protagonist as your dad along. The second book in the series expands right where things were left from the first novel. Fun little jokes and puns hidden in the words - even including my favorite ‘cliff note’ joke near the end of the book. Very excited to read the next one in the series. I hope more people discover these because they are a lot I really am loving this series. I think I liked the second one more than the first as things become more developed and you start to understand along with the protagonist as your dad along. The second book in the series expands right where things were left from the first novel. Fun little jokes and puns hidden in the words - even including my favorite ‘cliff note’ joke near the end of the book. Very excited to read the next one in the series. I hope more people discover these because they are a lot of fun. Yes there are elves and knights and half it’s in here but in a way never done before and it’s just perfect. The story is good and involved as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I recently finished book 1 ( Hero In A Halfing ) and I was straight into this 2nd on after loving the 1st and I loved this just as much . These books are really fun and entertaining . The chapter headings in this one are once again names of other well known books and movies or variations on them which made me chuckle . I enjoyed being in the world of Dune All-En again sharing more adventures and humourous situations with Epik and his friends . The pop culture references add extra fun to the story I recently finished book 1 ( Hero In A Halfing ) and I was straight into this 2nd on after loving the 1st and I loved this just as much . These books are really fun and entertaining . The chapter headings in this one are once again names of other well known books and movies or variations on them which made me chuckle . I enjoyed being in the world of Dune All-En again sharing more adventures and humourous situations with Epik and his friends . The pop culture references add extra fun to the story . I can't wait until the third book ! I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wright

    Epik These books by Davis are a joy to read. The humour in them plays to my tastes quite well. A rare find for me in the realm of books. On top of that I enjoy the plot also. I read the first and gave it four stars also. The only reason I give four instead of five is grammatical errors. A good edit and I would be sure to bump up to five stars on both books. I'm excited to read the spin off about the Ranger Collus while I wait on the third installment in Epik Fantasy. Epik These books by Davis are a joy to read. The humour in them plays to my tastes quite well. A rare find for me in the realm of books. On top of that I enjoy the plot also. I read the first and gave it four stars also. The only reason I give four instead of five is grammatical errors. A good edit and I would be sure to bump up to five stars on both books. I'm excited to read the spin off about the Ranger Collus while I wait on the third installment in Epik Fantasy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Derek Jordan

    This was a vast improvement and deeper reach than the first installment. I certainly enjoyed it more and am even more pulled into what the outcome will be. The reader is not really treated foolishly and the story progresses pretty well. I would have probably liked some better explanations of magic, but this is fine - Brandon Sanderson has me spoiled when it comes to magics. Anyway.. Excited for the next one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    BonusMom

    A knight and a mage Yes, it's true- on this quest Epik must enter a knight tournament (with tricks reminiscent of modern day wrestling). The stakes are high and Epik must not only win but must also take care of his friends. Good book. A knight and a mage Yes, it's true- on this quest Epik must enter a knight tournament (with tricks reminiscent of modern day wrestling). The stakes are high and Epik must not only win but must also take care of his friends. Good book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    garth warren

    Fantastic Great series cannot wait for the next instalment Love Epik and Coe such great story lines and the spin offs are even better

  16. 5 out of 5

    Garry Wall

    Fun and a nice set up for the next. I'm looking forward to it. Fun and a nice set up for the next. I'm looking forward to it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruthanne Taylor

    Great fun with elves, trolls, wizards, men, & satire!

  18. 4 out of 5

    OldBird

    After reading the first book in the series, I was stuck by the cosy fantasy warmth and silly real-world snarky humour that made Epik and his friends' story something of a comfort-read. It never took itself too seriously while telling a silly but sweet tale, and while some of the jokes felt shoe-horned in purely for the Terry Pratchett effect I generally didn't mind. I'd read that this book had toned down the humour, but I didn't expect it to have jettisoned it completely. What passed for humour After reading the first book in the series, I was stuck by the cosy fantasy warmth and silly real-world snarky humour that made Epik and his friends' story something of a comfort-read. It never took itself too seriously while telling a silly but sweet tale, and while some of the jokes felt shoe-horned in purely for the Terry Pratchett effect I generally didn't mind. I'd read that this book had toned down the humour, but I didn't expect it to have jettisoned it completely. What passed for humour here was the continued references to NYC, which I fear mostly went over my head. I was sadly disappointed not to enjoy Epik's second outing. We start with Epik trying to be a knight as well as a wizard. Then a battle/siege of Dune Al-En occurs. The new king Epiman sends Epik & Co off to King's Way to negotiate a truce. Oh and btw, King's Way's ruler is actually Epiman's dad (that's important). Once there, a tournament is held because reasons. Something something magic something bad? Oh yeah, Epik works out who his dad is. And tries to retrospectively explain the thing about the Shadow from the first book with an info dump that implies we should have known it earlier... That was my biggest problem with the narrative. Characters knew more than we did. They could work out that 2 plus 2 was 4, but we were handed an equation with missing variables; 2+x=y anyone? (view spoiler)[Epik was gifted Gabby + Epiman x Shadow = dad. Erm. OK... Things like Gerdy being the mysterious knight and things about blood magic, stealing magic - these reveals felt more confusing and out of the blue rather than natural "aha!" moments (hide spoiler)] I disliked feeling slow to catch up, like I'm expected to know how the world's magic system works without it being explained. I didn't get why characters were doing what they were doing. The writing isn't bad as such (maybe a few too many long sentences strung together with multiple commas) but it just didn't convey what I needed to really get the story and revelations in a satisfying way. It's open ended, leading into book 3, but I'm debating if I want to read more. The humour with the new, more serious tone feels at odds with itself. I'm so disappointed not to have liked this story, after the first promised so much more silly fun fantasy. Sorry to say this might be where the heroic halfling and I may part ways (for now at least). -Read as part of Epik Fantasy: Books 1 - 3-

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, this is fantasy plus, luved the various 'popular culture' type references. NOTE: if you are looking for a story that is 'just like' LOTR etc, you WILL NOT find it here...it is a story, that just happns to use some of the TYPE of character/s used in various fantasy stories, it is NOT the same story/ies! Tolikien was a 'fan fav' when it came out but NOT necessarily one lauded by acadmics and other literary whatever. The same as if every 'magical' story is derivative or ripoff of Kindle Unlimited, this is fantasy plus, luved the various 'popular culture' type references. NOTE: if you are looking for a story that is 'just like' LOTR etc, you WILL NOT find it here...it is a story, that just happns to use some of the TYPE of character/s used in various fantasy stories, it is NOT the same story/ies! Tolikien was a 'fan fav' when it came out but NOT necessarily one lauded by acadmics and other literary whatever. The same as if every 'magical' story is derivative or ripoff of Harry Potter {it's not, there were stories about magic etc long before} some things might be deritivative, but NO, one charter of a story being one type being is NOT. Now, other books to read...but FIRST, going to reread the first book, just because I CAN. A city under siege. A halfling knight. One Epik Quest. Epik thought he had found what he was looking for - magic, adventure. He saved an entire kingdom. But at what cost? Without his mentor, Gabby, learning magic seems an impossible feat. And becoming a knight is proving harder than he ever expected. Once again, the city is under attack. A new enemy rises, undermining the ten years of peace and prosperity promised to Dune All-En. Epik must heed the call. He and his usual band of misfit souls - Todder, Myra, and Gerdy - quest across the realm. But what they find in King's Way shakes them to the core. A kingdom supposed to be seething with dark magic seems oddly vacant of much magic at all. Featuring magical jousts to rival both March Madness and WrestleMania III, grandiose feasts that many in Westeros would envy, and a cast of quirky characters that stick with you well after reading, Knowing is Halfling the Battle is a rip-roaring romp through the Arthurian realm of knighthood. Join Epik in his second adventure. Epik Fantasy Series Hero in a Halfling Knowing is Halfling the Battle Epik Fantasy Book 3 Sight Beyond Epik Sight: A Steampunk Fantasy Romp (Epik Fantasy Book 3) Trolls All the Way Down An Epik Fantasy Short Fog Lifted The Great Ranger Book 1 The Vanishing Castle The Great Ranger Book 2 Chivalry's Lament The Great Ranger Book 3 The Great Ranger: the Complete Trilogy

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Cady

  21. 4 out of 5

    Manxie1954

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonya OK

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Moran

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Swift

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gloria F. Witham

  27. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Castle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darque Dreamer

    Knowing is Halfling the Battle was such a fun read! It had magic, humor, knights, and jousting! It was light-hearted and very well written! Epik's journey became more intriguing, secrets were revealed, and danger lurked around every corner! I definitely enjoyed it more than the first one. It had plenty of comedy to keep me laughing and a big adventure to keep me turning the pages. I loved the carry over from book 1 and how the author seamlessly reminded me of those events while keeping the pace o Knowing is Halfling the Battle was such a fun read! It had magic, humor, knights, and jousting! It was light-hearted and very well written! Epik's journey became more intriguing, secrets were revealed, and danger lurked around every corner! I definitely enjoyed it more than the first one. It had plenty of comedy to keep me laughing and a big adventure to keep me turning the pages. I loved the carry over from book 1 and how the author seamlessly reminded me of those events while keeping the pace of the story flowing. I found Epik's journey of self discovery to be very telling of his brave character. I loved Gerdy's point of view because I got to see her feistiness really come through. And, I enjoyed meeting new characters, like Kavya, and catching up with old characters, like Todder. The story was wild and unpredictable. It had plenty of intrigue to go around with mysterious happenings throughout the kingdom, an impending battle on the horizon, missing children, and magic afoot. It was full of fantasy and fun. It reminded me of all the fun I have when I go to the Renaissance Festival, and I finished it in one sitting! 4.5 stars! Thank you to the author for sending me this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...