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The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins Audiobook {3 Stars}

Fool’s Gold is the first book in The Dragon Lords series by Jon Hollins and is perfect for fantasy fans that appreciate a trope-filled satirical spin on a classic epic fantasy adventure. Do purposeful anachronisms make you chuckle? Do you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek and self-aware humor found in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Do you love a good narrator? This might just be the audiobook for you ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins Audiobook {3 Stars}

Fool's Gold by Jon Hollins
Narrated by John Banks
(The Dragon Lords #1)
Published by Orbit on July 19th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Fantasy
Page Length: 516 pages
Audio Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A brand new adventure fantasy: imagine Guardians of the Galaxyplanning a heist on Smaug's gold, for fans looking for something with a modern twist and some humor.

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.

No one said they were smart.

3 Stars


  • I absolutely love the humorous satire that Fool’s Gold revels in. Whether it is the giant and exotic lizard man that speaks with strange grammar to increase his allure or the peasant boy and the drunk that miraculously come up with halfway decent plans, it is refreshing to turn the mirror on classic fantasy tropes for a good laugh.
  • Despite the humor found in much beloved tropes, I was delighted to find that there were two female members of our motley crew and they both kick ass in their own strengths. We have the highly competent female thief and the scarily powerful female wizard and they really do most of the day-saving to be honest.
  • I highly recommend the audiobook of Fool’s Gold. The narration is fantastic with each character getting their own voice, the female characters being portrayed by the male narrator really well, and a whole lot of character being added to this already colorful cast.
  • I hadn’t really expected this book to have all that interesting or unique of a world since that didn’t seem the goal. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at the interesting political system the dragon lords had and the twist on a dragon terrorizing the countryside by heavy taxation in addition to fire!


  • At about halfway, I was expecting Fool’s Gold to wrap up soon and save some of the dragon slaying for the next book. I therefore found the second half to drag rather a lot and overstay its welcome.
  • In the second half is also when things take a turn for the more serious and I found myself chuckling less. It made the combination of humorous moments feel a bit out of place with serious threat of death and dismemberment.
  • Seriously, how many times can you read about stealing gold from a dragon before it gets boring?? Once was enough for me, twice more was not really necessary.
  • I had really hoped that a book like this would avoid anything too close to a real romance, but I was wrong. And they even fall in love, sigh.


Fool’s Gold was an enjoyable satire on the tropes of the fantasy genre for the first half. It then introduces a bit too much serious world-building and tension for my expectations, but once I adjusted to new expectations, I did find the world intriguing. If you are looking for a fun audiobook, this is one to try.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins

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