How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps – Kindle Edition is Out Now!

The Kindle edition of How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps is finally available!

This book is a little different from my usual fare. Like Six Sacred Swords, it’s a love letter to games like The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, and Lufia. This one differs in a couple key ways, though.

Firstly, How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps is a LitRPG – it has actual game mechanics in the story, and said game mechanics are a major part of the narrative. I tried to incorporate them as organically as possible, but I know some readers don’t enjoy the gamey elements as much.

Second, it’s an affectionate parody. While my other books have some elements of comedy, make no mistake: this is mostly a comedy. As a result, there are a lot of elements that much more closely resemble the stories I’m making jokes about. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to things like Galaxy Quest and Redshirts; I think those are good comparisons. Space Balls comes to mind, too, in terms of how on-the-nose some of the jokes are.

While those are all good references, I think the closest comparison is a Japanese show – Yuusha Yoshihiko and the Demon’s Castle. It’s a JR{G parody comedy show that strongly inspired the style of this book. You can get a glance at a scene on youtube here. I strongly recommend it if you’re a fellow JRPG fan.

I also have a lot of stylistic nods to other “Yuusha and Demon King” series, like Maoyu, Superior, and Endro! The names of the protagonists are very similar to that style.

Oh, finally, it’s much shorter than my usual stuff – this is about 49,000 words, putting it somewhere at the high end of the novella range or at the low end of what you’d call a novel in the western market. It’s closer to what they’d call a “light novel” in Japan. That word count translates to about 160 pages in the paperback, which should be out very soon as well.

Anyway, I hope people enjoy the book!

If you’re waiting for Arcane Ascension Book 3 – The Torch that Ignites the Stars – the release is on December 6th! Preorders are up now.

I’m planning to post more about AA3, as well as some of my other books, over the following weeks.

Thanks everyone, and stay safe out there!

2 thoughts on “How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps – Kindle Edition is Out Now!

  1. I was wondering: will an Audible version of AA3 also be released in December 2020? I found and listened to the first two in the series recently and I’d love to continue with Podehl. Cheers!

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