The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues
by Rich Burlew
Cover Artist: Rich Burlew
Review by Paul Haggerty
Giant in the Playground Games Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780976658030
Date: 1 December 2006
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I waited far too long before purchasing this book. And the reason was purely selfish. The author, Rich Burlew, had signed and personalized my copy of the first book, and I was hoping to pick up the second the same way. But unfortunately, increased travel costs for the author to make it to a local convention apparently made this a dying dream. So I was forced to just buy it wholesale and laugh uproariously through it in its pristine state.
So the Dungeon of Dorukan is no more, Xykon the Lich is destroyed, Roy's quest is over, and all is right with the world. Except, of course, for those few niggling plot threads. Roy needs to get a new weapon to replace his ancestral sword. What remains of the Linear Guild wants revenge, Xykon is making a rapid come back, the "Creature in the Darkness" is still clueless but committed, Redcloak is still strangely competent and hard at work, and the mysterious cloaked figure is bent on retribution for crimes against the multiverse.
So what's new this time? How about three hundred pages of diversionary side quests, dragons, a dragon's hoard, a stuck up paladin, random and inexplicable encounters with bizarre monsters, a spiteful teenage sorceress, dirt farmers, assassins at the inn, more massive explosions, gender swapping, brigands, a senile patriarch, the creation of creation revealed, and a cat named Mr. Scruffy.
If you thought life in the dungeon was complex and dangerous, then wait till you see the peaceful countryside.