Review: The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby

April 17, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 4 ★★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: Corpse looting, ocean exploration and other hijinx!​

The Corpse Rat King

Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

Mar​i​us is The Corpse-Rat King, a con man and a thief. He likes things coming to him easy and seems to always have an angle for money making. So what better way to make easy money than looting the bodies of the dead?

Marius​ is definitely in trouble now – he has looted the corpse of a dead King and been mistaken for the King by hordes of dead.  They want a king and at first they think Marius is it.  When they are disabused of this belief, for they’ve grabbed the wrong body (Marius was alive when they took him) they are VERY upset and blame Marius.  So they send Marius back to the land of the living with a mission.  Find them a King to rule over the land of the Dead – or they will come for him.​  But he’s quite adept at eluding responsibility and he’s going to try like the dickens to do just that.​
​If you like comedy and just outrageous circumstances look no further.  Marius has what I would consider a mean sense of humor.  Everything for him, at everyone else’s expense seems to be what he’s about.  Admittedly, there are a few ridiculous scenes in The Corpse-Rat King but in my opinion they all worked.  I particularly enjoyed Marius long trek along the Ocean floor – where he meets a certain someone and *SPOILER* rides on the bones of a dead horse.
He has a hapless sidekick that I felt was a better character dead then the ten minutes we know him while alive.  He almost seems smarter now that he’s dead.  Strange don’t you think?

This wasn’t just a comedy though, it was about self discovery…discovering how big of a wanker you really were/are.  HAHA, and maybe even wanting to do something about it.  I have to admit there were points where I felt the storyline dragged but Marius kept me well enough entertained that I didn’t mind so much.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of his misadventures.

Favorite Quote:

“The Ruler of the Dead, in his dead man’s clothes, sitting upon his throne of dead man’s shit. It was all so perfect.”

Tabitha the Pabkins

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4 Responses to “Review: The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby”

  1. Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby

    I read this one back in September & had to re-read my review of it just now (ha!). I guess it speaks well for the novel that I could only remember the good parts and had to rely on my review for what I didn’t like.

    The writing was GORGEOUS and there were so many witty lines that I adored. The book lost me about halfway through though. It looks like there will be a sequel, so maybe I’ll give it another shot!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah I liked it – and didn’t realize i had accepted the second one for review before I’d even finished reading the first one. I liked the first one – but I felt like it was complete enough that I didn’t feel compelled about reading a second. We’ll see I’ll give it a shot since I already accepted it. I just wish it was a stand alone – there aren’t enough stand alones out there!

  2. Redhead

    I love con man stories, and dead guys are always good for a few laughs. it’s settled, I need to read this!

    not sure if I want to commit to another series though, does this one do OK as a stand alone?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      This definitely can do great as a stand alone. I felt satisfied like I didn’t need to read further. Though I will be reading the next one because I already accepted it for review. haha