Expecting Someone Taller
by Tom Holt (1987)
Malcolm Fisher inherits a magic ring from a dying badger and becomes the much-disputed Ruler of the World. Everyone wants the ring–despite the fearsome curse upon it. And Malcolm is about to learn that some are born to greatness, and some are, well, badgered into it.
This is based on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, something I have been fortunate enough to avoid. I initially started this as a comedic contrast to the last thriller. Turns out, it wasn’t that funny.
This is Holt’s first book and it’s very polished prose and easy to read. So it was surprising that the story and characters were interesting enough to draw me along to the end of the book.