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The Order of the Stick, Vol. 3: War and XPs

(2008)
Author: Rich Burlew
Illustrator: Rich Burlew
Publisher: Giant in the Playground
Pages: 288
Personal Rating: 9/10
Amazon: 5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Series:
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Classifications:Comedy
Fantasy
Comic
Action
Synopsis:
The epic battle between good and evil becomes more epic-y than ever in the long-awaited third volume in The Order of the Stick story, War and XPs. Follow the continuing adventures of Roy, Haley, Elan, Durkon, Vaarsuvius, and Belkar as they persevere prophecies, revenge, true love, heroic battles, villainous treacheries, tragic falls, and one swingin' party. Read in white-knuckled edge-of-your-seat anticipation as the Order leads the charge in a massive siege that makes the Battle of Thermopylae look like a sorority car wash. Continuing directly from the story in the award-winning No Cure for the Paladin Blues, this book is a must-have for those who have been collecting the entire The Order of the Stick story in print format. Only slightly briefer than its namesake, War and XPs is a mammoth 288-page comic book that weighs in at over 2 pounds of comedy and covers all of the OOTS comics between #302 and #484óbut we didn't stop until we crammed more than 30 pages of never-before-seen bonus material into this book, too! Check it out:

* More than 15 bonus comics that expand the story as it unfolds!
* Extensive author commentary, providing insight that he will likely regret revealing almost immediately!
* A two-page tourist's guide to Azure City!
* Foreward by Pat Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind!
* Preface by Elan the Bard!
* A brief recap of the first two books by Vaarsuvius!
* Translations for Haley's cryptograms!
* Valuable money-saving coupons!
Reaction:
Great battle sequence! Burlew has definitely developed his ability to tell and illustrating engaging, understandable action. As a storyteller myself, that's not always an easy thing. Way to go Burlew.

Almost gets me to forgive you for splitting the entire party for a couple of frustrating years after this one is over.