Recently I found myself on the lookout for a short read. I was done with reading books over months; I wanted something that would be done by the time I began. So, I set off to the local bookstore on a mission and hit the jackpot with the Myth Adventures comedy series by Robert Asprin. The first book, Another Fine Myth, was published in 1978 and tells the story of Skeeve, a magician’s apprentice in the backwater dimension of Klah, who becomes the apprentice of a demon called Aahz when his current master is assassinated. The pair find themselves on a quest (of course) to defeat an evil magician before he takes over all the dimensions. This is complicated by the fact that Aahz has lost his powers, leaving them to rely on Aahz’s brains and Skeeve’s paltry magic abilities.
The books are a joy to read, mostly due to the dynamic between the irascible, quick-witted Aahz and the clueless Skeeve, and Asprin’s imaginative world-building. The pair are soon joined by friends and as the cohort grows the characters evolve and relationships change. In the introduction to the seventh book, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, Asprin comments that ongoing character growth was an intentional goal from the beginning to stop the books from becoming repetitive, and it is effective; more than once I found myself closing one book in the series to then immediately open up the next. I suggest trying Myth Adventures if you are looking for a light-hearted, immersive fantasy series, either as a mainstay or to visit between heavier reads.