Captain Quirk is given the assignment of exploring the far reaches of Crutonia. He and his crew set off to map the land and gather samples of and information about the flora and fauna they discover. Although Quirk is sure that the other commanders are jealous, readers can clearly see them winking and shaking hands with each other as the king gives him the commission. Perhaps they know something our fearless leader doesn't, because the expedition runs into severe trouble only a few days out. By, trouble, I mean their ship is attacked by hungry giants. Things really don't improve from there - important members are lost (eaten), equipment is gone, and the ship is destroyed. The surviving crew make their way to shore and take shelter in a cave, only to meet a crazy sorceress. Did Columbus ever have days like that?
The characters look like they are visiting from Fraggle Rock, with some more furry than others. And their Sxervian Frog Brigade members could be distant cousins of the Dozers. Besides the colorful appearance of the expedition members, they also have a wide range of personalities. Quirk is very confident when they set out, but then seems completely at sea (har har), once they come under attack. Smok, the chef's assistant, turns out to be more capable than some of the senior officers. And the Yoons that the crew encounters after the attack remind me of small, furry versions of JarJar Binks.
Without any background, we will be looking at future books in the series to find out more about the kingdom of Crutonia. We will also be watching to see how the crew members develop during their mission and what the future holds for them.
I read an ebook provided by the publisher through NetGalley.