Looking for a good quest adventure with monsters

#1
"A band of heroes with unique talents or just a main adventurer (who isn't a wizard) face monsters and trap-laden dungeons on a quest to obtain a magical artifact."

This type of novel, one that is well written with good characters, is surprisingly hard to find! Most fantasy these days seems to be more about war and politics annd have no fun Ogres or Hydra or Mummies, etc. I don't like much of that in my fantasy books. I've read the Prydain series, LOTR, and Kings of the Wyld recently. Tried Swords and Deviltry, but couldn't get into it unfortunately. Bonus points if it has the sort of badass wit of Kings of the Wyld, but not a requirement.

Really appreciate whatever help you can give. It's been a long search...
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#3
"A band of heroes with unique talents or just a main adventurer (who isn't a wizard) face monsters and trap-laden dungeons on a quest to obtain a magical artifact."

This type of novel, one that is well written with good characters, is surprisingly hard to find! Most fantasy these days seems to be more about war and politics annd have no fun Ogres or Hydra or Mummies, etc. I don't like much of that in my fantasy books. I've read the Prydain series, LOTR, and Kings of the Wyld recently. Tried Swords and Deviltry, but couldn't get into it unfortunately. Bonus points if it has the sort of badass wit of Kings of the Wyld, but not a requirement.

Really appreciate whatever help you can give. It's been a long search...

I can think of books with some of those elements but all of them together is a toughie. I’m not sure this is what you’re looking for but the only book I can think of wirh a 1. group 2. on a quest 3.without war 4. and no politics 5. and a badass 6. who isn’t a wizard 7 that has weird creatures 8. and well written is
Stephen King’s 7 book series The Dark Tower.
 

Darwin

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#5
blah came here to recommend Kings of the Wyld, which I'm wrapping up now. OP beat me to it.

You might find that Terry Pratchett's Discworld stuff checks a lot of those boxes.
 

Derk of Derkholm

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#6
Goblin Quest by Jim Hines!

Definitely has a band of adventurers with unique talents, and monsters do feature prominently !!! ;)
 

Bierschneeman

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#9
I keep recommending this book, but it's just that good. robert e Howard's "red nails" it's every checkmark , great, and short. also available on youtube audiobook.
 
#11
my most favourit novel in this catergory would be Malus Darkblade novels... they are awesome and have all what you need.. plots... adventures.. actions.. magic.. mystries.. worth your time from book 1 to book 7
 

ExTended

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#13
Awaken Online series by Travis Bagwell. You're welcome! Not as witty as Kings of the Wld, but the nerdiness is certainly there.

The Riyria Revelations is up there too, although it doesn't follow the trope as tighly as you might like. But it even beats Kings of the Wyld for humor and banter.
 
#14
Awaken Online series by Travis Bagwell. You're welcome! Not as witty as Kings of the Wld, but the nerdiness is certainly there.

The Riyria Revelations is up there too, although it doesn't follow the trope as tighly as you might like. But it even beats Kings of the Wyld for humor and banter.

So Riyria has monsters in it?
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#15
So Riyria has monsters in it?
I thought there were a lot of thoughtful and good suggestions here but you did not comment on any of them until asking another question just now. Did you look into any of them? Did they not meet enough of your specifications? If so, why not?

If your main criteria is a monster “The Lost Island” by Preston and Child takes a page right out of Homers “The Odyssey”.