Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi – Review

Cover- Otto Von Trapezoid

Rating: Did Not Finish


“Filled with adventure, action and outrageous comedy, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID & THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a wildly entertaining read.”

—Paul Regnier, author of Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma

OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is the story of two criminal masterminds who can conquer anything except their own feelings. Otto Von Trapezoid is a mad scientist who rules an army of robots from his orbital space station. Angry and grumpy, he sees no value in humanity except becoming their ruler. Esmerelda Santa Monica is the stylish self-proclaimed “Empress of Thieves,” who values her own legend and the thrill of the theft over actual wealth. Both live lonely lives, the desire to become the greatest villains of all time primarily on their minds

When the two meet in simultaneous attempts to blackmail the UN, their instincts are to attempt to kill one another, but soon they discover a mutual attraction that neither thought possible. Once they begin to pool their resources, the pair seems on track to become the most successful evil-doers of all time and set out to conquer the world itself. But what happens when their villainous natures emerge, and both realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth? Can either be satisfied with being second to another?

To make matters worse, they must deal with the protestations of Otto’s sidekick robot SCRAP, the meddling of their fellow villains, their families, and worst of all, heroic superspy Jake Indestructible is determined to bring them both down, once and for all.

Filled with robot dinosaurs, exploding dinner parties, and villainous poker games, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that will leave you falling in love with the bad guys!

I was so, so excited to read this book and review it for you guys- the title was catchy, the cover snazzy, and the synopsis was enticing- but I was disappointed when I started reading. The story was just not for me. Now, don’t get the idea that this story isn’t for anyone, I’m certain that there are people that will enjoy it, but I’m not one of them. It was too much of a spoof on spies and evil villains for my taste- maybe a younger set of readers (teenagers, perhaps?) would enjoy this more. There were so many acronyms, and some of them were clever, but after the first chapter I was… annoyed. I eventually just stopped reading for awhile, only to pick it up the next day and stop again, this time permanently.

Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves is classified as a comedy, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the author intended his book to be a parody of all other super bad villain books. I’ll just say that this book is geared towards a specific group of readers, and I think that the general bookish populace will find it unusual at the very least. But hey, maybe I’m an outlier and this will be a literary phenomenon to rival the popularity of Twilight and the Hunger Games.

I would like to note that I received this book from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest review. You can check out other reviews from the October Blog Tour here.


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