It all seemed a bit out of order to me. Yes, I thought it was offensive and no, I didn’t find it funny… but I don’t remember arriving at a place where we decided we had a right to not be offended. I don’t like the sound of that place. I don’t like it at all.
The blurb for this book is very accurate as to the tone and feel of the book. It has all those epic fantasy tropes – a once great civilisation fallen to ruin, a loner adventure – but then it undercuts that with the “talk about a guilt trip” and introduces a more real grounded feel to the story, plus a bit of humour. And if I had to describe The Ninth Rain in a few words, then epic fantasy with added humour, would certainly be a large part of it.