Friday, July 13, 2018

ARC Review: Kill The Farm Boy By Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

Kill The Farm Boy By Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Ray 
Release Date: July 17th, 2018
Format: Egalley, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.

This is not that fairy tale.

There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened.

And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.

There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed.
This book has been marketed as The Princess Bride meets Monty Python, and having finished this book I have to say that is probably a pretty accurate pitch. Dawson and Hearne take everything we know about a fairytale and spin it on it's head to create a story peppered with puns and just plain silly humor. I ended up really enjoying it, as it was a light-heartened book I felt like I needed to read right now. 

I do want to point out that even though I really enjoyed it, I don't want to recommend this book to all readers. I don't think it is for everyone, and that's perfectly okay! I liked the humor in this, and there were moments where I was literally cackling in my bed, like the scene with the "Well, actually" Troll. I don't think all the jokes hit the mark, some of them even felt like it was trying a little too hard, but I enjoyed the rest that this didn't bother me. I don't think every reader will be as forgiven as me. I think if you like a good pun and crass humor this one will be a winner for you!

So how do these two spin the fairytale trope on its head? That's a little hard to answer without divulging some spoilers. I will say that the book takes the tradition quest narrative so that there is a magic welder, a bard, a warrior, a hero, and a rogue. But the magic welder is a self titled Dark Lord named Toby who really isn't that evil at all, the rogue Poltro is really incompetent, the bard Argabella just really wants to be an accountant, and the warrior Fia just keeps on accidentally killing people. There's also a talking goat named Gustave that is just sick of everyone's BS. I loved him! Even though he just kept on pooping on people who didn't agree with him. (My dudes, I am not kidding) I really like that the authors take what we know and expect about these archetypes and just twists them to make an interesting cast of characters. It was almost like I was reading about a D&D game gone horribly awry, and that was exactly what made it so interesting to me!

I like a good quest story, it's why I like Rick Riordan's novels so much, and this story does have a natural quest plot line. I like reading about a bunch of characters that have to go through insane trials to get to the end of where they need to go. There's a lot of homage to the traditional quest story and fairytale story that it made me just really enjoy this very silly story.

If you are a fan of silly fantasy, or if you love the podcast Hello From The Magic Tavern, I think you will love this book. If you are looking for something fun that doesn't take itself too seriously, I suggest you pick this up.

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Happy Reads Everyone!