Sunday, January 27, 2019

#ARCReview: No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: April 16th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

The Skyr is a rich, verdant land claimed by both halflings and gnomes. For centuries, the halflings have worked to undermine gnomish power structures and seize total control--through legal means, certainly, but more insidiously through their extensive organized crime network. Now, threatened with being pushed out entirely, the gnomes are desperate and ready to fight back. Gustave the Goat King faces his first test as a leader: Can he bring peace to a fraught region or will a civil war consume the entire kingdom?
No Country for Old Gnomes is Book Two in the Tales Pell series by authors Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. You can read my review of the first book Kill the Farmboy here. I was really excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book, but I hate to admit it that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book.

Don't get me wrong, I still think this is a fun book, but for me a lot of the great things about the first book were the puns and comedy. I felt like the jokes didn't land as hard in this one, but I also kind of wonder if they would land better had I listened to this one on audio. It seemed like a lot of the jokes surrounded names of characters, so I think I might have missed a few gems because I was reading and not hearing it.

The book still follows a quest narrative like the first book, which is something I really like; however it's with completely new characters. I kind of grew attached to the characters in the first book, whom only show up as side characters in this book. The characters in this book are interesting, but I didn't feel that connected to them as I did with the ones in the last book. I also felt like it took some time to actually get into the plot of the novel, and I was about 35% in before I felt like it was interesting to me. I understand that there was a lot of setup that needed to be executed, but I felt it took a little too long.

One thing I did really like about this new book is that it kind of reinforces the idea of a "found" family and being able to trust your friends. Agape's family is straight up the worst, and even though she is traveling around with these people she still seems like an outsider. I like that the rest of the group makes sure she doesn't feel that way and they all have grown up by the end of the book. I also really like that it's about ignoring first impressions or what you have heard about people. Such as the conflicts between the Gnomes and the Halflings. It was really cool to see Kirsi and Faucon come together and realize they aren't all that different from each other.

I think this one just didn't land completely for me, but I still want to see what is for store for the final book in the series, The Princess Beard.

*I received an egalley from netgalley in exchange for my review.

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