03 March, 2020

[Review] Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

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Series or Stand Alone: The Tales of Pell #1
Release Date: 17 July, 2018
Publisher: Random House/Random House Audio
Genre: Fantasy/Humor
ASIN: B079J5K13P
Edition: Audiobook
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 7 February, 2020
Warnings: Death, Rude Humor
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.

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I picked up this book at one point when it first came out, but it fell to the wayside for a while. I returned to this novel in December of last year (while looking for something lighter so I could avoid all the melodramatic books I've started), and I'm glad I did. 

Worstly, a second son of a farm family and a regular "poo boy" for Gustav the goat, believes that he's been chosen as the Chosen One! That means no more lingering on the family farm, no more shoveling poo, and most of all, escaping his parents dismal outlooks on life after the death of his brother Bestly. Or at least that's what he thought before he was met with an untimely death by being crushed to death. The story only gets more wild as a cast of unlikely characters join together in an adventure to resurrect the Farm Boy and break some curses. Oh, and find a way to grow the best roses in all of Pell.

This adventure was rambunctiously funny, and I laughed at far too many poo themed jokes, providing a way for everyone to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the addition of Conan, a barbarian prince who appears late in the story and turns the dashing hero trope on it's head as he's sent off to bury a body and to wait for our bunny bard in an inn of ill-repute. Meanwhile Worstly is well and truly dead, Gustav somehow becomes not a goat but a human king. 

If you like adventures that sound like a Dungeons and Dragons session that has well and truly gone off the rails, or just looking for something humorous to lighten your day, I recommend this book. 

Until the next adventure my fellows, enjoy!

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