Title: Kill the Farm Boy
Author: Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
Review by: Dani Hoots
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.
*I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.*
I absolutely loved this book! It definitely reminded me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There were a lot of subtle humor jokes that I made me laugh at loud and my friends to be like what’s your problem. My husband is going to listen to the audiobook soon and I’m excited to see what he thinks since we both like that sort of humor.
The characters were quite funny and unique. My favorite is Gustave, the talking goat, who is fed up with everyone trying to eat him. I also like the evil wizard who wanted to be able harness his full power and be able to conjure up crackers for his cheese. It seemed like a good reason to want evil powers (although shouldn’t it have been cookies?).
The different takes on fairytales and some other popular fantasy movies/books was hilarious. I loved the pun on words and quoting other movies without actually quoting them. I can tell the authors had a great time writing this book and hope they make a book similar to this later.