Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
If you take your favorite fairy tale and mix in some slightly off character tropes, unusual food choices, and really bad puns-you still wouldn't come close to describing this book. Kill the Farm Boy is a hilarious and fast paced take on slightly off-kilter fairy tale retellings.
Worstley has the worst job on the farm: he's the pooboy. At least, that's what the animals think of him. But Worstley's fortune changes drastically when a pixie named Staph tells him of his status as the destined Chosen One who must go save the princess who is cursed with a sleeping spell at the very top of a tall tower in a land far away...This would have all been far more impressive had the Pixie not been drunk, haggard, and only wearing one sock but the Pixie Staph demonstrates her power by giving Worstely's billy goat, Gustave, the ability of speech. Unfortunately the goat has some major attitude and a huge hankering for leather.
This sets off a hilarious tale of a rag tag group of warriors, fuzzy bunnies, and a wizard whose magic is as weak as his scraggly beard. We have Argabella, cursed to remain awake at the castle while everyone else is sleeping away for years. Oh, and she was also turned in to an incredibly large rabbit. She is somewhat saved by Fia, a giantess warrior who sees nothing wrong with her chain mail bikini and has a blood thirsty sword. Together, they set off to Lord Toby to help right a horrible wrong only to find an incompetent wizard who is better at planning dinner parties than a spell. With the "help" of his rogue assassin Poltro who can be scary when she isn't hiding from evil chickens, they set off to find the Chosen One and Grinda the Sand Witch.
Full of puns, witty banter, and a colorful cast of supporting characters, this book is laugh out loud hilarious. No fairy tale is safe from mockery and no character too precious to be made fun of. Mercilessly. I highly enjoyed this book. I have read nearly all of the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne-and I highly recommend that series- but this is my first book from Delilah S. Dawson and I just can't say enough how delightful this book was.
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Kill the Farm Boys is available July 17th from Del Rey Books.
Thank you to Netgalley and Del Rey for the opportunity to read and review this book!