No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Available April 16, 2019

After the halflings destroy Offi’s home and send his family off on a journey to find sanctuary amongst the humans, Offi teams up with a rag-tag crew of gnomes, halflings, ovitaurs, dwarves and a killer gryphon who loves eggs.  Together they must find out who is causing the increasing tensions between the gnomes and halflings and find out the mystery behind a golden metal man.

This book is both funny and snarky and it was an absolute pleasure to read.  The gnomes have a fascination with cardigans-and as a librarian I completely understand why-and the rules of beard and cardigan etiquette were quite funny.  I mean, there is a goth gnome in this story. Yes, a goth gnome! Gerd the Gryphon has been exiled from her flock because of her love of fluffy, gourmet omelets.  I don’t have any desire to partake in a fluffy omelet generously sprinkled with crickets and ladybugs, but Gerd is willing to do just about anything to make that happen.  

We also get some old friends in our story such as Goode Kingge Gustave the Greate, our former goat now King and is immediately invested in the gnome’s cause when he learns that both male and female gnomes have beards.   What other reasons does he need?

I found this story to be fast paced and absolutely hysterical. The different ways that the authors use word play and the tweaking of familiar tales was incredibly entertaining.  If you liked the first book in the series, Kill the Farm Boy, you won’t be disappointed.

With their hilarious wit and fun twist on the old fairy tale tropes, Dawson and Hearne have written an incredibly amusing tale of friendship and found family.  

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Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.  All opinions are my own.