Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson – Review

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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.

Review: 4.5 Stars

Kill the Farm boy is an extremely humorous book about “questing” in a fantasy world where things tend to go wrong in the most unlikely of ways. I picked this book up because I needed to smile and it made me laugh repeatedly. But it is more than just a funny book, it is also a great fantasy read that just so happens to be endlessly entertaining.

The cast of characters all seemed to be unlikely members of a hero’s journey. I found that they each added to the story in their own way. While I wanted them all to make it, this was certainly a story where you never knew what would happen next and characters weren’t guaranteed to survive.

While this story was filled with jokes and made fun of tropes, it was one of the best quest stories that I have read in a long time. It isn’t fast paced, but it is an enjoyable read the whole way through. The characters go through really hard trials and it does have that fairy tale feel to it. While it is a bit of a parody there is a good plot at the center of it. There are many laughs, but it is also a great tale, a bit like The Princess Bride.

This funny tale had a memorable cast, a good plot and plenty of laughs along the way. I was a bit afraid that it wouldn’t have a good focus on the plot, but it was actually great. I want to check out other books written by these two authors, but you can guarantee that I will be back for the sequel.


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  1. I keep picking this up and putting it back. I’ll flip it open and read a little, it reminds me of Piers Anthony’s groaner-pun writing more than TerryPratchett’s more subtle humor, but maybe I’ll give it a go. 🙂


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