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2019 April Loan Stars Top Adult Picks

No Country for Old Gnomes
The Tales of Pell
By (author): Kevin Hearne By (author): Delilah S. Dawson
9781524797775 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure Apr 16, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.35 x 9.49 x 1.4 in 416 pages 1 MAP Del Rey
Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

It takes only one halfling bomb, and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

In No Country for Old Gnomes, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy. Here you’ll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you’ll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate.

Story Locale: Fantasy World

TWO NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS: Dawson’s most recent success is Star Wars: Phasma. Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles are staples on the New York Times bestseller lists.

FOLLOWS KILL THE FARM BOY (7/18) WITH MORE PELL TO COME: The Princess Beard concludes the series in October 2019.

EACH VOLUME IS A STANDALONE: All books in the series are set in the same world, but are designed to tell a satisfying, all-in-one-volume story.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR KILL THE FARM BOY: “When you put two authors of this high caliber together, expect fireworks. Or at least laughs. What a hoot!”—Terry Brooks; “Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne have rigged up an absurdly funny fantasy riff on the Chosen One story, and it had me laughing from literally the name of the first chapter. Kill the Farm Boy ranks among the best of Christopher Moore and Terry Pratchett and is not to be missed.”—Chuck Wendig; “A rollicking fantasy adventure that upends numerous genre tropes in audacious style, the first installment of Dawson and Hearne’s Tales of Pell series is a laugh-out-loud-funny fusion of Monty Python-esque humor and whimsy à la Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.”—Kirkus Reviews.

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Phasma, Hit, Servants of the Storm, the Blud series, the creator-owned comics Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk, and the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen). She lives in Florida with her family and a fat mutt named Merle.

Author Residence: Ontario, Canada (Hearne) and Lutz, FL (Dawson)

Author Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ (Hearne) and Roswell, GA (Dawson)

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“Hilarious …Dawson and Hearne present another puntastic adventure set in the universe of their Tales of Pell series [with] laugh-out-loud trials, tribulations, and wanderings of a completely new band of endearing eccentrics.”Booklist
No Country For Old Gnomes is good fun, full of laughs, clever details, and characters…in whom you may see a little of yourself.”Elitist Book Reviews
“[A] hilarious new fantasy comedy.”Bustle

“A complete delight, as fluffy and fun as The Lego Movie and as heartfelt as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”Locus

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