Originally hosted by Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday has now linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings and it’s exactly as it sounds: we post about books that haven’t been published yet, but we’re salivating by the time the publication date hits.
This week, the reason I freaked out to my boyfriend and told him I’m ecstatic about a book with the tagline “Once A Pun A Time” is:
Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Publication Date: July 17th, 2018
In an irreverent new series in the tradition of Terry Pratchett novels and The Princess Bride, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Star Wars: Phasma reinvent fantasy, fairy tales, and floridly written feast scenes.
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.
So, ironically enough, I haven’t actually read either Dawson or Hearne. *hides from picketers and rioting crowds* It isn’t that I don’t have the desire to. I’ve been meaning to read Dawson for a while. Her threads on Twitter give me hope almost always and are either totally relatable (hello anxiety) or teach me so much, as a fellow writer without the publications, that I’ve always meant to read her work and support her in that way. Hearne’s The Iron Druid chronicles sound like an urban fantasy series that I definitely should have in my collection, considering how much I f-ing love urban fantasy. Apparently I just keep, uhm, forgetting to check these authors out?
*unsuccessfully dodges a tomato*
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to check out either of their independent works before Kill the Farm Boy comes out, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m reading this book as close to the publication date as I can (I mean, I have already requested my local library pick up a copy of this book, but if that fails, then I’ll be buying a copy myself). I mean, seriously, look at that premise? The humor promises to be fantastic and the all of those twisted tropes and familiar aspects I’ve always loved in fantasy turned on their heads?
This novel cannot come out soon enough.