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A royal guide to monster slaying

by Armstrong, Kelley,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 13 copies
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Summary
Monster hunting isn't for the faint of heart -- the first in a brand-new middle-grade series by NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.

Twelve-year-old Rowan is destined to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the oldest child is always next in line, even if she is only older by two minutes. She resigns herself to admiring her monster hunting aunt's glorious sword and joining her queen mother for boring diplomatic teas. But tragedy shatters the longstanding rule, and Rowan finds herself hunting the most dangerous monster of all: a gryphon.
Accompanied by a feisty baby jackalope and a giant wolf that barely tolerates her, Rowan sets off on a journey that will see her join other unlikely allies: a boy with monster-hunting ambitions of his own, and a girl hiding dangerous motives. It will take all of Rowan's skills, both physical and diplomatic, to keep this adventure on track. The future of her kingdom depends on it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Twelve-year-old Rowan is a princess destined for political life on the throne, despite being better suited to the role of monster hunter. Hers is an Arthurian world where several brown-skinned clans are united under the protection of Rowan's mother, the queen. It's also a world populated by a menagerie of fantastical beasts, the most fearsome being the gryphon. After a clash with this terrible monster awesomely rendered in savage glory tragedy befalls Rowan's family. Suddenly, she's next in line to be the royal monster hunter, but first she must go forth on a quest to slay the rogue gryphon. All of Armstrong's choices are made in service of absorbing entertainment, to great success. She avoids the archaic in favor of modern language that kids will appreciate, and while the combat sometimes comes off as slightly cartoonish, she doesn't shy away from violence. Blood flies and bones crunch, though humane treatment of animals is promoted. This is an action-stuffed, perfectly paced adventure that introduces a world to which thrill-seeking readers will be ravenous to return. Happily, sequels will follow.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As the oldest child, Rowan, 12, has always known she'd be Queen, but she envies her twin brother, Rhydd, who is in line to become Royal Monster Hunter (but would make a better consort). Nevertheless, she spends her time learning about myriad creatures. However, after their Aunt Jannah is slain in a gryphon attack, just as their father was, and Rhydd is badly injured, Rowan must step into the role she's always dreamed of fulfilling. Accompanied by a jackalope and an enormous wolf, Rowan sets out to find the person who can help train her for the monumental task ahead: to fight and slay the gryphon. As she forges unlikely friendships and alliances, she develops a growing understanding of her weighty responsibility to her people while seeking to understand and respect the monsters she hunts, doing as little harm as possible. Weaving in themes of family, duty, and conservation, YA author Armstrong (the Darkness Rising trilogy) offers a gripping middle grade debut in an imaginative fantasy world populated by fascinating creatures. Readers will hope that there is more planned for Rowan and her growing entourage of monsters and misfits. A monster field guide concludes. Ages 10--14. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Twins -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Quests (Expeditions) -- Juvenile fiction.
Monsters -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Quests (Expeditions) -- Fiction.
Monsters -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Fantasy.
Action and adventure fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher [Toronto, Ontario, Canada] :2019
Contributors Daumarie, Xavière, illustrator.
Language English
Description 268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780735265356
0735265356
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