by Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
Series: The Tales of Pell #2
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 14 hours and 7 minutes
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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.
The Skyr is a rich, verdant land claimed by both halflings and gnomes. For centuries, the halflings have worked to undermine gnomish power structures and seize total control--through legal means, certainly, but more insidiously through their extensive organized crime network. Now, threatened with being pushed out entirely, the gnomes are desperate and ready to fight back. Gustave the Goat King faces his first test as a leader: Can he bring peace to a fraught region or will a civil war consume the entire kingdom?
No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne is the second novel in the Tales of Pell. This is not a continuation and works on its own. Fans of Monty Python will delight in this fantasy universe.
Narrated by Luke Daniels, I once again found myself in the land of Pell a fantastical kingdom filled with mystical creatures as a group of quirky characters band together on an honorable quest. We will meet many new faces beginning with Offi, a gnome whose land is under attack and see some familiar faces like King Gustave.
From their play on words, to twists on beloved tales such as Macbeth, Dawson and Hearne quickly pulled me in once all the players joined up. As with the first, I found it best to listen to only one or two chapters a night.
Be warned their quest meanders a bit from side quests to personal growth slowing the pace down and at times it felt disjointed. But it also played in my favor allowing me to listened at a slower pace and picking up on clever bits.
I found the story to be tighter than the previous book and enjoyed the characters. The humor and puns was toned down, but there were plenty of fandom references including Star Wars.
A war is waging between a sector of halflings and gnomes. Their quest involves the Great Library where they hope to find the original documents of the gnomeric and halfling civilizations. Joining the gnomes on their quest are an ovitaur named Agape. Agape is mostly human except for the bits that are sheep. I loved Daniels voice for her. We’ve got Halfling Faucon who loves upholding the law and adores his toe rings. Then there is an outcast gryphon, named Gerd and a dwarf named Båggi Biins. Each seeks answers to questions from the library. Omelettes, an automaatti, side-quests and dangers await them!
Luke Daniels completed this tale with his array of unique voices. Honestly, I do not understand how he kept them all straight. I laughed aloud at his antics. I generally listen to Daniels at 1.3x but slowed this down, as the story is meaty and required through chewing.
I would love to sit in on a writing session with these authors… I imagine they laugh almost as much as I did. Grab your headphones and begin your quest!#loveaudiobooks No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne offered a worthy quest, unique characters and lots of humor #mustlisten #TaleofPell Click To Tweet
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