Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson – The Princess Beard

This princess can shave herself! The hilarious best-selling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.

When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails – which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.

This is not a story about finding true loves kiss – it’s a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First theres Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then theres Tempest, whos determined to become the first dryad lawyer – preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. Theyre joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Snarchivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and youve got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!

In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.

Author: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Duration: 13 hours 11 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I am not sure if it was the rush to publish three books in under 2 years or what, but they really should have just kept to one book in this series. After Kill the Farm Boy it has just been more sophmoric wordplay and pop culture references, that worked in KTFB but in the past two books come off for me as tired and uninspired. At some points even the great Luke Daniels sounds like he is phoning it in. I hope that this is the last Pell book for quite a while and that Hearne’s next books bring back the consistency of the rest of his published body of work.