Monday, September 30, 2019

The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

She's a princess who is in a tower under a spell.  She wouldn't marry the man the King wanted her to so that's her punishment.  When she awakens, she finds her fingernails and toenails are all extremely long, as is her hair.  She first cuts her nails and then her long hair.  She decides to leave her beard alone.  It makes a good disguise...

Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th.

She heads out away from the tower.  The next town has a diner in it and she goes in to eat.  There she meets some pirates and asks to join them.  The captain is a parrot.  Besides his regular crew, he has a centaur on board.  He can do magic with food.  Doesn't sound like much but blocking cannons with sticky frosting is useful...

They are looking for treasure.  Patrol boats are looking for them.  So are monsters from the deep.  I think the scariest part is when they meet these nice folks who clean them all up, massage them, and then when they go back to the hot springs they get dropped into a soup pot.  The nice folks are cannibals!  Can they escape?

It's a busy tale with all kinds of outlandish things in it, but it's great fun to read.  You won't be bored!

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