A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
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 next in line to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the rule is, the oldest child is next in line, even if she is only older by two minutes. She resigns herself to admiring her royal monster hunter aunt's official sword and having tea with dignitaries with her mother, the queen. But a tragic event breaks up longstanding rules, and now Rowan finds herself in hunt of a dangerous gryphon.Accompanied by a feisty and determined baby jackalope and a giant wolf that barely tolerates her, she sets off on a journey that will see her join forces with other unlikely allies: a boy who has ambitions of his own to hunt monsters, and a girl from a nearby clan with hidden motives for befriending Rowan. It will take all of Rowan's skills, both physical and diplomatic, to keep this journey on track. The future of the kingdom depends on it.

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying Details

TitleA Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherPuffin Canada
ISBN-139780735265356
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying Review

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    "The best way to raid a camp is divert attention.  I am an expert at that. "  A Royal Guide to Monster Hunting has a lot to offer.  We get a diverse cast of characters, a strong-willed, kick-ass princess turned monster hunter and a deadly enemy - the gryphon! Throw is some great friendships, lots of adventures and so many fun mythical creatures and you got yourself this great story. I saw this pop up on the options to request over on Netgalley and I was instantly curious.  The cover drew me i "The best way to raid a camp is divert attention.  I am an expert at that. "  A Royal Guide to Monster Hunting has a lot to offer.  We get a diverse cast of characters, a strong-willed, kick-ass princess turned monster hunter and a deadly enemy - the gryphon! Throw is some great friendships, lots of adventures and so many fun mythical creatures and you got yourself this great story. I saw this pop up on the options to request over on Netgalley and I was instantly curious.  The cover drew me in - I saw a bunch of fun looking creatures and that is always a big draw for me - not sure much regular animals because they always kill them - but if I see mythical creatures, I'm usually in.  I was also familiar with the author and didn't know her to write middle-grade at all, so that piqued my interest.  I've liked her YA thriller work - I haven't read her fantasy stuff, but I know it's very popular.  Lastly, the author is Canadian - bonus points! I decided to request it, luckily I was approved and had a chance to read this little gem of a story. The story starts off where we meet our main protagonist, Rowan, a young princess who is destined to be queen but wants nothing to do with it and her brother, Rhydd, who by default must be the Royal Monster Hunter.  Both of them know they should be in the others spot because Rowan is the better hunter and Rhydd is much better at politics, but rules dictate differently.  As a Royal Monster Hunter, you must drive the creatures from civilization so that no one gets hurt - this sometimes means killing the creature.  The biggest threat are the gryphons, highly dangerous and hard to kill.  Without giving much away, Rhydd and his party run into a gryphon - many people are hurt, someone is killed and Rhydd is left without the ability to walk without an aid.  This changes everything and so Rowan finally gets a chance to prove herself as a monster hunter - she has to find someone to train her and that is where the real journey begins. Rowan is a fantastic character, she is headstrong, sometimes stubborn, intelligent, resourceful and kind.  Yes, she makes many mistakes but she learns and grows from them.  The lessons about kindness towards animals in beautiful in this story.  Rowan has a knack for communicating with many of the creatures and sometimes they even follow her.  She has a grumpy warg and a feisty jackalope in her party right off the bat, and I loved them with every inch of my being.  I would definitely recommend this story, it has a great adventure and some really fun humor and mythical creatures... did I mention the creatures?!?!!? Completely worth checking out and I believe this will be more than one book, but I'm unsure how many the author is planning on releasing. Thank you to Puffin Canada and Netgalley for an e-arc, in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsI loved this book. This is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by one of my favorite authors!The narrator is 12 year old Rowan (1st person POV). She is a princess and is supposed to be the next Queen. Her twin brother Rhydd will be the next Royal Monster Hunter. But she desperately wants that job.This was such an enjoyable book. What a cute story! It was filled with unicorns and monsters. And was such a great read. I knew that I loved this author (I've read and loved 4.5/ 5 starsI loved this book. This is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by one of my favorite authors!The narrator is 12 year old Rowan (1st person POV). She is a princess and is supposed to be the next Queen. Her twin brother Rhydd will be the next Royal Monster Hunter. But she desperately wants that job.This was such an enjoyable book. What a cute story! It was filled with unicorns and monsters. And was such a great read. I knew that I loved this author (I've read and loved so many of her adult and Young Adult books). But I was not sure how much I would like a book geared towards teens and tweens. I originally got the book to read with my 10 year old niece. But that did not end up happening. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. It kept my interest. I was not bored. Rowan was such a great heroine. She might have been only 12 years old, but I loved her. This was such a charming book. I absolutely cannot wait to continue this series.Thanks to netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was pretty cute middle grade book. I liked the main character, although her interactions with some of the people she met in her journey seemed a bit awkward and stilted. I also liked all of the magical creatures in the book, especially Jacko the Jackalope. I liked that there was a focus on helping or relocating the creatures if possible and learning more about them rather than just running in and killing everything because they can. It was m I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was pretty cute middle grade book. I liked the main character, although her interactions with some of the people she met in her journey seemed a bit awkward and stilted. I also liked all of the magical creatures in the book, especially Jacko the Jackalope. I liked that there was a focus on helping or relocating the creatures if possible and learning more about them rather than just running in and killing everything because they can. It was maybe a bit simplistic for me as an adult, but I think it would be very enjoyable for younger readers and I would possibly consider reading the next novel in the series.
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  • Bea
    January 1, 1970
    "A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying" was a fast-paced adventure story that was also sweet and gentle. There's kidnapping, death, and treachery but also strong familial bonds, caring, loyalty, and compassion. Told from the point of view of Rowan, destined to be the next ruler, we get to know Rowan well, but not her twin, Rhydd. He's less well fleshed out than his sister, and their uncle Heward is a cardboard cliche.Rowan and her twin Rhydd are bound by societal rules and expectations, to their dism "A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying" was a fast-paced adventure story that was also sweet and gentle. There's kidnapping, death, and treachery but also strong familial bonds, caring, loyalty, and compassion. Told from the point of view of Rowan, destined to be the next ruler, we get to know Rowan well, but not her twin, Rhydd. He's less well fleshed out than his sister, and their uncle Heward is a cardboard cliche.Rowan and her twin Rhydd are bound by societal rules and expectations, to their dismay, but soon they learn about being careful about what you wish for. The book has gentle lessons about kindness, acceptance, compassion, expectations, girl power, and perseverance, but it's not a moralist story. Those themes are woven into grand adventures that are full of danger. Rowan was quick-witted, capable, impulsive, stubborn, and a blend of naivete and maturity, innocence and wisdom. She made mistakes and usually learned from them and grew. At times she seemed older and more mature than I expected for a twelve-year-old.The "monsters", magical creatures really, were very well done and my favorite part of the story. Jacko the jackalope was fierce and adorable, and my heart bled for the warg, Malric. Armstrong took traditional mythological creatures, tweaked them a bit, and made them interesting. The back of the book has a mini field guide to magical creatures, with illustrations, as written by Rowan."A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying" was a fun, slightly improbable, but enjoyable fantasy with delightful illustrations.
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  • amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I've heard so many fantastic things about Kelley Armstrong but have never had the time to check out any of her books, I was so happy to see this available on Netgalley and I was not disappointed at all.First of all, the cover art is so cute and such a joy to see! It's so rare to see a fantasy novel where the main character is a person of color especially a young black girl so that is a delight.Reading this I was instantly engrossed. Meet Princess Rowan, she's a courageous, stubborn, and hardcore I've heard so many fantastic things about Kelley Armstrong but have never had the time to check out any of her books, I was so happy to see this available on Netgalley and I was not disappointed at all.First of all, the cover art is so cute and such a joy to see! It's so rare to see a fantasy novel where the main character is a person of color especially a young black girl so that is a delight.Reading this I was instantly engrossed. Meet Princess Rowan, she's a courageous, stubborn, and hardcore 12 year old. She is next in line to the throne but after the untimely death of her monster slaying aunt she finds herself as the successor as the royal monster. BUT and of course there's always a but, that's only possible if she kills the dreaded gryphon that plagues her kingdom and killed both her father and aunt. She's on a quest! And she of course meets all kinds of danger along the way but she also befriends both monsters and humans alike.I cannot rave about this book enough. It was so sweet and enjoyable and I was on pins and needles the entire time. The characters were hilarious and the creatures seemed sweet and scary. Kelly Armstrong usually writes more adult fiction novels but she's also seemed to find her niche in middle grade and it's fantastic.Thanks very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Soup
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful and diverse fantasy novel (the first, it seems, of a series!) aimed at kids. Fans of magical monsters, adventure, and fantasy are sure to love it. In a market saturated by delicate white princesses with blonde flowing hair, it's great to see a black princess who saves both herself and her kingdom. Humorous and action-packed in turn, I hope this book finds many eager readers.12 year old Princess Rowan is first born which means, per her clan's traditions, she is fated to be queen while h Wonderful and diverse fantasy novel (the first, it seems, of a series!) aimed at kids. Fans of magical monsters, adventure, and fantasy are sure to love it. In a market saturated by delicate white princesses with blonde flowing hair, it's great to see a black princess who saves both herself and her kingdom. Humorous and action-packed in turn, I hope this book finds many eager readers.12 year old Princess Rowan is first born which means, per her clan's traditions, she is fated to be queen while her younger (by two minutes) brother is fated to be the kingdom's designated royal monster slayer. But Rowan has a gift for monsters which her brother lacks and when the opportunity comes for her to switch future careers with her sibling, Rowan takes it. Now, however, Rowan must defeat a murderous gryphon to retain both the coveted role of royal monster slayer and keep her family on the throne. ARC via NetGalley
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  • Sharon Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong is the first book in a new middle grade to young adult fantasy series. It is currently scheduled for release on August 6 2019.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 A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong is the first book in a new middle grade to young adult fantasy series. It is currently scheduled for release on August 6 2019.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.A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying might be the tradition hero's quest, but the quirky characters and humor kept it from feeling like it. Rowan is impulsive and stubborn, but she also has a good understanding of her skills and her faults. I like that she learned from her missteps, and even when she knows a choice might not be the smartest, she tries to stick with what she thinks is right. Her brother, mother, and extended crew of family and friends all seem to be cut from the same cloth, looking to do the right thing and protect others as best they can even when things are looking bad for them personally. I liked the introduction and development of the secondary characters that are clearly going to be important as the story continues, although I am already starting to dread the almost inevitable romance that I fear will come in future installments. I love a great romance, but I feel like too often love or crushes are tossed into adventure and fantasy stories as one more problem for characters to deal with rather than just having a solid friendship without romantic implications. It can and should happen in real life, so it would be nice to see it happen more often in stories as well. I did enjoy the story, and thought there were some great moments of humor and inventiveness I was kind of hoping for a little more. I have greatly enjoyed Armstrong's work in the past and I think I was expecting to be blown away but I just was not.A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying is a good story of a strong girl taking control of her future and doing everything she can to help other people (and creatures) along the way.
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  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    This new middle-grade adventure is perfect to introduce the kids in your life to the wonderful joy of reading in general and reading Kelley Armstrong in particular. But it's also a fun diverting read for (young-at-heart) adults with a free afternoon on their hands. I was thoroughly entertained, despite being far outside the age range of the target audience.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I wish this wasn't the case - I adore Kelley's novels - but this was a DNF @ 53% and I'm honestly surprised I pushed myself to reach that point. While there was nothing inherently bad about this one, it was just so. boring. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't care about the world, I didn't care royal decrees were being shattered by a pair of siblings taking on the roles that should be the other's birthright.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I love fantasy adventure middle grade books. I’ve read enough of them, though, that sometimes they start seeming a little similar to me. There’s only so many kingdoms that need saving from various monsters. I was expecting more of the same when I saw the title A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, but Kelley Armstrong surprised me with a breath of fresh air that had me grinning and engaged for all 288 pages!Princess Rowan doesn’t want to be queen–she wants to be the royal monster hunter. But true to I love fantasy adventure middle grade books. I’ve read enough of them, though, that sometimes they start seeming a little similar to me. There’s only so many kingdoms that need saving from various monsters. I was expecting more of the same when I saw the title A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, but Kelley Armstrong surprised me with a breath of fresh air that had me grinning and engaged for all 288 pages!Princess Rowan doesn’t want to be queen–she wants to be the royal monster hunter. But true to the rule, “be careful what you wish for,” her wish doesn’t come to her without a tragedy. Sent on a training mission, Rowan meets creatures of all kinds–human and monster alike–and has to overcome everything from politics to a gryphon in order to achieve her dream. But she takes up the sword and fights for her new title tooth and nail…even if it means facing her greatest fear.Kids who went into the Fantastic Beast movies looking for magical creatures of all shapes and sizes and an adventure to discover them, and instead a found dark, ominous plot about oppression will want to give this book a try. There is a great plot–an absolutely wonderful plot about a girl growing into the role she’s always wanted and been best suited for, and learning how to do it well–but there is also an element of nature documentary. Each part of Rowan’s adventure introduces a new creature, from jackalopes (attack bunnies!) to pegasi, from giant spiders to gryphons, and her quick thinking and bravery in facing each of them teaches both Rowan and readers about these wondrous beasts. This book is very much an awesome adventure of growing up and facing fears, but it’s also a walk in the woods to take a look at what magic can be found.This book satisfied my (perhaps very specific) itch for a Steve Irwin-but-magical-creatures story. The engaging and endearing characters have a similar energy and excitement about the beasts they encounter, and their enthusiasm makes the book a thrill ride. And the creatures really shine in this book, of course, and had me wanting more.It’s a great blend of all the things I love about middle grade fantasy books, and I can’t wait for the next one!
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  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    On the surface, everything about this book was right up my alley. I really wanted to like it. Magical creatures, girl power, defying gender norms, character diversity, but unfortunately it fell flat for me. It was still written from a colonialist, patriarchal perspective, which revealed itself all too well in the character interactions. There were very uncritical cultural judgements made between characters that revealed a sense of moral superiority and lack of empathy. Even though there was a lo On the surface, everything about this book was right up my alley. I really wanted to like it. Magical creatures, girl power, defying gender norms, character diversity, but unfortunately it fell flat for me. It was still written from a colonialist, patriarchal perspective, which revealed itself all too well in the character interactions. There were very uncritical cultural judgements made between characters that revealed a sense of moral superiority and lack of empathy. Even though there was a lot of heroism from the cis female protagonist, there was still a troubling sense of internalized misogyny in the protagonist’s interaction with cis male characters.Maybe I expect too much from middle-grade books, but I just really wanted this to be better than it was... IMO, this is a quintessential example of how character diversity is less important or impactful than author diversity.
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  • Breane Ross
    January 1, 1970
    Received an arc from netalley. LOVED this book! This is a great start to a new series by Kelley Armstrong. Highly recommend it!
  • KSS
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It defied many tropes that I'm used to seeing in this type of story. The main character comes from a royal line that chooses its rulers based on who was born first and the hunter by who is born after. Though Rowan and her twin are better suited for each other's positions, there's nothing they can do about the rules. But no one-in her Clan anyway-tries to say she can't be Queen or Royal Monster Hunter because she's a girl. It's no big deal at all. The book only brings I really enjoyed this book. It defied many tropes that I'm used to seeing in this type of story. The main character comes from a royal line that chooses its rulers based on who was born first and the hunter by who is born after. Though Rowan and her twin are better suited for each other's positions, there's nothing they can do about the rules. But no one-in her Clan anyway-tries to say she can't be Queen or Royal Monster Hunter because she's a girl. It's no big deal at all. The book only brings up these sexist thoughts when Rowan meets Alianor, a girl from another clan who wants to be warlord. She can't because her clan doesn't believe in female leaders-but they can be fighters and teachers-even if it means her brother who is the literal worst for the job leads instead. I do wish we got a fully black protagonist. Because the author is white, I wasn't surprised that Rowan had "honey brown curls" instead of kinky hair/kinky curls (any talk about hair styling or something) and "green eyes and freckles". But I loved that her mom is the ruler since she's the one who her black heritage seems to come from. The author did do great for the most part about not comparing peoples skin tones to food and we didn't get a "default skin tone/color assumption" about the characters.She also had to fight for everything. She wasn't just a girl with a magical talent to bond/talk with animals, she had to fight for it. Earn their trust and people's trust and that wasn't always easy. Sometimes she screwed up and made mistakes but she acknowledged and learned from them. The only other hang up I had was she did not sound like a twelve year old. And I hate when authors write younger characters and call themselves "kids". Most kids/teens I know don't really refer to themselves like this and I feel like its inauthentic. Otherwise, can't wait for the next one!
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    Just like all other teen books by Kelley Armstrong this one started off with a bang and never slowed down. I found the characters in this novel very easy to relate to, they all had their own problems to deal with but they we something that didn't overpower the main characters. This book had lots of adventure as well as action and throw in a mix of mythical monsters and creatures you have a story that can draw the reader in and hold them interested throughout. The book starts out with our main ch Just like all other teen books by Kelley Armstrong this one started off with a bang and never slowed down. I found the characters in this novel very easy to relate to, they all had their own problems to deal with but they we something that didn't overpower the main characters. This book had lots of adventure as well as action and throw in a mix of mythical monsters and creatures you have a story that can draw the reader in and hold them interested throughout. The book starts out with our main character Rowan. She is a princess and bound to her princess duties and that means being proper and not going on monster hunts like brother older twin brother (Rhyd) gets to do. When Rowan gets the chance to change rolls with her brother and become the monster slayer herself she jumps at the opportunity. However now she must defeat the monster in order to keep her new title as monster slayer failure but as well to keep her family's position as royalty. I liked this book because it was full of fantasy but also adventure and powerful female characters. It is everything I loved when I was a young adult reader and everything I still enjoy now. I wish that there were more book like this when I was in that age group but I'm very happy to see Kelley Armstrong taking on that challenge and succeeding greatly. This book is one that every young girl should read. Another thing that I found very interesting about this books was the monsters weren't all the ones that you've read about millions of times dragons etc, they were rarer ones that you don't hear about like the jackalope. It was nice to learn more about these types of monsters. Great book and I'm very glad I got the chance to check it out.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.By being born first, Princess Rowan is destined for the throne. But she'd rather be studying monsters and practicing her sword skills. Alas, the position of Royal Monster Hunter shall go to her twin brother, Rhydd, per tradition. Never mind that he'd be way better for the throne than she'd be, tradition is tradition. Until things go horribly wrong, and a gryphon attack leaves her aunt dead and Rhydd injured, and now I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.By being born first, Princess Rowan is destined for the throne. But she'd rather be studying monsters and practicing her sword skills. Alas, the position of Royal Monster Hunter shall go to her twin brother, Rhydd, per tradition. Never mind that he'd be way better for the throne than she'd be, tradition is tradition. Until things go horribly wrong, and a gryphon attack leaves her aunt dead and Rhydd injured, and now Rowan is taking up the ebony sword...Well. She will be. Once she's done with her training. With her aunt's warg and an orphaned jackalope by her side, Rowan is off on an adventure to fulfill her destiny, geek out over monsters, and be the most ferocious princess in all the land.An amazing middle grade novel, "A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying" is a great beginning to Rowan's journey as she goes from Princess to Monster Hunter. Along the way, she makes mistakes, learns from them, takes charge, and makes some new friends. As much as her journey is physical and will involve a lot of learning, a great part of her journey is psychological. She has to make tough decisions at the age of 12, some that determine whether she lives or dies, but also she has to deal with some pretty heavy mental baggage. She watched her aunt die and blames herself, and as a result has Post-Traumatic Stress nightmares. She doubts she'll be as good of a leader as her parents and aunt. But Rowan's got a big heart and a love for the monsters that she protects her people from (sometimes, being a Monster Hunter means really being a Monster-Trapper-and-Relocater; killing the monsters is a last-ditch plan). Rowan is a fantastic, realistic character, and I can't wait for her next adventure!
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    The Royal Guide to Monster Slaying presents a middle-grade fantasy world replete with many different mythical monsters (some good, some deadly), lots of action and adventures, and a determined female protagonist. 12-year-old Princess Rowan is strong-minded and impulsive, often jumping into the thick of things without thinking things through. She is also kind and has a special ability to relate to animals. In her determination to become the next royal monster hunter, she travels to meet Wilmot wh The Royal Guide to Monster Slaying presents a middle-grade fantasy world replete with many different mythical monsters (some good, some deadly), lots of action and adventures, and a determined female protagonist. 12-year-old Princess Rowan is strong-minded and impulsive, often jumping into the thick of things without thinking things through. She is also kind and has a special ability to relate to animals. In her determination to become the next royal monster hunter, she travels to meet Wilmot who can train her in monster-hunting skills. On the way she is joined by a jackalope and two other children her age. Together they face danger and adversity, each using his or her special abilities to mitigate the menace before them. This is the first in a new series by Kelley Armstrong and, as with her other novels, The Royal Guide to Monster Slaying captures your attention from the very start and keeps it throughout. I’m looking forward to reading upcoming novels about this mythical kingdom and its royal family. Great for the entire family, not just middle-graders.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diana Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for allowing me to review Kelley Armstrong’s A royal guide to monster slaying. This new fantasy series by Kelley is for middle grade school kids but don’t be fooled – this fantasy action series is fabulous for any age! Once again, Kelley gives us a wonderful world filled with strong characters, this time with mythical creatures - some of my all time favourites; unicorns, Pegasus’, gryphons - and a brand new favourite…a jackalope! You will meet Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for allowing me to review Kelley Armstrong’s A royal guide to monster slaying. This new fantasy series by Kelley is for middle grade school kids but don’t be fooled – this fantasy action series is fabulous for any age! Once again, Kelley gives us a wonderful world filled with strong characters, this time with mythical creatures - some of my all time favourites; unicorns, Pegasus’, gryphons - and a brand new favourite…a jackalope! You will meet Rowan, a determined princess, who wants to become the next Royal Monster Hunter, a role that is supposed to belong to her twin brother. Rowen often reacts before thinking, but her heart is as big as her courage, and while trying to protect her brother, tragedy strikes. Rowan sets off to find Wilmot, a Monster hunter to train her but will she be able to complete her mission? The story is fast-paced, and humorous. There is an illustrated monster guide at the end, that is fun and informative. Looking forward to the 2nd book in the series!
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  • Mandi Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so great!! I originally picked it up because of the author, Kelley Armstrong. I've read several of her adult and young adult novels and loved them, so I was excited to see a junior fiction book and a fantasy one no less! I was not disappointed. The pacing is quick, no lags at all, it is easy and fast to read. I really enjoyed the main character, Rowan and all the interesting monsters and friends she makes along the way. This is a fabulous first entry into what I hope is a multiple This book was so great!! I originally picked it up because of the author, Kelley Armstrong. I've read several of her adult and young adult novels and loved them, so I was excited to see a junior fiction book and a fantasy one no less! I was not disappointed. The pacing is quick, no lags at all, it is easy and fast to read. I really enjoyed the main character, Rowan and all the interesting monsters and friends she makes along the way. This is a fabulous first entry into what I hope is a multiple book series, it certainly seems to be setting it up that way. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially mom's with fierce and fabulous daughters that want to read books about strong, independent girls like themselves. I plan on reading it to my daughter soon. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me have a copy to read and review!
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  • Teri B
    January 1, 1970
    Compared to the ending, this book does have a somewhat slow start. But then wow, what a story Kelley Armstrong tells here. We meet Rowan and Rhydd, twins of the current ruling family over the clan territories. Their mother is the current queen, their father died, trying to kill a Gryphon as the Royal Monster Slayer.In this book we follow Rowan who wants nothing more be than a royal monster hunter at some time. She sets out onto a adventure that tests her limits, her understanding of herself and Compared to the ending, this book does have a somewhat slow start. But then wow, what a story Kelley Armstrong tells here. We meet Rowan and Rhydd, twins of the current ruling family over the clan territories. Their mother is the current queen, their father died, trying to kill a Gryphon as the Royal Monster Slayer.In this book we follow Rowan who wants nothing more be than a royal monster hunter at some time. She sets out onto a adventure that tests her limits, her understanding of herself and how she wants to relate to others around her be it human or animal or monster.Loved the story ark as well as the relationship between humans and animals that is continually discussed in this book as well as the fact that we spend most of the time out in nature.And do I have to say it? Me, too, I want a baby jackalope, warrior bunny extraordinaire.
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  • Denice Langley
    January 1, 1970
    Kelley Armstrong has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. She weaves her stories using layered characters and well defined communities and back stories to make reading her books an experience in excellent writing. She is definitely a master of her craft, using her skills to entertain her fans.This is a new series in a new genre. I read the book quickly, the story of the royal twins who must earn the right to serve and protect the populace of their kingdoms from monsters that wou Kelley Armstrong has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. She weaves her stories using layered characters and well defined communities and back stories to make reading her books an experience in excellent writing. She is definitely a master of her craft, using her skills to entertain her fans.This is a new series in a new genre. I read the book quickly, the story of the royal twins who must earn the right to serve and protect the populace of their kingdoms from monsters that would attack and ruin livelihoods. The twins are surrounded by people and monsters who are supposed to help them but the results are not always what was expected. Ms Armstrong has built the back story so the characters should be with us for many more escapades, thank goodness. While the target age for this is young adult, I enjoyed it immensely.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read one of this author’s YA books and wasn’t a fan. I didn't realize she also wrote middle grade. This sounded like a cute palate cleanser so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did. I sped through this book in one sitting because it was wonderful light read. The characters are relatable and you want them to succeed. I think I also liked that there were relationships without romance. YA stories get bogged down by the romance; it’s refreshing to read an adventure story that’s just adven I’ve read one of this author’s YA books and wasn’t a fan. I didn't realize she also wrote middle grade. This sounded like a cute palate cleanser so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did. I sped through this book in one sitting because it was wonderful light read. The characters are relatable and you want them to succeed. I think I also liked that there were relationships without romance. YA stories get bogged down by the romance; it’s refreshing to read an adventure story that’s just adventure and friendship. It was easy to forgot that these were preteens. This is the start a new series so the story has been left a bit open ended to continue in the next book; no cliffhangers though.ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get the wrong idea because of the cover! This is Kelley Armstrong and the book is, of course, suitable for a middle grade audience, but the delightful romp with twelve-year-old Princess Rowan is not limited to any age group.Kelley Armstrong has the ability to pull the reader into whatever world her imagination creates, and youngsters from 10-80 are likely to become completely immersed in the monster hunting adventures of Rowan and friends.A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying is the first in Ar Don't get the wrong idea because of the cover! This is Kelley Armstrong and the book is, of course, suitable for a middle grade audience, but the delightful romp with twelve-year-old Princess Rowan is not limited to any age group.Kelley Armstrong has the ability to pull the reader into whatever world her imagination creates, and youngsters from 10-80 are likely to become completely immersed in the monster hunting adventures of Rowan and friends.A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying is the first in Armstrong's new series, and I can't wait for the next one!Read in June. Blog review scheduled for July 28, 2019.NetGalley/Penguin Random House CanadaMiddle Grade/Fantasy. Aug. 6, 2018. Print length: 288 pages
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  • Marty Tool
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. I want the next one NOW. Hopefully it won't be a year to wait. Lots of action, well paced story of the princess who wants to be The monster Hunter, and for her brother to be king, not the way it currently stands, they both know each other would be better in the reverse roles. Rowen decides she needs to watch her brother's back when he goes off to hunt with their aunt. Along the way she meets unexpected creatures who just won't leave her side. Excitement, death, self questioning Loved this book. I want the next one NOW. Hopefully it won't be a year to wait. Lots of action, well paced story of the princess who wants to be The monster Hunter, and for her brother to be king, not the way it currently stands, they both know each other would be better in the reverse roles. Rowen decides she needs to watch her brother's back when he goes off to hunt with their aunt. Along the way she meets unexpected creatures who just won't leave her side. Excitement, death, self questioning and using logic and keeping calm are all needed to survive her ordeals. Adventure abounds and they never let up for this fun ride of a new series, I can't wait to share this book with a 13 and 10 year old who I think will binge read this like I did.
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  • Tamra
    January 1, 1970
    A Royal Guide to Moster Slaying is a lovely middle-grade fantasy book. We see a young girl, Rowan, trapped by societies rules as she wants to be more than a princess. She wants to be a monster hunter, her brother is expected to be one. The story reminds me of the Song of the Lioness in a way, as both siblings feel trapped. The book has enjoyable lessons about kindness, acceptance, and perseverance. Those who like magical beasts will love this book and all the creatures in it. I was surprised to A Royal Guide to Moster Slaying is a lovely middle-grade fantasy book. We see a young girl, Rowan, trapped by societies rules as she wants to be more than a princess. She wants to be a monster hunter, her brother is expected to be one. The story reminds me of the Song of the Lioness in a way, as both siblings feel trapped. The book has enjoyable lessons about kindness, acceptance, and perseverance. Those who like magical beasts will love this book and all the creatures in it. I was surprised to see Kelly Armstrong as the author. I hope to see more from her in the Juvenile Collection. Thank you, NetGalley, for the advanced copy of this book.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Read-alike: How to Train your Dragon by Cressida CrowellFor fans of Pixar's Brave or Universals' Fantastic Beasts and where to find them films, here is a read for those who enjoy strong female characters, a middle-grade novel that DOES NOT feature romance or angst, but instead features strong-minded and smart characters, a lot of great humor, and some truly unique "monsters" and what that definition is... Join Rowan, the future queen-to-be, Alainor, a girl from a neighboring clan, and a mysterio Read-alike: How to Train your Dragon by Cressida CrowellFor fans of Pixar's Brave or Universals' Fantastic Beasts and where to find them films, here is a read for those who enjoy strong female characters, a middle-grade novel that DOES NOT feature romance or angst, but instead features strong-minded and smart characters, a lot of great humor, and some truly unique "monsters" and what that definition is... Join Rowan, the future queen-to-be, Alainor, a girl from a neighboring clan, and a mysterious young archer, Dain, as they set off on a journey to battle monsters, men, and even a potentially killer-bunny?
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  • Viviane Elbee
    January 1, 1970
    Fun fantasy book with all kinds of monsters and adventures. It’s got great pacing and plenty of suspense. There is some violence & death but no romance. I really enjoyed it and I think fans of other middle grade fantasy novels would enjoy this one too.I received an advanced reader copy at a library conference in Seattle.
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  • Raymond Library
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*I devoured this book. It was so amazing!!!! I really want my own Jackalope now. The characters were well written and the story was just so much fun. I really hope this turns into a series because I want more!
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*I devoured this book. It was so amazing!!!! I really want my own Jackalope now. The characters were well written and the story was just so much fun. I really hope this turns into a series because I want more!
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  • Joe ST
    January 1, 1970
    what a glorious little tale of heroism !!! I look forward to the sequel!
  • Sarah Batchelder
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! I can't wait for the next adventure.
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