A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

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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.
Publisher: Toronto :, Puffin Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735265356
Branch Call Number: J ARM
Characteristics: 268 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Daumarie, Xavière

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vpl_childrens Nov 30, 2020

PERFECT PRESENTS 2019: (Interest level: gr.4-7) Twins Rowan and Rhydd were born in the wrong order. Rowan, the firstborn, is destined to be queen while Rhydd is being trained as the kingdom's monster hunter. Rowan yearns to hunt monsters and follows her brother on his hunts whenever she can. When Rhydd is seriously injured, Rowan is thrust into the position that she has coveted and discovers that she still has a lot to learn. The kingdom is depending on her.

A very complex and realistic story for a middle school level book. It was almost allegorical in its accurate representation of the emotions and actions people take when they encounter an obstacle in their lives.

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