A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

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....

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Title:A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
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A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying Reviews

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    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

    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.

  • Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars

    I 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 stars

    I 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.

  • Soup

    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

  • amanda

    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.

  • Chrissy

    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.

  • Megan

    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!

  • Sharon Tyler

    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.

  • Bea

    "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.

  • Devann

    This 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

    This 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.

  • Leah

    I wish this wasn't the case - I

    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

    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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