The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell

The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell

Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling 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...

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Title:The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell
Author:Delilah S. Dawson
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The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell Reviews

  • Donna

    The Princess Beard is a puntastic laugh out loud gigglesnort of a good time read. This adventure of self-discovery is not without the occasional mishap but what doesn’t kill you … This tale is filled with epic wordplay and the occasional shout out to various adventurers past, present and future. I heartily recommend.

  • Karin Gorham

    It is true that if you combine Kevin Hearne's writing and Luke Daniels' narration I am there for it, but these Pell books are particularly wonderful. They have large casts of varied yet complete characters, plots that cover important current issues, in this case mostly environmental and terrible/terrific (it is a very fine line) puns.

    I love them all. I will probably reread them all frequently.

    READ THIS!

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne is the third hilariously entertaining installment of

    . Think Sleeping Beauty decides to start a new life for herself after she wakes up and become a pirate on a ship with quite the ragtag crew. Doesn't that sound like fun? For the most part, it really worked for me. I love how the authors are so successfully able to turn classic fairytale elements on their

    by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne is the third hilariously entertaining installment of

    . Think Sleeping Beauty decides to start a new life for herself after she wakes up and become a pirate on a ship with quite the ragtag crew. Doesn't that sound like fun? For the most part, it really worked for me. I love how the authors are so successfully able to turn classic fairytale elements on their ear. I loved that here we get to catch up with some characters that we got to meet earlier on in the series. If you're a fan of

    and

    , I highly recommend giving this series a try.

  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog

    The Princess Beard is the third and final installment of the Tales of Pell fantasy parody series from Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. I adored the first book Kill the Farmboy and was a little lukewarm on the sequel No Country For Old Gnomes, but the final book is a good marriage between the two.

    I think what made me like the final book better than the second one was that the main characters in this book are ones we have

    This review was originally posted on my review blog

    The Princess Beard is the third and final installment of the Tales of Pell fantasy parody series from Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. I adored the first book Kill the Farmboy and was a little lukewarm on the sequel No Country For Old Gnomes, but the final book is a good marriage between the two.

    I think what made me like the final book better than the second one was that the main characters in this book are ones we have met before. So I already a had some connection to them, whereas with the second book I didn't really know those characters. I kind of also loved the plot of a Princess that is just like, "nah, I don't want to marry a lord, I'm going to become a pirate instead."

    There are a lot of characters in this one so I did think that at times it was hard to keep up with them all. Especially since they all seem to have some sort of issue they are working through. I did like that with Vic it tried to tackle overcoming toxic masculinity. That was pretty cool to see in a book that had a lot of crude humor in it.

    The humor in this one is pretty much on par with the other books. I don't mind crude humor, but if that's not really your thing you might want to pass on this one. I was definitely laughing at some of the stuff, but some of it I felt like I had to read it out loud to really get the joke. So this series might be better on audio!

    I do think this is a fun series and if you like fantasy parodies like Monty Python or the podcast Hello From The Magic Tavern, I definitely recommend this one!

  • Karrie

    Back to Pell with another ragtag group of fantasy tropes with a twist. Led by a bearded princess pirate in training this adventure finds its sea legs early. There are otters, elves, dryads and centaurs. I groaned out loud at a couple of the word plays.

    The narrator does a great job at many characters but his take on the parrot was over done and grating.

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of The Princess Beard through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    The Princess Beard is the third novel in the Tales of Pell series, which is a joint project by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. Together these two authors have created a truly inane and amazing world.

    The Tales of Pell is a world full of fairy tales flipped on their heads, with dozens of stereotypes warped into the funniest ways imaginable. They stretch plots to their extremes, and have oh so

    I received a copy of The Princess Beard through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    The Princess Beard is the third novel in the Tales of Pell series, which is a joint project by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. Together these two authors have created a truly inane and amazing world.

    The Tales of Pell is a world full of fairy tales flipped on their heads, with dozens of stereotypes warped into the funniest ways imaginable. They stretch plots to their extremes, and have oh so much fun along the way.

    There once was a princess who fell to sleep thanks to a magical rose that cursed her. It was her second curse, which resulted in some interesting side effects. Now that she's awake, she's determined to change her destiny. And maybe save some otters along the way.

    This novel is full of unique and brilliant characters, all quirky, silly, and utterly lovable. Morgan is the princess who woke up from a cursed slumber...and she wasn't too thrilled about the massive amount of hair and nails she grew during that time. Though she's cool with keeping the beard. And with becoming a pirate.

    Vic is a centaur with a specific gift. He can summon tea and biscuits on a whim. But he doesn't want that power – he wants to be all swoll and tough. And ideally, have everyone know exactly how manly and macho he is.

    Tempest is a dryad, and now that she and her sisters have been newly freed, she has big plans for her life. That is, she's got plans on how to spend the part of her life before she turns into a giant and blood hungry tree. That part is already set in stone for her, and the rest of her kind for that matter.

    Albartalus, aka Al, is the world's worst elf. He doesn't look or act like any other elf out there. Unless you count his talent for taking advantage of rubes. But he wants better for his life. He wants something new and better.

    “Everyone loved dryads and drynads when they lived as slightly leafy humans, looking beautiful and healing folks of any ailment, but no one wanted to tolerate them when they were living the part of their life cycle that required them to be bloodthirsty trees.”

    The Princess Beard was an amazing followup in the Tales of Pell series. It was so much fun – lighthearted, chaotic, and just a tiny bit crazy. Just the way I like it. I adore what Dawson and Hearne have created together here. And it has left me hoping to see more author collaborations in the future.

    The sass and satire were strong in the third novel in the series, as it continued to warp and twist stereotypes and expectations left and right. And it was glorious. Some of this I had been expecting; fun twists on the classic fairy tales. I still loved those moments.

    But then there were some surprising twists and moments. Such as the voyage and seas they were on – a surprise which I will not ruin by talking about in too much detail. The other surprise? Taking a massively popular novel series and just having a blast warping it all over the place. It was absolutely hilarious.

    As always, I loved the chaos in this tale. I also loved some of the undercurrents and messages. It's hard not to adore what these two authors are doing here. And it's hard not to keep hoping for more. Though even I have to admit that if the series ended here, they did so on the perfect spot. So I couldn't complain – except to say that I miss it.

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  • Allie Gerard

    I liked this entry in the Tales of Pell series better than Kill the Farm Boy, but not as much as No Country for Old Gnomes (which actually moved me to tears). The authors’ signature offbeat humor remains intact, and I loved the links (some subtle, some less so) to previous books in the series. The pop culture references felt fresh and relevant, and all in all The Princess Beard was exactly what I expected, in the best possible way.

    I was particularly interested in the character of Tempest, a

    I liked this entry in the Tales of Pell series better than Kill the Farm Boy, but not as much as No Country for Old Gnomes (which actually moved me to tears). The authors’ signature offbeat humor remains intact, and I loved the links (some subtle, some less so) to previous books in the series. The pop culture references felt fresh and relevant, and all in all The Princess Beard was exactly what I expected, in the best possible way.

    I was particularly interested in the character of Tempest, a dryad who was released from a slavery contract and wants to be a lawyer to help others in similar predicaments. Her story briefly turns into a quite entertaining Harry Potter parody, and it’s been long enough since I read those books that the reminder was nostalgic and fun. Bogtorts is definitely nothing like a real law school, but it was one of my favorite things in the book. Roachcraw for life.

    I also enjoyed following Alobartalus, an elf who’s really not very elf-like at all, and works at basically the elf tourist trap until he decides to make his own way in the world. His somewhat cynical point of view was one I found relatable.

    Although she was the main character, I wasn’t as crazy about Morgan! She didn’t annoy me at all, but she was surrounded by characters with somewhat more interesting motivations and mannerisms.

    If I had a complaint about this book, it would be that the humor toes the line between hilariously crass and just kinda gross. There’s one section that’s basically just an extended period joke, and I didn’t find it to be very smart or engaging humor, as I know this series is capable of. On the flip side, the words “elf butts” had me absolutely rolling a few chapters later, and I highly recommend you pick up this book to find out why.

    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for this review.

  • Brian

    Thank you to NetGalley and DelRey for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the previous books in this series (Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes). I knew what I was getting myself into here and knew it would be some much needed levity after reading some heavy non-fiction, fantasy and science fiction titles. The Princess Beard follows the title character, a dryad, a centaur swoleboy, and an un-elfly elf on a piratical journey to buried

    Thank you to NetGalley and DelRey for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the previous books in this series (Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes). I knew what I was getting myself into here and knew it would be some much needed levity after reading some heavy non-fiction, fantasy and science fiction titles. The Princess Beard follows the title character, a dryad, a centaur swoleboy, and an un-elfly elf on a piratical journey to buried treasure and to find themselves. This is similar to how the previous books start, but the similarities stop there. If a bearded princess isn't funny enough, this book has something everyone: talking parrot pirate captain, elf butts, a swoleboy centaur with un-swole tea magic, otter balls, humans being assholes, dwarf glutes, and on and on. The book will keep you laughing (and reading) through to the end of the acknowledgements.

    The book is somewhat self contained from the previous installments with only a few crossover characters and references.

  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Thank you so much to Del Rey and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!

    I have really enjoyed reading this entire series. Book three, The Princess Beard, picks right up in the world of Pell with more puns, more great characters, an epic adventure, and closure for some of my old favorites.

    I think my favorite character in this one was the pirate captain. Filthy Lucre and all the ridiculous pirate rules in the manual were just hilarious. He was also a good

    Thank you so much to Del Rey and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!

    I have really enjoyed reading this entire series. Book three, The Princess Beard, picks right up in the world of Pell with more puns, more great characters, an epic adventure, and closure for some of my old favorites.

    I think my favorite character in this one was the pirate captain. Filthy Lucre and all the ridiculous pirate rules in the manual were just hilarious. He was also a good character though, as were Morgan and Vic and Al, everyone on the journey had a rewarding character arc.

    I have to say though the tampoons were a bit too much 😂

    All in all though, everything from centaur anatomy to flesh hungry trees to a slew of cute but meat bound otters made this a memorable conclusion to the trilogy. I was glad to see Poltro and Toby back in the end with Gustave, and the book had a neat way of bringing the series back full circle.

    Thank you so much again to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this series!

  • WS_BOOKCLUB

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available in stores on October 8th.

    I loved both Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes (Pell #1 and #2), but this one failed to drum up much enthusiasm for me. That’s not to say I hated it. I just felt very apathetic about it in general. It wasn’t bad, it just…wasn’t.

    The Pell books thus far have been highly ridiculous and incredibly punny, which is the kind of humor I appreciate. The

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available in stores on October 8th.

    I loved both Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes (Pell #1 and #2), but this one failed to drum up much enthusiasm for me. That’s not to say I hated it. I just felt very apathetic about it in general. It wasn’t bad, it just…wasn’t.

    The Pell books thus far have been highly ridiculous and incredibly punny, which is the kind of humor I appreciate. The Princess Beard kept the jokes coming, but I think that there were so many squeezed in that I didn’t get a chance to appreciate them all. At times, it seemed like the authors were just trying to hard.

    It’s unfortunate because the first two books are so stinking funny that I was hoping for a home run on the entire series. However, don’t count these books out. The first two are absolutely worth reading and, even being just so-so for me, the third book is still better than many other satirical fantasies out there. It just wasn’t my thing.

    Have you read this? Thoughts?

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