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A royal guide to monster slaying / Kelley Armstrong ; illustrated by Xavière Daumarie.

Armstrong, Kelley, (author.). Daumarie, Xavière, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J ARM (Text) 33500013104716 New Available -
Fertile Public Library J ARM (Text) 33500013104708 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0735265356
  • ISBN: 9780735265356
  • Physical Description: 268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
"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."-- Provided by publisher.
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Issued also in electronic format.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    Twelve-year-old Rowan is a princess destined for political life on the throne, despite being better suited to the role of monster hunter. Hers is an Arthurian world where several brown-skinned clans are united under the protection of Rowan's mother, the queen. It's also a world populated by a menagerie of fantastical beasts, the most fearsome being the gryphon. After a clash with this terrible monster—awesomely rendered in savage glory—tragedy befalls Rowan's family. Suddenly, she's next in line to be the royal monster hunter, but first she must go forth on a quest to slay the rogue gryphon. All of Armstrong's choices are made in service of absorbing entertainment, to great success. She avoids the archaic in favor of modern language that kids will appreciate, and while the combat sometimes comes off as slightly cartoonish, she doesn't shy away from violence. Blood flies and bones crunch, though humane treatment of animals is promoted. This is an action-stuffed, perfectly paced adventure that introduces a world to which thrill-seeking readers will be ravenous to return. Happily, sequels will follow. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of three trilogies for teens: the Darkest Powers; Darkness Rising and Age of Legends, as well as several thriller and fantasy series for adults and three YA thrillers (The Masked Truth, Missing and Aftermath). She is also the co-author (with Melissa Marr) of the Blackwell Pages series, a middle-grade fantasy series based on Norse gods. The Masked Truth received a starred review from PW ("overflowing with twists"), while Missing received a starred review from VOYA ("a compelling thriller that keeps the reader hooked until the end"). Visit Kelley online at

Subject: Twins > Fiction.
Monsters > Fiction.

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