A Royal Guide to Monster SlayingKelley Armstrong
fantasy, young adult
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.
Kelley Armstrong (born 1968) is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.
She has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen to date in her Women of the Otherworld series, two in her Cainsville series, six in her Darkest Powers series and one in the Age of Legends series. She has also published two middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages Trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website.
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying :: Series
This middle-grade series follows Rowan, a princess who must train to become the kingdom’s royal monster hunter after a tragic event befalls the previous hunter.