No Country for Old Gnomes

Title: No Country for Old Gnomes

Series: The Tales of Pell

Authors: Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: April 16th, 2019

Free ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased a hardcover copy.



I read the Iron Druid chronicles from Kevin Hearne last year and loved it, so when I saw this on NetGalley, I just knew I had to read it! I am a first time reader of Delilah S. Dawson, and I’m already a new fan. Although the Tales from Pell series is vastly different from Iron Druid, it still has the witty humor that I’ve come to expect from Kevin Hearne. In fact, No Country for Old Gnomes is, I dare say, even funnier. 

“Mother, Father. Take Care,’ Onni said, injecting nobility into every word as he squinted to the horizon. ‘We will return.’

‘By gumballs, what do you think Mama and Papa are going to do?’ Offi scoffed pulling himself to stand beside his twin. ‘Beat a pudding pan with a stick and say, Hey, halflings, hows about you lob a foine firebomb me-wards, or something? Of course they’re going to be careful! And what’s with all the squinting? Do you need my glasses?”— No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S Dawson and Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes takes us on an unusual ride in the wonderful world of fantasy. With unique characters and literal humor throughout, this book caught my interest quickly and I found myself laughing on just about every page. I highly recommend reading No Country for Old Gnomes if you’d like a book that’s unusual and fantastic!

“Looking off to the horizon, properly and heroically squinting, Onni added, ‘Get your washtub ready, brother. It will be a bloody business when the gnome empire strikes back.”— No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne 

Book Blurb:

Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy welcome you to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

In No Country for Old Gnomes, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy and fairy tales. Here you’ll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you’ll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate.



About Delilah S. Dawson:


Delilah S. Dawson is the author of:

Star Wars: PHASMA, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched

The Hit series

The Blud series

Servants of the Storm

Shadowman: Follow Me Boy

Short stories in: Hellboy, An Assortment of Horror; Carniepunk; Unbound; Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life, Three Slices, and more.

Comics: Ladycastle

As Lila Bowen: The Shadow series, beginning with Wake of Vultures

She also teaches writing classes online at

Learn more at

About Kevin Hearne:


KEVIN HEARNE hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Get Social with Delilah S. Dawson:

Twitter: @DelilahSDawson

Instagram: @DelilahSDawson

Get Social with Kevin Hearne:

Twitter: @KevinHearne


**Disclaimer: An arc of this book was received in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are unbiased and completely my own. I will never give a false review! For more information, please see review policy. 

Author: BookaholicBrittany

Hi my name is Brittany and I’m a Bookaholic. I read about 300 books a year! I’m also a nature lover and environmental science enthusiast. I’m a full-time student earning my degree in Library Science, a mommy of four, and a proud military spouse. My life can be chaotic, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. ❤️

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