Cover image for Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain / by Zac Gorman ; [illustrations by Sam Bosma].
Title:
Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain / by Zac Gorman ; [illustrations by Sam Bosma].
Author:
ISBN:
9780062495679
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
318, 10 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes a preview of Thisby Thestoop and the wretched scrattle.
Abstract:
In the absurd land of Nth, Thisby Thestoop can be found within the forlorn walls of Castle Grimstone, down the precarious steps of the Black Mountain dungeon, up to her nose in griffon toenails, gnoll spittle, and troll meat (to give to them, not made of them). When the prince and princess arrive for a Royal Inspection, the much too good-looking Princess Iphigenia winds up lost in the tunnels of the dungeon -- without her guards, her staff, or her younger twin brother -- and it's up to Thisby to guide the princess safely past the hordes of minotaurs, wyverns, ghouls, and who-knows-what-else that would love nothing more than to nosh the royal highness for dinner. Thisby Thestoop and Princess Iphigenia have a dangerous adventure ahead of them. If they're going to a rescue the missing prince, stop a mounting war, and keep safe all the creatures who call the mountain dungeon home, they'll have to learn how to trust each other.
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Interest age level: 8-12.
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Summary

Surrounded by all creatures gruesome and grotesque, Thisby Thestoop, the gamekeeper for the Black Mountain Dungeon, is getting roped into another job--saving the princess's skin--in the debut fantasy-adventure series by Zac Gorman, contributor to the hilarious Rick and Morty comic series.

In the absurd land of Nth, Thisby Thestoop can be found within the forlorn walls of Castle Grimstone, down the precarious steps of the Black Mountain dungeon, up to her nose in griffon toenails, gnoll spittle, and troll meat (to give to them, not made of them).

When the prince and princess arrive for a Royal Inspection, the much too good-looking Princess Iphigenia winds up lost in the tunnels of the dungeon--without her guards, her staff, or her younger twin brother--and it's up to Thisby to guide the princess safely past the hoards of minotaurs, wyverns, ghouls, and who-knows-what-else that would love nothing more than to nosh the royal highness for dinner.

Thisby Thestoop and Princess Iphigenia have a dangerous adventure ahead of them. If they're going to a rescue the missing prince, stop a mounting war, and keep safe all the creatures who call the mountain dungeon home, they'll have to learn how to trust each other.

Don't miss the first book in this rollicking new fantasy-adventure series from debut author Zac Gorman!


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this peril-packed page-turner, first in a series, a pampered princess and a resourceful orphan girl struggle to stay alive in a monster-infested dungeon. As the gamekeeper for the dungeon of Black Mountain, 12-year-old Thisby Thestoop knows how to handle hungry trolls, rampaging wyverns, and cranky goblins. But when Princess Iphigenia and her brother, Ingo, come to tour the mountain and see its horrors, Ingo is kidnapped, and the dungeon's inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. Thisby and Iphigenia attempt to rescue Ingo as ancient evils in the dungeon's deepest depths threaten to escape their long captivity. Comic book writer Gorman makes a strong children's book debut, deconstructing the creature-filled caverns and trapped tunnel tropes prevalent in classic role-playing games (who feeds the monsters or oversees proper distribution of treasure, for instance?) while delivering a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure. Clever Thisby and forceful Iphigenia make a delightfully odd pairing as they form an unlikely friendship amid the chaos and danger, and Bosma's ghoulish b&w illustrations further help bring the characters and creatures to life. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Jen Linnan, Linnan Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Twelve-year-old girl Thisby is gamekeeper for a castle dungeon's resident monsters. But after Prince Ingo is kidnapped, she joins snobbish Princess Iphigenia to rescue him and thwart an ancient evil. Thisby and Iphigenia initially clash but slowly become friends while facing the dungeon's perils together. Sly humor, engaging characters, and unusual creatures make this series-starting fantasy shine. Black-and-white illustrations capture key moments. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.