The Legend of Hobart by Heather Mullaly

Wednesday, August 4, 2021



Title:
The Legend of Hobart
Author: Heather Mullaly
Published: 26 July 2021 
Pages: 66 
Format: Kindle
Content: You can leave your middle grader with a clear conscience and go and have coffee with a friend
Genre: Fantasy
Age Category: Middle Grade
Read: 01 August 2021
Rating: 
Synopsis: 
Tired of being teased about his name and his stutter, twelve-year-old Hobart sets out to do a few heroic deeds and earn a place in Knight School. But the local damsels he hopes to save assure him that the last thing they need is rescuing. The runaway bull he tries to catch wears him like a hat. And don't even ask about the ogre.
Finally, in desperation, Hobart sets out on the most daring quest he can think of--he will slay a dragon. Or that's his plan anyway.
The Legend of Hobart is a hilarious, heart-felt adventure, for the would-be hero in all of us.

Greetings you all! We are so excited for our blog tour stop today. The Legend of Hobart was simply marvelous and we can't wait to share it with all of you. Tired of being teased about his name and his stutter, twelve-year-old Hobart sets out to do a few heroic deeds and earn a place in Knight School. But nothing goes to plan in this humorous fantasy book.

As always, Lola's book choices did not disappoint and we are delighted to be part of this tour. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 26 July till 8 August. You can see the tour schedule here: http://lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-the-legend-of-hobart-by-heather-mullaly


I think the best way to start this review, is by sharing a fun excerpt from the opening chapter:

In case you’re wondering, becoming a hero is not as easy as you might think.

I tried rescuing a damsel in distress. But all of our local damsels practice martial arts and assured me that the last thing they needed was rescuing.

Saving a baby from a fire would have been perfect, but the housewives in Finnagen are far too careful. We haven’t had a decent kitchen fire in years.

Last spring, when a bull broke out of its pasture, I thought I had found my chance. But when I caught up with the bull, the stupid animal managed to hook his horns through my belt and flip me up onto his head. William the Tormentor already called me Ho-brat instead of Hobart. After that day, he started calling me Ho-brat Bull Hat.

To not be called Ho-brat for the rest of my life, I needed to become a knight. To get into the King’s School for the Education of Future Knights, I had to become a hero before May Day of my twelfth year. It was already early spring.

I was running out of time and ideas when I heard the news: a local maiden had been kidnapped by an ogre. Ogres don’t usually come this far east. And their hides are so thick that martial arts are useless against them. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I didn’t own any real weapons, so I took the pitchfork I used to clean out the pigpens and set out to face my first ogre. 

And just like that, I don't need to write a review at all! Because you all want to read The Legend of Hobart without me meowing another word. Right? A tale for all tails!  

Even if you want to count my age in cat-years, I'm still a middle grader of about 11 years old now. That means I'm at that age where I start to realize adults are dumb and stupid and that I'm cooler than catnip. It also means that I'm at that age where I just know I can conquer the world - all I need is a quest, a talking horse, a dragon and an unlimited supply of salmon.  

Poor Hobart, he is also at that cooler-than-catnip age (if only he was). He also wanted to conquer the world, aka The King's School for the Education of Future Knights.  But alas, his stutter and lack of any heroic deed or a cat, was a bit of a boulder in the road to knighthood. Where he lacked courage, he gained determination and desperation that lead him to an epic adventure. 

Like most boys who are at the cooler-than-catnip age, he set out on his quest with no sword, no shield and no idea where the heck he's going. As long as there will be a dragon to slain or an ogre to kill along the road - who cares. Thankfully, he crossed paths with a wise woman or two along the road. What boys will do without all the wise women in their lives, beats me every time. 

I should bestow some more credit to Hobart. Unlike most boys who are at the cooler-than-catnip age, he did stop to smell the roses along the road and he sure proofed that a friend in need, is a friend in deed. And that is what this story is all about. A random act of kindness can sometimes be the most heroic thing you will ever do. Oh and realizing that there are more value in the quest than in the conquest.

Yes, I know I sound like a Hallmark card, but this precious little book brought out the Hallmark gold stamp in me. We need Hallmark cards in this life to cope with the mundane realities of Sky News or CNN. Who cares if there were a few things that didn't add up in the story, it still adds up better than real life and that gets 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from us. 

Thank you Heather Mullaly for sharing The Legend of Hobart with us. Please write a few more of these. The only suggestion we would like to give is, please bring a cat into the next tale. Preferably a fluffy white kitten to match Albert's shiny white coat. 

About the Author

This is our second book by the fabulous Heather Mullaly and we do hope it won't be our last. She is such a talented author with a unique and diverse writing style who speaks to all ages. 

Heather Mullaly is a passionate believer in the power of story. When she isn’t writing them, reading them, or listening to them, she can usually be found baking something that involves chocolate, thinking up new story ideas before she’s finished the two she’s currently writing, or hanging out with her family, who happen to be even more fantastic than the characters in her head. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their three teenagers.

Author links:

- Website: http://www.heathermullaly.com

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/106508034343528

- Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-mullaly

- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Mullaly/e/B091MCSFY2

Giveaway!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Legend of Hobart. Three winners will each win a $10 Amazon gift card.

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:

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Or you can just buy this heroic tale at Amazon.


Thank you dearest Lola @ Lola's Blog Tours for providing us with an ARC and for inviting us to take part in your Blog Tour. 

Make sure to pay a visit to other Blog Tour Participants if you want to know more about The Legend of Hobart or for more excerpts. 

Lots of Love,


10 comments

  1. This reminded me of Merlin. We're watching that on Netflix right now. So fun.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Hi Sandee! Oh I remember Merlin! I saw that it's on Netflix now. We should watch it again too!

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  2. What an interesting story; thanks for letting us know about it.

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    1. I do hope that it travels far and wide. It's a lovely little story!

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  3. Nice reviews from both of you. :)

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    1. Thank you! It's a bit hectic at work at the moment, so writing a review needs to be done quickly. So we are very glad if it at least works out well!

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  4. Oh I haven't read a MG fantasy in so long. This sounds like a good one!

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    1. Hi Katherine! This really is a great little book! It's still on special on Amazon, think both you and Will will enjoy it.

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  5. Hobart is an awesome kid with lots of courage and his journey really is a wonderful tale. Great review!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you've also read it! I loved this tale and enjoy Heather Mullaly's writing style. Will definitely read more of her books.

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