July 18, 2019

#BookReview: Changeling (The Oddmire #1) by @Willothewords @AlgonquinYR


Synopsis: Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. 

After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. 


The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are. 


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About the Author:  William Ritter is an Oregon author and educator. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.The Oddmireis Ritter’s first series for middle-grade readers. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Jackaby series for young adult readers. Visit him online at rwillritter.wordpress.com and find him on Twitter: @Willothewords.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I was so excited when this book showed up.  The cover didn't grab me but the story was really good.  I think this one would be great for both girls and boys and that this would make a great movie.  I really can't wait for the next one.  I had a few issues with knowing some of the words but since this is a middle grade novel and I am only in 3rd grade (I am almost 9 years old) I think that the words are ok for that age group.  By the end of the story I picked up on some of the longer words and really didn't have any issues by that time.  I love the journey that this book gives the reader and I can't wait for the next one!  If you are a kid or you have one then this is the book for you!! 



“Ritter crafts a well-paced adventure filled with whimsy and peril, in which the bonds of family and love prove stronger than any spell or curse. With memorable characters—especially the irrepressible protagonists, who make a delightful team—and an atmospheric setting, this is a strong series opener.”

Publishers Weekly

“Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages as they follow the twins through the dark and mysterious woods. Unique characters with complex personalities will give readers insight into the feelings and actions of not only Tinn and Cole and their mother, but the creatures—both good and evil—they encounter on their journey. A captivating series opener.”
Booklist, starred review

“A delightful series opener.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Ritter invests the novel’s questions about biological identity and birthright with equally powerful affirmations of bonds forged by familial love . . . The snappy, humorous dialogue and shifting perspectives keep the pace lively, and readers can look forward to learning more about Fable in the next installment.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books



PROLOGUE

A VERY LONG TIME AGO, HUMANS AND FAIRIES
and elves and dolphins and all of the other intelligent
beings of the world got sick of one another—which
was understandable, as intelligent beings were all
pretty much rubbish in those days. After much arguing,
they decided to split up the world and build a sort of
magical wall between the two halves. On the human
side of the barrier, life would be governed by logic
and reason and the laws of nature. It would be an
honest world of soil and struggle. The other side would
be ruled by forces more ancient than any earthly
science, a world of magic and madness and raw
potential. Humans called their side the Earth, and
magical beings called their side the Annwyn (all except
for the gnomes, who called it Pippin-
Gilliewhipple—which is one of many reasons that, to
this day, nobody from either side much cares for
gnomes).
For many centuries, the wall stood—a sort of veil
between two worlds, invisible but everywhere. Neither
side could see or touch the other, and in time many
creatures forgot there was another world at all. This
remained the state of things until rogue groups
brought their simmer- ing strife to an unruly boil and a
new war broke out. As it turned out, intelligent beings
were still fairly rubbish if not properly supervised. The
resulting battle blasted a great, gaping hole right
through the invisible barrier.
When the dust had settled, some felt the hole in the
wall should be patched back up, and others felt the
barrier should come down entirely. In all the hubbub,
nobody noticed as the thing that had been inside the
wall—the thing that may have been the very soul of the
wall—escaped. Nobody was watching as the thing
that had spent countless centuries listening at the
cracks and growing hungrier and hungrier slipped past
the rubble and across the bloody battlefield. Nobody
saw it slide quietly into the forest.
The Thing clutched at shadows as it moved
between the trees, drawing the darkness around itself
like a rid- ing cloak. It had never known sunlight, or
birdsong, or honey-sweet breezes, or even the sound of its own
name. If the Thing even had ever had a name, it had
never had anyone to speak it.










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