Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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. (Goodreads)
A cute, enjoyable middle-grade read
When I heard this was written by William Ritter, the man behind my beloved Jackaby series, I knew I had to read it, and I was not disappointed.
This is a middle-grade book, so it is meant for a younger audience, the main characters 13, that being said I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and loved that these two brothers were so close while they both struggled with the idea that one of them was a Goblin. And most importantly that they didn’t care!
The story was great and extremely entertaining and well paced. It’s a typical hero’s journey with minor quests and new friends along the way.
I’m so glad this is just the first of other books in this series because I can’t wait to revisit Oddmire!
Overall Rating: 4