The Unready Queen
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough.
But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own dark purposes, Fable cannot stay quiet. As the unspoken truce between the people of Endsborough and the inhabitants of the Wild Wood crumbles, violence escalates, threatening war and bringing Fable’s mother closer to the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.
This is the second book in the Oddmire series by William Ritter.
I think this middle grade book appeals to both adults and kids. They didn’t just focus on the kids here. The adults were just as big a part of the plot as they were. This also was easy to get into. I did not read book one and had no problem understanding what was going on.
This is a coming of age story for many of the characters, adults and kids alike. Everyone seemed to learn by the end a great lesson and that is always wonderful in a middle grade book. Learning lessons by reading is a great way to subtly get kids to understand concepts not easily related to them any other way.
Definitely recommend this one.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.