I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Unready Queen by William Ritter
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on June 23, 2020
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Also by this author: Jackaby, Changeling
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.
Here is what I thought
In the first book we find out that one of the twins is a goblin (not a spoiler) and they need to go into the forest to meet with some other goblins or things could get through off kelter. So that happens and they make a new friend Fable.
In this one their new friend is getting a little tired of what her mother, Queen of the Deep Dark wants her to do and starts coming more into town. This is good and bad as there is a new face in town who seems to want to get rid of part of the forest for his own gain and Fable is not happy.
When something happens that the man does it sparks a chain reaction and makes the creatures in the forest to do drastic things to defend themselves and their forest. The Queen needs Fable to act more like a future queen but she doesn’t want to be her mothers type of queen.
Also during this the goblin brother is learning more about being a goblin even though he still stays with his human mother in town. I feel like if I say much more it could spoil things so I will not say more.
I really like the characters in this series as they are fun. The twins are great but in this one it’s Fable that rules the book and she is a very interesting character and caused me to chuckle frequently. I also like some of the woodland creatures especially Kull.
I think there are a lot of things to learn in this book about loving yourself no matter who or what they are and that messing up isn’t failure it’s just fine-tuning.
Now this could have just been me and my mood of late but I did get a little bored with it in parts but I really liked the ending and I am curious to see what will happen next and how Fable learns more about her magic and how the twin that is a goblin becomes more confident in who he is.