DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Trouble has taken root in the form of a goblin named Grimblerod who journeys about aiming to steal a twin in leave a doll in its place. His master, Larque, is believed to be behind this and he must be stopped. Fortunately a "pure heart" named Gwendolyn marries a wizard named Lochlan but soon find out they will give birth to twins, Asher and Ariana. And Grimblerod sets out and has his eyes on Asher. It is up to Ariana and a host of magical creatures to save him and prevent Larque from succeeding in his dastardly plans.
I saw that there was a fourth book coming out in this series and it had always piqued my interest so I was fortunate to get my hands on the first three novels in this series. What appeared to me as a middle-school aimed fantasy story proved to be just that, though I certainly wouldn't say it was overly juvenile. This book was just a fun, quick read that sets up the story line perfectly and captures the reader, pulls him in, and fills his mind with wonder, excitement, and amazement at what is next to come for our characters.
The book also had a nice conclusion with both a twist and a cliffhanger. Immediately upon finishing it, I was itching to crack open book number two. The characters were well developed (though it could have been a bit more in depth but for a book of this length aimed at its target audience, that would be tough) and overall very enjoyable. I can absolutely see how this book would give a sense of wonderment for children making them develop an appreciation for the fantasy genre and reading in general. Filled with magic, witches, spells, curses, goblins, faeries, and so much more, this is a great introduction for children to these types of books because it was clean, family-friendly, and wasn't a thick or difficult plot to understand. I would definitely encourage my son Oliver to read these when he gets older.
Mann does a good job at connecting with her audience through this book and I can't wait to jump into the next one - though this time, my expectations are set a little higher just because I enjoyed this one so much.
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