The Oddmire, Book 1: ChangelingFeatured
Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. When they are thirteen years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave their sleepy town and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and uncover who they truly are.
In this first book in a new fantasy-adventure series, the New York Times bestselling author of Jackaby takes readers on a journey of monsters, magic, and discovery.
At 13, the boys set off an epic adventure into the Wild Wood that will finally reveal who has been the goblin the whole time. Their mother awakes to find a note and decides she will not sit around and fret. She will go into those woods and find her boys, both of them!
The boys have many coming-of-age experiences and trials that test their loyalty and strength. I loved that the mother is willing to dive right in and nothing will stop her. Her experiences are part of the story and the resolution, not just a starting point for the boys to be the main characters.
Final Verdict: This is a great book for middle-grade readers. It was humorous and epic. It reminds me of The Hobbit and is a must-read for fantasy and adventure fans. I love the recurring message that a family is what you are no matter what differences there are. I love that the characters can come together and that there is inclusivity even when facing beings far outside of the norm.