The Oddmire, Book 2: The Unready Queen

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The Oddmire, Book 2: The Unready Queen
Age Range
8+
Release Date
June 23, 2020
ISBN
978-1616208400
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Human-raised brothers Tinn and Cole join forces with Fable, daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, to stop the fighting between the people of Endsborough and the creatures of the Wild Wood before violence turns into all-out war.

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.

In this second book in the Oddmire series, the New York Times bestselling author of Jackaby takes readers on an adventure full of monsters, mayhem, and magic.

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Ready or Not here she comes!
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What I Loved: The Unready Queen is the second installment in the Oddmire series. Fable is torn between her mother’s expectations about how she should act and what magic she should be able to do. Her mother only reluctantly lets her spend time with Tinn and Cole. She most definitely does not want Fable visiting the human town of Endsborough.

Annie Burton is reluctantly allowing Tinn to visit the goblin horde and learn more about his heritage and magic. For the first time, Cole is on his own at times and dealing with who he is now that he knows he isn’t the changeling.

All the children are experiencing growing pains as they learn how they fit into the world when they don’t fully belong in the town or the forest.

A new threat comes to the town in the form of Mr. Hill the entrepreneur determined to clear the Wild Wood to dig for oil. The Oddlings of the forest band together in an unprecedented show of force that threatens the sovereignty of the Queen of the Forest. Mr. Hill incites the people of the town to stop accepting the weirdness in the wild and go kill it. The showdown threatens everything and Fable has to connect with her magic like never before to protect everything that matters.

This sequel is a bit more somber in places and the stakes are higher as the kids try to combat the “Them vs. Us” mentality that is leading everyone to ruin. I like that Fable doesn’t work under preconceived notions of what is acceptable. Her innovative magic might just be the key to find a commonplace for everyone to peaceably exist.

Final Verdict: Fable is one of my favorite characters that I have seen in a long time. She has a fresh and innocent way to see the world.
Her trip to human school was hilarious! My son and I laughed for days remembering the events in that chapter.

The epilogue left an intriguing cliffhanger that makes me happy that the third book is already out and ready to read.
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