The Oddmire, Book 3: Deepest, Darkest

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The Oddmire, Book 3: Deepest, Darkest
Age Range
8+
Release Date
June 22, 2021
ISBN
978-1643750927
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The third adventure in the beloved fantasy series full of folklore and mayhem, from the creator of Jackaby.

Brothers Cole and Tinn are determined to solve a mystery almost as old as they are: What happened to their long-missing father?

Joseph Burton vanished without a trace, leaving the babies’ mother to raise them—one human, one a goblin changeling—alone. Some say Joseph abandoned his family, others that he met foul play looking for a way to get rid of the changeling imposter. Cole is determined to learn his father’s true fate, so he and Tinn set out on a dangerous quest to the deepest, most deadly limits of the Oddmire—with the help of Evie, expert on the creatures of the Wild Wood, and Fable, the indomitable half human, half fairy.

Meanwhile a shudder runs through the forest. Increasingly powerful earthquakes shake the land, sinkholes form, and the spriggans, trolls, and other creatures along their path speak of an ancient evil on the rise . . .

In the third book of the Oddmire series, New York Times bestselling author William Ritter takes readers on an unforgettable journey of family, fate, and a dangerous, magical forest.

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Nothing ever goes back to the way it was, that's not how change works
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
In this third installment of the Oddmire series, Cole is ready to find the truth of his father’s disappearance. Some in town believed he left 13 years ago because he didn’t know which baby was a changeling and others believe he is dead. Based on secrets uncovered, Cole believes his father is alive and trapped deep underground.
Annie Burton is not too happy to learn the dangerous things her sons have done to uncover clues of her husband’s disappearance, but she will always support them so at the very least she can keep them alive. With more allies than ever before, the boys and their friends go deep into the mines.
What was nice about this story was the way communication was the path to understanding.
Not everything is bad because it is different and not everything is good because it appears harmless. The boys come very close to the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone. Only their ability to communicate and empathize will give them any hope to survive.
Final Verdict: Tinn is very nervous about the possibility that they will find Joseph Burton. He was the father that left in search of a way to get rid of him. I like that in the end, he realizes that he can have two dads and that there is enough love for them both, even if he loves them differently.
I think this story will resonate with people whose families have mixed configurations as well as those dealing with how to handle change. This book is a keeper for my household.
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