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Book Review/ Summary: The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell

Updated on July 7, 2015
3 stars for The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell

Too long, Didn't Read the Hub version- This book is a generally good, best as a light read for an afternoon, particularly for young teens. A little too predictable for my tastes, but the book sets a good pace, and touches on some contemporary issues. Not a bad choice of book, but not entirely the best either. I do not regret buying it. If you want to know more, read on below!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: Makenna, a young hedgewitch, is forced to leave her home when her mother is brutally murdered by the people she had saved, for practicing the magic that had saved them. Alone in the woods, and in desperate need of aid, Makenna and a group of goblins, who also need help, team up to save the goblin race and fight back against the decree of Bright Magic, stating that only high priests could perform magic, and all others would be killed. All is going well until a young knight by the name of Tobin comes to the goblin wood to destroy her.

Parts that I enjoyed:

In all honesty, I loved the imagery in this book. Bell weaves the words in such a way that I can easily picture the scene that she presents. The realm that the characters inhabit can very easily be imagined. great if you happen to be reading this book aloud, or listening to the audiobook version. Her characters have just enough backstory to entice a reader into wanting to know more. They are believable characters, each with their own quirks and ways of thinking. For example, Makenna cannot forget her mother, and often justifies her actions by saying that this is what her mother would have done, or that her mother would be proud. It is because of her mother’s death that she helps protect the goblins. At times, I wondered if she was just using that as an excuse for the things she had done. Tobin enters a unique friendship with three goblin children, spurred on by need and loneliness, even though they are the creatures he is helping to destroy. Also, the pace of the plot was well set, not fast enough to leave a reader breathless, but not so slow as to bore the reader. Humor was used subtly, yet was blatant enough to warrant smiles. In the beginning of the book, irony abounds in the treatment of people that help other people.

Parts I did not Enjoy

The plot was linear and all too predictable. On one level, the story has been told over and over. A lost cause, which gains new life with the addition of a few key characters, but the eventual retreat. It was easy to see where the story was heading and the “twists” were easily foreseen. Personally, I enjoy an engaging, unpredictable plot, but that’s just me. The climax of the book felt more like a flop.


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