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The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling

av William Ritter

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655312,039 (4.18)Ingen/inga
"Funny, exciting, and ultimately epic. Wow. I can't wait for the next one." --Adam Gidwitz, author of the New York Times bestseller A Tale Dark and Grimm "Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages . . . A captivating series opener." --Booklist, starred review Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind--a newborn changeling. But when the night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant's crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart, so he leaves both babies behind. 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, New York Times bestselling author William Ritter takes readers on a journey of monsters, magic, and discovery.… (mer)

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I received a complementary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

"By now she had learned what more experienced parents could have told her as a young mother: mischief is in the nature of goblins and growing children in roughly equal measure, which left the matter uncertain far longer than she had anticipated."

One of my favorite things about this book was the boy's mother, Annie Burton. She was a badass mom that loved her children, despite one of them being a goblin changeling. She didn't care which one was magical or different, and loved them both in equal measure. They were her boys, and she would do anything to keep them safe. I really liked that she played a large role in this story, and that she wasn't willing to simply leave her children to their fate. The boys were what? 12? They shouldn't be roaming through the Wild Wood alone–regardless of their reasons–and I'm happy Annie didn't hesitate to go after them. Her love was palpable, and it saved Cole and Tinn more than once.

On the other hand, I hated not knowing what happened to their father, and wish it had been addressed during this book. We're told he disappeared shortly after their one child became two–the result of a confused and inexperienced goblin–but never learn why he left or where he went. Annie assumes he's dead, the townspeople think he disappeared in the Wild Wood, so hopefully the author picks up that thread in a later book.

Cole and Tinn were fun characters to read about, and I liked how strong their sibling relationship was. They weren't just brothers, but best friends. They did everything together, whether it was stealing apples or going to a school dance. They have no idea which one of them is the changeling, and it's something that has weighed heavily on their minds for years (the loss of their father, the talk of the townspeople, the uncertainty of their own flesh and blood). However, they both wanted to be the changeling, so their sibling could continue living a normal life. There were no selfish characters in this book (even Kull was doing a bad thing for the right reasons), and I enjoyed seeing the love between the boys and their mother.

I really liked Fable as well, and I'm really happy the second book seems to be centered on her. She's a very interesting character, and the fact that she's half-magic makes me want to know more about her history. Her mother was also fiercely protective of her, but again, no father. She's definitely keeping secrets from her daughter, and I desperately want to know what they are! I have a feeling we're going to see more of the world that her mother experienced as a child, and the in-between place Fable was able to access in this book without getting hurt.

The magical creatures were interesting and fun to read about (particularly the hinkypunks), and some of the information was new-to-me. I really liked how the author portrayed the characters within this book, and that his spin on known creatures was subtle without being confusing. He made them unique to his book while still keeping their core characteristics. My son also liked learning about the creatures that lived in the Wild Wood, especially the Thing without a name or purpose. He devoured the clues the author dropped about a creature cloaked in shadows, and was really surprised with how that particular part of the story played out. I also wasn't expecting something like that, and hope there's more to that tale as well.

My son and I both really enjoyed this book, and we're looking forward to starting The Unready Queen in the next few days (we're currently in the middle of a Goosebumps book). Changeling was a wonderful story with relatable characters, amazing family-vibes, and a magical world that was surprisingly believable.

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  doyoudogear | Jun 12, 2020 |
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Changeling is a beautiful coming-of-age story about two boys raised as twin brothers; they know that one of them is a “changeling”–a goblin–but neither knows which one of them is human and which is a goblin. The story tackles what it means to be family, friends, and of course, human. Ritter does a brilliant job of going back and forth between each boy showing that each has typical “goblin” and “human” characteristics, truly making it impossible to guess which one is which until the moment when it is revealed by magic.

I love the folklore that provides the foundation of the story and can’t wait for this series to continue so that we can learn more about the different magical creatures and the forest, and of course, follow Tinn and Cole’s adventures. Ritter includes classic folklore tales while giving them his own twist, which makes for an interesting, fresh-feeling read. The book picked up a lot when the boys got to the forest and my favorite parts were learning more about the forest creatures and the forest’s witch.

I also really enjoyed that we’re able to get the twins’ mom’s point-of-view in various chapters–it’s nice to know that she is completely dedicated to her two boys: human or goblin, she fiercely loves both of them, which was SO GREAT. I was worried that one boy was going to be singled it as “the probable goblin,” but she looks at both boys as her sons. She fights for them constantly along the way and when they venture off by themselves, she’s right behind them, trying to save them. Truly an amazing character.

This book is super fun and relatively fast-paced. Once they got to the proper adventuring part of it, I truly couldn’t put it down. I kept talking about it to everyone who would listen (even if they wouldn’t) because I loved the characters and the story so much. It’s the sort of book that would have been an absolute favorite of mine if it had been around when I was younger. It has heartwarming lessons and is so, so entertaining. I highly recommend this.

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  sedelia | Oct 23, 2019 |
A perfect mixture of creepy, mysterious and wholesome family love, makes this a read to take under the blankets with extra snacks and batteries for those flashlights.

In hopes of renewing the goblin magic, a goblin uses the very rare chance to exchange a human boy with a changeling. But he gets distracted and can't seem to figure out which one is which. The mother, despite knowing something isn't right, simply keeps both, raises them and loves them with her whole heart. Until one day, the boys wander off into the woods to discover the secret of who they really are.

Changelings are a mystical folklore which carries a sense of dark dread and intrigue at the same time. While I wondered if the author could really pull these creatures down to a middle grade level, my suspicions weren't not only unwarranted, but completely blown away. The author weaves a fantastic tale with the heart-warming bond of brotherly (and motherly) love. And yet, there is so much dark creepiness and chills to insure young readers won't put this one down.

The characters are easy to connect to and react as any boy that age would. While adventure and shadows remain high on every page, there's a nice amount of humor built in to keep it light at just the right times. While more sensitive readers might find the spooky side to be a bit heavy, others will love the dive into this story about the creatures of folklore. It's magical, mystical, dark and inspiring.

I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this tale quite a bit. ( )
  tdrecker | Jul 13, 2019 |
I couldn't put this book down, and found it very entertaining and enjoyable. I'm excited to know that it is going to be a series as I'd love to see more from this author and this specific world. The book tells the stories of two young boys (raised as twins), but one is a changeling that was mistakenly left instead of replaced when they were both babes. No one knows (including the twins themselves) which is the real boy and which is the changeling, but they both undertake the task of unraveling their true selves in order to survive. The story is ripe with fairy tale characters, and is beautifully written. There are allusions to other stories that could be told, and I'm hoping that the next in the series jumps into more details and information about some of the other magical creatures introduced in this first story. ( )
  KishS | Jul 9, 2019 |
Wonderful start to a new fantasy series.

The characters are well-developed, and hence quirky and easy to like and root for them - or dislike them.

I liked the writing style. Loved the banter between the characters. Strong young characters, both Tinn and Cole are wonderful boys and their inner struggle, who the changeling might be, is described very well. Then there are the strong mothers, Goblin's with foul mouths and a sense of humour, lots of other fairy creatures,...

I truly liked this very much and am not only looking forward to a sequel (which will probably take longer than I like), but am also looking forward to the German translation, so that I can give the book to friends and family members. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Jan 18, 2019 |
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"Funny, exciting, and ultimately epic. Wow. I can't wait for the next one." --Adam Gidwitz, author of the New York Times bestseller A Tale Dark and Grimm "Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages . . . A captivating series opener." --Booklist, starred review Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind--a newborn changeling. But when the night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant's crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart, so he leaves both babies behind. 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, New York Times bestselling author William Ritter takes readers on a journey of monsters, magic, and discovery.

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