The Unready Queen (The Oddmire #2) by William Ritter
ARC received from the publisher for an honest review.
Publish Date: June 23, 2020
A HUGE thank you to the Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read this book and join in on the blog tour! And a special thank you to William Ritter for creating this beautiful world full of beautiful characters!
Check out my blog tour post for book one here: The Changeling (The Oddmire #1)
I will also have an Instagram spotlight post for this book on my bookstagram page @raezinreads
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.
After falling in love with these characters and the sweet morals that these books contain, it was a no brainer to say yes to participating in the blog tour for The Unready Queen. I knew I would love this one just as much as the last! And I wasn’t wrong! This book is mostly from the POV of my #1 favorite character from the first book, Fable. The way she sees the world, her innocence and want to feel like she belongs are some of my most favorite qualities about her. She is such a pure heart with a want to always seek adventure and to find her forever friends, and every time she talks I just want to gather her up and hug her because she deserves all the love in the world! I was so excited when I found out that this story she would be our main character, but even so, we still get plenty of chapters of our beloved “twin” duo from book one, as well as some other key characters that fit in right all with the rest of these beautiful fictional beings.
This book reminded me of a Ferngully / Avatar (not the last Airbender but the other movie) mashup with the main focus of the plot being that there is a force of humans who want to destroy a beloved forest in their mission to develop and take from its resources. But like in these all time favorite moves, there are beings who live in these forests and they will do whatever it takes to save their homes before they are destroyed forever. This is always one of those situations for me where I really tend to HATE the characters who are out to tear down the forest. There is some inherent evil in anyone who could destroy such a beautiful part of nature and maybe its just my childhood heart tearing up over the trees and forest dying in Ferngully but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over those trees being cut down. So when evil mister Hill starts cutting down trees in search of his precious soil samples and oil, I wanted to kick him in the face. Thankfully Fable was on the same page as I was and went to work saving her precious Wild Wood. With the help of Cole and Tinn and the rest of the Wild Wood’s inhabitants of course.
These books always tend to have such a strong underlying moral to them that I absolutely love. They feel extremely wholesome and make your heart happy once you’ve finished the last page and close the book happily with a smile on your face. It was perfect for the crazy times we are going through right now where you never know what might happen the next day. Fear not when you have the folks of The Oddmire and their beautiful families and friendships. I would love to live in this town and be surrounded by so many interesting and lovable characters. Even the crazy old folks!
I’m not sure if there is another book set to be published in this series, but if there is I will a thousand percent be adding it to my TBR because these books are just good for the soul. I will save these for years to come so that one day I can read them to my kids and feel that special bond that a mother has for her children that is so evident throughout these stories. I highly recommend this series and the author. You won’t regret it, I do suggest reading the first book before this one because then you will already know most of the characters, and what could be better than more Fable dialogue!? Happy Reading!
William Ritter is an Oregon author and educator. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.The Oddmireis Ritter’s first series for middle-grade readers. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Jackaby series for young adult readers. Visit him online at rwillritter.wordpress.com and find him on Twitter: @Willothewords.
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