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The goblins of Clovenstone Keep are a bloodthirsty lot. They love fighting, looting and eating. And more fighting.
But Skarper is different. He is clever and cunning. Only he understands that the old magic trapped beneath Clovenstone is rising again. He's about to be flung headfirst into the wildest adventure in all of goblin history.
I've just finished reading Goblins by Phillip Reeve and I'm very impressed. The first thing you'll notice about this book, is that the cover is VERY bright green. On the upside anytime I put my book down last week I was sure to find it again. It could not be missed!
Set in a fantasy world of goblins, humans (or softlings), trolls, giants, heroes and damsels. This is familiar setting for all good fantasy book fans. Reeve has a wonderful talent for describing the landscape and what is going on on each page.
However, unlike some other fantasy writers the action and adventure in Reeve's book comes thick and fast. Characters are built through their actions and some flashback scenes. These don't feel forced at all, and flow really well.
We get to sit inside the head of several characters along the way. I liked this as it gave you different perspectives of the same events. It also meant we could leave a character behind but stay with the action.
This book is pretty funny too. It kinda reminded me of Terry Pratchett. Not quite as funny, but still amusing. For example early on Skarper the main goblin character is introduced to books in a library. But the goblins refer to the place as the bumwipe pile. The humour comes pretty naturally from there. A great read!
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