Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Olde School by Selah Janel
Paddlelump is mild-mannered. In fact, he is so laid back that people tend to take advantage of him. He is one of the wealthiest beings in Kingdom City and everyone wants some of his money. Even his maid is taking advantage of him, taking his money, refusing to clean the house and leaving early and coming late. His watchbird, Clyde, is sarcastic about Padd's strength and character. His friends, more traditional trolls, worry about him and want him to just 'troll up'.
Things are changing in Kingdom City. Under the rule of High King Thadd, all creatures, trolls, ogres, humans, elves, brownies, fairies and anything else, have learned to live and work together. Now, suddenly, all seemed to be scheming against each other, willing to do anything for an advantage. Paddlelump seems to be a target, with low-level princes suddenly appearing and trying to kill him, willing to do that to win a princess' love; a princess they have only met online.
Then people start going missing, and the signs point to the Forest on the other side of Padd's bridge, the forest he owns. When Paddlelump goes to investigate, he finds something so vile and horrendous that he can't believe it. He also finds King Thadd who gives Paddlelump a quest to fulfill. Can Padd fulfill the quest and save the kingdom?
Selah Janel has written a charming modern fantasy that turns the tradition on its head. Paddlelump is a hero everyone can relate to, a troll with a heart of gold who isn't sure he is up to the demands life places on him. Readers will be charmed by him and cheer him on as he attempts to follow his quest and save his town and friends. The mix of modern technology and attitudes with traditional magical creatures is well done. This book is recommended for fantasy readers and can be read by young readers as well.