Having just finished reading Changeling, the first book in the Oddmire series, I was really excited to dive into The Unready Queen and experience Fable’s story! There will be some spoilers for Changeling, but absolutely none for The Unready Queen.
Title: The Unready Queen (The Oddmire, #2)
Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: June 23, 2020
Genres: MG Fantasy
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This is so definitely Fable’s story. She’s on the cover, she in the name of the book, and most of the book revolves around her growth as she discovers how to best use and control her magic to protect the people she loves. I love her spunk and quirkiness as well as her fierce love for her friends. I loved seeing the conflicting ideas she had with her mother—it added a lot of the tension to the book, but also the most growth.
A good portion of this book is also Tinn’s story as he continues to learn how to be a goblin and hide his secret from the kids his age. Seeing him grow in confidence is so satisfying.
The major conflict in this book comes between the Wild Wood and the humans in Edenborough as the humans discover that the creatures in the Wild Wood are real and sometimes even dangerous. The stakes are high in this book and it makes for a very exciting ride and an especially awesome finale.
- Annie Burton is such a great mom. Her role in this book isn’t as big as the last one, but I’m glad she never just disappears from the story.
- Evie is a new character in the series and she’s so great! I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book!
- There are more creatures to learn about in this book—I love how the author is continually expanding the magical world.
This book was fun and well-written, perfect for fans of magic and mysterious woodlands. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!