"A charming fantasy"
Dweller hero, Juhg, is apprentice librarian to the
Grandmagister of the Great Library, Edgewick the
Lamplighter. However, Juhg finds his work tedious and ennui
is a problem for him as working inside the Vault of All
Known Knowledge is boring for an adventurous ROVER like him
though he admits to himself that his mentor the grand Wick
seems contented in his role. Juhg goes on a sea voyage when
he hears rumors of a book in the possession of Goblins, a
race that would never possess anything written except to
use as fuel.
He decides to take the tome from the goblins and Juhg
succeeds. He brings the book to his learned Grandmagister,
but when Edgewick and the wizard Craugh inspect it they
open a magical portal that enables Dread Riders,
Blazebulls, and Grymmlings, to enter their realm. Juhg,
Edgewick, and Craugh battle the book's evil spell, but
destroy much of their library and even if they succeed they
have just started the quest because they will need to trace
back to the source who might be a powerful malevolent
Goblin Wizard Aldhran.
This is an engaging epic fantasy that reaches out to a wide
range of readers with its amusing often ironic humor
(especially satirizing Mel Odom's own works). The story
line is action-packed with many of the typical genre
elements, but also contains characters that seem real so
that Mr. Odom's various species appear as genuine. Set in
the same universe of his previous works (like ROVER); Mr.
Odom provides a terrific opening gamut of a series that
will please the young teen crowd as well as aging boomers.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007