Bad Ideas are Kind Of What We Do: A Review of The Unready Queen

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.

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This book is so…so good. You may remember my review of Changeling from last summer, book one in the Oddmire series. The Unready Queen picks up a little after where Changeling left off, with Cole and Tinn finally knowing the truth of which one of them is a goblin child. We learn a bit more about Fable’s father, and how/why she is so powerful.

We see the boys start to develop crushes and honestly, it’s so pure and sweet and cute! There are a lot of analogies between learning how to control magic and like…puberty. But it’s not as heavy handed as I’m making it sound! It’s handled so very well.

Another lovely aspect to this story is the environmentalist vibe. Obviously the Deep Dark means a LOT to our trio, but of course, in the name of industry, the woods are under attack. Not from a monster, but from, well, us. And of course that pisses off the rest of the magical creatures in the woods. So it turns into an all out war for the good of the forest.

The perfect counterpart to another series about a magical trio, The Unready Queen continues the delightful story William Ritter started last year. I give it 5 out of 5 spriggans. Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for providing a copy in exchange for review!

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