The Goblin Squad
Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)
The town of Reflection Falls has a problem…goblins! The annoying little creatures creep down from their caves in the mountains to steal vegetables from farms and gardens. The brave knights of the realm are far too busy keeping their lands safe from real threats, such as dragons and trolls, so the Goblin Squad was formed. When children reach the age of ten, they participate in a series of yearly contests in order to be chosen as the next members of the squad. Their duties involve patrolling the town and chasing away the goblins. But, a group of new recruits soon learn that there is more going on around Reflection Falls than just vegetable stealing. The adults are unaware, so the young friends decide to investigate the strange behavior of the goblins and soon find themselves far away from the safety of the town.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 4 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 4 out of 10
Overall: 5.00 out of 10
Misfit trainee knights must prove themselves against vegetable-thieving goblins and other magical creatures in this lighthearted fantasy for younger readers. Those unready for the darker elements of Harry Potter may find the right amount of adventure and suspense here. Characters can be a bit stereotypical and the plot occasionally relies on fairly dim adults. There are minor grammatical errors but they don’t hamper the story. Readers will appreciate comic touches and easily follow the action: chases, fights and the big quest are well-paced and described in cinematic detail.
Date Submitted: June 24, 2016