2008; 390 pages. Full Title : Noggle Stones : Book 1 : The Goblin’s Apprentice. New Author? : Yes. Genre : YA; Fantasy. Overall Rating : 8*/10.
There are some kewl drawings scattered throughout the book. The dialogue is witty, and includes some delightful songs/poems. There is a guiding philosophy called the “Four Precepts of Non-Logical Thought”, and it is positively sensible, provided you’re a goblin. Time-wise, the story takes place in 1899 if you’re a human, and The Year of the Dappled Beetle, if you’re a goblin.
In keeping with the target audience, there is no sex or cussing, and only very light romance. Some of the good guys do get killed, however. The characters are not particularly deep, but they are engaging. Riley Ratcatcher is a hoot. The bad guys are sufficiently evil to keep you turning the pages, but they won't plague young readers with nightmares.
“Yes,” came Tudmire’s timid reply.
“This scroll has done something! I don’t know exactly what, but chances are we won’t live through it! And before we die, I wanted you to know something...”
“This is all your fault!” (loc.410)
Noggle Stones Book 1 – The Goblin’s Apprentice was a light, enjoyable read. Pick it up when you’re in a “Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” mood. 8 Stars.