Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
Series: Zombay #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on March 6th 2012
A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.
In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around—much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.
Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan—because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.
This accessible, atmospheric fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy.
Short & Sweet: I must say, I was enraptured by this story. Set in a steampunk type setting, this book also involves goblins and witches along with clockwork parts. Rownie is looking for his brother who disappeared to find work further than the town they were staying in. Set in a world where you cannot entertain if you are not a goblin, Rowan (Rownie's brother) was an illegal entertainer and Rownie fears the worst. So Rownie leaves the witch who is watching after him to search out his lost brother with the help of a troupe of goblins who are play actors. I love the way this story moved and the sense of adventure, peril and magic in such an intriguing world made this a satisfying read.
Final Verdict: A wonderful novel that has such a unique world and an interesting plot that I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy.
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