Author: Mike Phillips
First Published: 2015
Page Count: 269
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of Chronicles of the Goblin King
We’re back in Phillip’s world of fantasy creatures, but this second book spends too much time on small side stories and not enough on taking us deeper into the core of the series ongoing plot.
*Exciting Closing Battle *Introduction of New Mythical Creatures
*Gross Goblin Behavior *Weak Main Plotline
“Blackness, a giant hole, opened before her eyes.” Mitch is now king of The World Below, and he and his goblin friends are busy trying to maintain the peace in his new kingdom. However, when the world is made up of everything from humans, to goblins, to shape shifters, and faeries, it can be difficult to keep track with the politics going on amongst the different races. Will Mitch be able to keep his friends and girlfriend, Lady Elizabeth, safe from those that wish to see them out of power?
It has been almost exactly two years since I read the first book in this series, The World Below, so my memory was very hazy when it came to trying to remember anything from the last book. The first book had not wowed me but it had been interesting enough that I acknowledged that there could be a lot more to be discovered in future books which could draw me into the series more. While Mitch and his adventures with the goblins is the focus of the series, I was excited at how many new mythical creatures the author introduced in this book. At the height of the book’s plot, in an action packed battle, the author brings together all the new and old creatures we know from the first two books to destroy another new supernatural race (I won’t spoil the surprise) and this to me is where the author shines. The battle is classic fantasy and I ate up every minute of it. Scenes like this really make the book worth reading.
Just like during my first rodeo with this series, I experienced a familiar aversion to the very characters that this series is about. I’m big into fantasy and that includes my love for royalty, witches, wizards, vampires, elves, the list goes on and on. But, apparently, goblins are not a character of the fantasy realm that I really connect with. Their behavior is disgusting and childish, but that is their nature and the author has accurately captured this in his books. I just don’t enjoy reading about boogers and farts; there I said it. Over half of the book is dedicated to the shenanigans and side missions Mitch and the goblins get into. Therefore I got to experience a lot of their characteristic behaviors but I also spent much of my time wondering what the point of this book was. There were little battles but I didn’t understand what the book was building towards. The reader does come to understand what evil forces are working in the background against Mitch, and they will continue to plague him in future books I’m sure, but it took too long to get there. The epic closing battle comes upon us too quickly and I think more background was needed to understand why Mitch was under siege.
I liked the first book because I thought the series had promise and I enjoy fantasy tales. However, now that I’ve read the second book and found myself disappointed that the story didn’t go as deep into the background of all the different worlds and creatures, I don’t feel as confident in recommending the book as I did with the last one I read. I’m two books into the series and still don’t feel that I understand enough about the fanciful worlds, it’s creatures, or the world politics. At this point, I’m not sure I’d be willing to invest more time in the series if it still hasn’t answered enough of my questions or engaged me enough with the story.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.