My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I got this book in exchange for an honest review from Story Cartel.
The distance between the narrator and characters turned me off. I assume it was an effort to make it seem more like an ancient tale. Therefore I think it could be good for young elementary kids. Lots of fantasy, unique characters, and very tiny amounts of violence.
However for me, it just made it hard to connect with the characters. And without that connection to character it really made it hard to slog through the book. However if you like the feel of an ancient tale, this is a great option.
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I hate to give bad reviews for a clever book. It really is a good story. The gnomes and other fantasy characters are neat. The author does a good job of bringing it back to the real world and what the parents are thinking and feeling. Violence is only mentioned in passing and in a distant way. The final "battle" isn't even a battle. It would make a great novel for you to read to your elementary aged child or for them to read for themselves. It doesn't translate well for adults, but kids would enjoy it immensely.