Fri 29 Feb 2008
Hilari Bell has written ten or twelve books, and they generally seem to be popular. I hadn’t read any prior to this, and it’s mostly because I’m shallow. No, that’s the truth: I saw “Hilari Bell” and my brain translated it to “Hilary Duff”. Of course, after having read The Goblin Wood, I went to Bell’s website and found out that she’s an almost-fifty-year-old former children’s librarian who lives with her mother, brother, and sister-in-law. Not exactly what I’d pictured. Now, in order to rectify my egregious mistake, I’ll be purchasing and reading more of her books.
The story is told in alternating chapters, between Makenna, a hedgewitch, and Tobin, a disgraced knight. Makenna’s mother was killed by religious fundamentalists who decided that hedgewitches were minions of The Dark One, and now she does not trust humans. Luckily, there are goblins — short, semi-magical beings with human levels of intelligence. Makenna and the goblins team up to try to keep the humans out of the northern part of the forest. Five years later, they are so successful that the church decides to send a knight after her to neutralize her threat. (more…)