Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.
Manny was a kid who was going through a very hard time after loosing both parents in an accident. He was left to live with his Aunt. Manny was having a very hard time adjusting, and he found himself in a lot of trouble.
Manny goes into a bookstore that he likes to visit, and sees that there is someone new behind the counter. Mr Gray. Manny goes to the back of the store and empties his backpack while going through the books on the shelf. Then he sees one he hasn't seen before. It's old, mysterious, and so of course he has to grab the book and then.....
Manny is transported into a magical world.
Manny is not quite himself. When he sees a reflection of himself yet he doesn't see a "boy" any more. He had grown longer arms and pointed ears. Evensong he encountered called him a goblin, yet he had all the memories of his "normal" life. Things are very confusing for him, and he has to try and find a way back his world. There and then the adventure begins.
This was such a cute book. I cannot wait to re-read it with my son. He will love it. I mean what isn't to love. A young boy being transported to a magical world with magical creatures, and having magical adventures. Yes, please!
I don't want to give anything away, but when I got to the end I was like "OOOOHHHH"! It's just such a fun read. I am always looking for things to read with my son that will keep his attention, and I believe this book will have the ability to do so.
I do not think there was anything I didn't like about this book, other than it is definitely for a younger reader. Thankfully I still LOVE reading those kinds of books. I loved the magical world. I loved to read about adventures. I often wonder if all boys have stories like this running through their heads :).
Source: I received this book as part of a tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review in anyway, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
About the Authors:
A graduate of the University of Texas' film program, Aaron de Orive began his professional writing career in the video game industry, serving as a lead or senior writer on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is also the creator of the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn. Blade Singer is his first novel. Aaron lives in Austin with his wife, daughter, and two very spoiled terriers.
Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Siren Depths, The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published by Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in April 2013, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World, was released in March 2014. Two collections of Books of the Raksura novellas will be published in September 2014 and Fall 2015. She has had short stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Year's Best Fantasy #7, Tales of the Emerald Serpent and The Other Half of the Sky. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge.
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