The Goblin Crown, first in a series of books by Star Trek: The Next Generation scriptwriter Robert Hewitt Wolfe, begins with the typical "new boy at school" story and quickly spins into a medieval adventure populated by goblins, giant bats, and strange prophecies in a land of war.
Kurt, Billy and Lexi are just regular teens from our world and time who stumble into the middle of the conflict between humans and goblins just as the eye of the prophetic crown begins to glow, heralding the arrival of the Goblin King. We're introduced to Hop, the friendly but pragmatic veteran. He believes the prophecies and gambles on leading an insurrection to dethrone General Sawtooth and grab the crown for its rightful king!
Spoiler alert: when prophecies don't work out as we'd thought, do we still believe? Do we re-examine the prophecies, consider they may be fulfilled later or differently than we imagine, or do we give up entirely? This story explores what happens to Hop and his comrades in the midst of their disappointment as hardship and death overtake good friends. I appreciate that the book teaches that faith and true friendship are often expensive.
The series promises to be a perfect leisure-reading middle school level
book, although (of course) it is also suitable for younger advanced
readers and older readers who enjoy a good story.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series when it hits the bookstores.
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