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The Goblin Crown Book Review

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Turner Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. That sounds like a very interesting series.I like stories about goblins etc.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review. Enjoyed the thoughts shared after your spoiler alert.

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