The first book in an action-packed fantasy adventure series featuring witches, shape-shifters, and other creatures of fairytale and folklore, including two brothers-one human and one a goblin changeling-on a life-changing quest into the Oddmire. Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind-a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant's crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind. Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are. In The Oddmire 1: Changeling, the New York Times bestselling author of the Jackaby series brings to life a bold new adventure, the first in a series about monsters, magic, and mayhem.
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by William Ritter
"Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's pleasant, wry tone is the perfect counterpoint to the darkness in this twisting fairy tale. When goblin Kull botches an attempt to leave behind a changeling, Annie suddenly finds her infant son has become twins. She lovingly raises Tinn and Cole as brothers, with no one knowing which one is the goblin. When they're nearly 13, they are drawn into the Wild Wood and the dangerous Oddmire, where they search for the truth about themselves. Kull and Annie forge an odd alliance to search for the boys; the delightful brogue Ross gives Kull juxtaposed with Annie's no-nonsense mom voice reflects the blend of folklore and realism at the heart of the story. The Deep Dark that stalks all of them is grisly, but Ross's style gentles it just enough. S.T.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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