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The Goblin Gate (Goblin Wood Series #2)
     

The Goblin Gate (Goblin Wood Series #2)

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by Hilari Bell
 

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Jeriah’s brother, Tobin, is in terrible danger.

He’s willingly crossed over to the Otherworld with a hedgewitch named Makenna and her legion of goblins. What Tobin doesn’t know is that the Otherworld is a perilous dimension that will leech the magic from those who have it—and the life from those who don’t. Searching for the key to

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Jeriah’s brother, Tobin, is in terrible danger.

He’s willingly crossed over to the Otherworld with a hedgewitch named Makenna and her legion of goblins. What Tobin doesn’t know is that the Otherworld is a perilous dimension that will leech the magic from those who have it—and the life from those who don’t. Searching for the key to rescue Tobin, Jeriah is thrust into a tangled web of political intrigue as he uncovers a dangerous secret that could change the fate of an entire kingdom. In order to save both his brother and the kingdom, Jeriah must get help from the very beings he’s been taught to hate—the mischievous goblins. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Tobin. . . .

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
“Sympathetic characters struggling through challenges both external and internal.”
VOYA - Cheryl Clark
This sequel picks up where The Goblin Wood (HarperCollins, 2003/VOYA August 2003)left off. Makenna, Tobin, and a mass of goblins are escaping into the magical Otherworld just as Tobin's brother, Jeriah, and Lazur, the priest who wants to destroy them, ride onto the scene. When Jeriah learns that the Otherworld is actually a death trap to humans, he resolves to save his brother, but it will take plotting, treachery, and an alliance with the goblins he despises for Jeriah to pull it off. In the meantime, Makenna and Tobin have figured out that the haven they sought has invisible enemies who will do anything to drive them away. Can Jeriah act in time to save his brother, or will Makenna and Jeriah languish in a world that does not want them? For fans of fantasy fiction, this is a stay-up-past-your-bedtime type of read. Although the plot centers on a character who was only peripheral in The Goblin Wood, readers will quickly warm to Jeriah and his convoluted efforts to free his brother and navigate the political intrigues of his enemies. Full of creative plot twists, sympathetic characters, and conflicts in which right and wrong are turned upside down, this fantasy will delight readers. If your library does not have The Goblin Wood, be sure to pick it up along with this excellent sequel. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Children's Literature - Donna Ashcraft
Jeriah Rovan is driven to save his brother, Tobin, who has aided the sorceress Makenna in entering the Otherworld to find safe haven for the goblins. The Otherworld is a place where Tobin is bound to die if not rescued quickly, but Jeriah needs magic and powers to aid him in opening a gate to rescue his brother. This quest leads him to serious conflicts with his father and into deep danger as he positions himself working in the palace temple in order to find the secret notes that give instructions on creating a gate into the Otherworld. Each chapter is organized with an episode about Jeriah, followed by an interlude from those who entered the Otherworld. The characters and their predicaments are worthwhile and compelling, while the fantasy world Bell creates is believable and sustains the mystery and excitement of the plot. What Jeriah accomplishes goes beyond his brother's predicament to a solution that involves the kingdom, sure to be enjoyed by readers of fantasy. Reviewer: Donna Ashcraft
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Beginning where The Goblin Wood (HarperCollins, 2003) ended, this story immediately throws readers into the conflict between the sorceress Makenna and her goblin band and the forces of the Hierarch, led by Master Lazur, a priest of the Realm of the Bright Gods. To escape certain death Makenna, the goblins, and the young knight Tobin fling themselves through a magical gate into the Otherworld. It soon becomes clear that there is something not quite right about the Otherworld and a plan to leave it is desperately sought. At the same time, Tobin's young brother Jeriah learns that the Otherworld is deadly to humans and that Tobin has only a short time to live if he remains there. Master Lazur has the spells to recast the Gate, but will not divulge their hiding place. Jeriah vows to find them and save his brother and in the process uncovers an incredible years-old conspiracy. Whew! The nuances of politics and the nature of good and evil are well explored in this fantasy sequel. Through Jeriah's eyes, readers learn that immense wrongs are often committed to achieve a greater good. However, this book does not stand on its own; in order to appreciate the action and intrigue, readers must be acquainted with the characters and backstory.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel (Goblin Wood, 2003), Makenna and Tobin, having escaped with a group of goblins to the Otherworld, set about building a new community for the goblins. Jeriah, having discovered that the Otherworld will kill his brother, prowls through church headquarters searching for spells to bring him back.Alternating chapters describe Makenna and Tobin's progress in the Otherworld and Jeriah's hide-and-seek in the City of Steps. Suspense is almost painful--deteriorating conditions in the Otherworld cut back and forth to the byzantine religious and political conditions Jeriah confronts.The plot is intricate and the back story skillfully integrated, and Jeriah proves a stronger character than was indicated in the first book. His new acquaintances include a strong female clerk and a contrary goblin, who combine to add a mordant humor and sparkle to the increasing darkness of the two worlds.The classic cliffhanger ending promises another sequel--sooner this time, please. Fantasy readers, male and female alike, will gobble this book up, as will fans of Bell's other books and readers of Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars series.(Fantasy. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061651045
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Series:
Goblin Wood Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
287,180
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Hilari Bell used to work as a reference librarian, but she now writes science fiction and fantasy for kids and teens from her home base in Denver, Colorado.Hilari’s favorite activity is camping, when she spends all her time reading and hiking. She says, “Camping is the only time I can get in enough reading. Well, I take that back—when it comes to reading, there’s no such thing as enough.”

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Goblin Gate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Im serious.
Mythicalreader More than 1 year ago
If you like the Goblin Wood you will love this book. It has suspense, tension and a beginning romance. Bell has done it again and you can continue the saga with reading the Goblin War.
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