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Makenna is a young hedge witch, forced to flee her village the day her mother is murdered for practicing magic.

In the wilds of the forest, she forms an unexpected alliance with the mysterious goblins, and together they resolve to fight back against the humans and the cruel Decree of Bright Magic.

But as Makenna grows more successful and her goblin army becomes stronger, her existence threatens the ruling Hierarchy's plans for the country. She ...

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Overview

Makenna is a young hedge witch, forced to flee her village the day her mother is murdered for practicing magic.

In the wilds of the forest, she forms an unexpected alliance with the mysterious goblins, and together they resolve to fight back against the humans and the cruel Decree of Bright Magic.

But as Makenna grows more successful and her goblin army becomes stronger, her existence threatens the ruling Hierarchy's plans for the country. She evades every trap they set, until a young knight named Tobin comes to the Goblin Wood hoping to regain his lost honour. And each of them finds something else instead...

A young Hedgewitch, an idealistic knight, and an army of clever goblins fight against the ruling hierarchy that is trying to rid the land of all magical creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fast-paced adventure fantasy. Readers who enjoy being swept up in intelligent action will leap right in.”
Horn Book Magazine
“A rousing fantasy adventure.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fast-paced adventure fantasy. Readers who enjoy being swept up in intelligent action will leap right in.”
ALA Booklist
“This well-crafted fantasy adventure demonstrates Bell’s talent for creating enduring characters and worlds.”
Publishers Weekly
A 12-year-old daughter of a hedgewitch who has been drowned for using outlawed magic, learns to fight in order to maintain balance in her world. In a starred review, PW said, "Magic battles magic in this winning fantasy, an inspired meditation on war, prejudice and friendship." Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Makenna must flee for her life after her mother is killed by neighbors who have turned against their hedgewitch and healer. Makenna, who has been learning hedgewitchery from her mother, wreaks a thorough and unmagical vengeance by forcing open the gate to a dam and flooding her village. She lives as a bitter outcast bedeviled by mischievous goblins until she learns how to befriend them. She ends up as their valued leader as they flee fearfully from the humans who persecute them. The story abruptly shifts to Tobin's life. Tobin is a young and honorable knight who is mistakenly branded a traitor. After imprisonment and harsh trial, he is given the choice between living ever after in disgrace or taking the challenge of finding the dangerous sorceress who controls the goblins in Goblin Wood. How can he not accept this quest to help the Bright Ones fight the power of the Dark One? Will a knight, who is wise enough to realize that his knighthood is not so much an honor as a lifelong burden, be able to penetrate the magic? Readers will hate to put this fascinating book down until they find out the fates of Tobin and Makenna and the goblins. Ms. Bell, a reference librarian, has also written Songs of Power and A Matter of Profit, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. 2003, HarperCollins Children's Books,
— Janet Crane Barley
VOYA
Chaos reigns in the Realm of the Bright Gods, and twelve-year-old Makenna is caught in the conflict. Fleeing the village where government priests unfairly executed her mother as a sorceress, Makenna employs her brilliant tactical mind and her own minimal hedgewitch magic to survive. Watching the torment the priests inflict on magical creatures, Makenna vows revenge, enlisting the equally persecuted goblins for their array of enchantments. Five years later, Makenna's clan resides in the north, behind the highly fortified Goblin Wall where they fight to oust the encroaching settlers of the Realm. Determined to defeat the goblins, the government sends a knight, Tobin, to carry out a destructive mission, but Tobin's meeting with Makenna and the goblins forces both sides to alter their plans. Bell delivers an intricate fantasy starring the memorable Makenna and Tobin, and who can resist the fascinating idiosyncrasies of a hoard of goblins? On opposite sides of a war, Makenna and Tobin grapple with conflicting loyalties and make decisions that imbue the story with a natural momentum that makes for a tightly knit plot and enjoyable reading. As in her other books, Bell unflinchingly confronts the inevitability of human conflict, including death and despair, underscoring the honor and determination of the main characters and ensuring that the reader will stick with Makenna until the last page. Readers of Tamora Pierce's Wild Magic series or Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997/VOYA August 1997) will want to add this book to their stacks. This title is strongly recommended for school and public libraries. PLB
— Caitlin Augusta <%ISBN%>0060513713
KLIATT
The Goblin Wood begins with a violent act: young Makenna's mother is murdered by her village for being a hedgewitch, a practitioner of small-time healing magic. To save herself, Makenna flees to the woods with her mother's spellbooks. While stealing food from another village, Makenna meets the goblin Cogswhallop, who has problems of his own. Goblins, like hedgewitches, are being persecuted by the Decree of Bright Magic recently passed by the kingdom's priests. Makenna and Cogswhallop join forces to stop the persecution. Five years later, Makenna is a young woman beloved by the goblins as their general and feared by the humans as a great sorceress. Goblins have fled beyond the Goblin Wall in the north; humans are being pushed north by southern barbarians and need to settle beyond the Wall, destroying the goblins in the process. Makenna and her army stand in the way of this plan. Tobin, a young knight falsely accused of treason, has been sent by the priests to capture her. The solution to the knotty settlement problem is in the end a bit too easy, but it is satisfying to watch Tobin, Makenna and Cogswhallop come to see beyond their stubborn prejudices and decide that a solution is worth finding. There is no clear villain in this complex novel. Recommended for both male and female YAs, especially fans of fantasy. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, HarperCollins, 371p. map., Ages 12 to 18.
—Samantha Musher
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Fantasy and intrigue blend in a mythical medieval land where good and evil are not always clearly distinguishable. When the story opens, 12-year-old Makenna has just witnessed the murder of her mother, the local hedgewitch, by decree of a priest of the Hierarch, aided by the villagers whom Makenna's mother had always helped. Angry and bitter, the grieving girl seeks revenge on the village and runs away into the woods, where she encounters and befriends the goblins-a small, magical race of people who are being systematically exterminated by the Hierarch. Advance five years to another part of the Hierarch's territory and meet Tobin, a knight who takes the blame for his younger brother's role in an attempted coup. Tobin will be allowed to redeem himself by capturing the sorceress who has aligned herself with the goblins. This, of course, is Makenna. When the two young people meet, they discover that the world around them cannot be viewed as all good or all bad and together they attempt to provide a safe haven for both humans and goblins. Fantasy novels for young people do not often explore the gray areas, which makes for some interesting and thought-provoking reading here. However, Bell provides few transitions between times and places, making it difficult to discern what has happened and where readers are in this mythical world. This lack of transition detracts from an otherwise promising political fantasy.-Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In an exciting fantasy, the author of Songs of Power (2000) and Matter of Profit (2001), creates a world at war, one in which the rulers of a theocracy attempt to exterminate a non-human race as well as those humans with magical powers who aren’t priests. That’s why 12-year-old Makenna watches her sorcerer mother’s drowning on the order of the village priest. Filled with hatred, she escapes into the forest and organizes the goblins into a guerilla force, orchestrating their withdrawal behind a wall that separates the country’s south from north. Meanwhile, Tobin, a young aristocrat from the south, is manipulated by the religious authorities and sent to trap Makenna and allow the priests’ leaders to break the power of the goblins. As usual, Bell’s story is complex, with several subplots, and a surprising, satisfying ending; likewise, the character development is exceptional: the humans are very real and understandable, while the goblins are convincing and sympathetic. This raises questions about the ethics of war, justifications for revenge, and motivations of human conduct. Strong, likable characters and the involving plot make this a surefire winner. (Fiction. YA)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fast-paced adventure fantasy. Readers who enjoy being swept up in intelligent action will leap right in."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060513733
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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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    Posted February 20, 2013

    Lluna

    She gave a saddened sigh making her way back slowly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Reading it at school

    The beginning starts out weird so yeah but maybe if it gets better then it can get five stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Amazing!

    Im so sad i read them all I want to keep the story going! Everyone should read this!

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    Posted February 25, 2012

    Megalopolis

    I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Really good book

    I have the real thing i have the book already it is getting really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Awesome

    I have a real hard back of this and LOVED IT! i have the sample on my nook but not the full version. I thought the book was wonderful. Definitly a book to get no doubt!

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    What I thought.

    This book was overall good. I loved the storyline and the characters. I seriously couldn't put down the book when I was reading it. I was very upset when I couldn't find another book in the series but I did read this one like three times maybe more.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Love it.

    I first read this book when I was probably 12 or 13. I'm 17 now and I'm still re-reading it. It's quick paced and you truly feel for the characters. It used to be my all time favorite book. I've read many books since this one so it's no longer my all time favorite but still easily making my top 5. I love this book a lot and as I write this I'm thinking that I'll go re-read it again right now. (:

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Great Book

    I loved this book when I was a teenager. It's a very fun read. Takes you to another world, but a world that can be imagined as real. Recommended to friends and they loved it too.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Simply Amazing.

    This is with out a doubt my favorite book. The action is amazing and it's so easy to fall in love with the characters. I've read this book about four times now, and I will definitely read it again. I've just read on Hilari Bell's website that she's making two sequels and i can not wait to read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    An Exciting Tale

    The Goblin Wood was a mysterious, spine chilling book. I loved it! If you don't like goblins or magic, then I guess reading my review is pointless. I got goosebumps when I read it. It felt like a smooth lullably that carried me to the next page, and so on. It is the most exciting book I've ever read. I loved the urge inside my heart that made me never want to put the book down. This magical novel, will stay forever on my shelf as a beautiful story. I got all tingling at the end and was very sad when it ended. I hope Hilari Bell will continue a series for the Goblin Wood and produce the wondrous music of the exciting tale of Makenna the hedgewitch! I love that book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    im not a big reader

    im not a big reader but i loved this book! i couldnt get my nose out of it for days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book was a very good read for the first 50ish pages, it then gets boring but picks up again soon after. it was a very entertaing book, and i wish that it didn't end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really liked this book. I found it well written and exciting, but not at the least bit predictable. But, I was very dissapointed at the ending. It ended on a very empty note. Where is the second???????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    i love this book!!! but the ending was kinda dissapointing. i mean, wheres the rest? what happens to the goblins that get left behind? what happens with makkena and tobin? there needs to be more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    books rock and if you've read The Goblin Wood, you know it's true

    The Goblin Wood is a wonderfully written, and compulsively readable book. I, personally, have always had trouble finding a good book to read, because of the fact that when it comes to books, I'm extreamly picky. While skimming through the shelves at B&N, I noticed The Goblin Wood, and after reading the back, I was completely taken by it. From that moment, I could not put it down-it was that good. I hope you find The Goblin Wood as wonderful as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    its awsome

    its awsome awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    This Is a Must Read

    This Book Is amazing!!! I have read it about 40 times and it still grabs my interest I don't think I have ever read a book this adicting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    A reviewer

    the book was amazing full of action and two faced politics! where u learn that sometimes u cant fight for the ones u care about. u learn there truly ARE faded lines between right and wrong espiacally how u go about doing the 'right' where's the SEQUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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