Guarding a bridge is a pretty traditional way for a troll to make a living, but Paddlelump Stonemonger is far from a traditional troll. Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Padd is quickly coming to wish he'd never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it's also brought him a lot of unwanted attention, especially from the Lord Mayor. To make matters worse, good help is hard to find, as the maids and serving wenches now have unions. It's enough to overwhelm any businesstroll. Even Padd's oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. So when a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest at night, the troll doesn't think much of it. The land has been in his family for generations, and as the first troll to do much with it, he has bigger things to worry about. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he'll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.
Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap's diner, or at least avoid being dinner for something else. It's enough to make the well-intentioned troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.
Olde School is Book One of The Kingdom City Chronicles
|Publisher:||Seventh Star Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)|
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From toll bridge to troll bridge, from magic to television, and from “rags to riches” to the end of the Golden Age, it might be “a warm day in the Snow Queen’s castle” before this troll will let the banks cheat him with credit cards, but picking up Selah Janel’s Olde School will offer you a cool fun read presented in a nicely new “olde school” style of fairytale. The dialog is brisk, bright, and appropriately irreverent, descriptions are vividly imaginative and delightfully self-consistent, and action scenes alternate between hilarious and terrifying. Olde School starts in a pleasingly modernized land of fairytale and troll. Characters blend contemporary archetypes with fable and charm, and all seems well up to an unmissably ridiculous fight scene. But dark deeds are afoot in the forest beyond the bridge, and some truly scary horrors lie in wait. When a “certified crone” is called to the hospital, it’s obvious there’s more than natural fairytale stuff going on here, and I would love to read more stories of this realm and Paddlelump’s ongoing quest. Add a touch of mystery, a pinch of romance, and a healthy dose of unimagined power to modern-day fable, and you’ll get the picture. This novel is fun. Its characters are fun. And its world is just waiting for more. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour. I just wish I’d had time to read it earlier.
I thought the concept of this book sounded really interesting and unique. The merging of fantasy world and real world gave it quite a nice little enticing edge to it. I thought the characters were very well written and layered in such a way that really brought them to life. This was not a light and fluffy tale. Yes there was humor and fun, but also a lot of darkness. I thought the characters teetered on the edge of that darkness very well. Definitely kept me plowing through and anxiously waiting to see where this wild ride went. *Hint: It went to very cool places!* I really liked this strange tale. Also, I laugh every time I see the name Paddlelump Stonemonger! I just can't help it!
I’d like to thank both TLC Book Tours and Selah Janel for giving me the opportunity to read this book and review it! I was immediately excited to read this book…I don’t read a lot of them but when I do I love fairy tale retellings which is why I’m such a big fan of the Fables comic book series. I loved reading this book…reading this book was all types of fun. It had everything that I was looking for in a read…it had drama, suspense, humor…and it was pretty dark sometimes which was a good thing. I loved the grittiness of this book. Honestly the only other series to capture fairy tale creatures this way is the Fables series and that’s it. I would definitely count this book as one of my most favorite reads of this year, once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the cast of characters which were so diverse and imaginative, definitely characters that will stick out in my mind forever. The world building in this book is such a treat and the writing is gorgeous and descriptive which made the world of Olde School come alive around me. I also MUST give a mention to the cover because I absolutely love it. I love the grittiness of it. Right away you can tell this is definitely not your average treatment of a book full of creatures out of the stories we all heard when we were young. Love it! I would definitely recommend giving Olde School a read as I am sure you will not be disappointed. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating because I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think fantasy fans will definitely find something to enjoy within it’s pages. It’s book one of a series so I will definitely be looking out for the next book!
As a member of the “Acknowledgements” family at the beginning of this book, I had the rare luxury of reading it in all of its incarnations over the last few years. I’ve watched it grow and change from a silly idea in a hobbyist writer’s imagination to the epic folk-fantasy adventure before me as I write this. The simple response to the “give your review” statement would be this: I love it. And I’m not just saying that as an insider. I stay that with all the respect and admiration that this book deserves. It’s a non-stop wild ride through classic folk and fairy tales, modernized to include every generation and genre under the sun. It’s fantastical, it’s out there, it’s knee-slapping hilarious, it’s pushing the limits and stretching the boundaries, and it’s even oddly poignant at certain moments. From my first glance into Trip-Trap’s all the way up to the very last word, I was entranced. Paddlelump is a doll, and if I were Flora, I’d have a soft spot for him too. Ippick is my new personal hero, as cranky and crotchety as he is. And then there’s Clyde, the newfound love of my life. But I won’t spoil that surprise. The characters have such great chemistry, and even poor, little Nobody and her pitiful need for acceptance. Between the witty conversation and the intricate and winding European-style fairy-tale plot lines, I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much going on in Kingdom City, and every page is a brand new adventure. Every time I pick it up and start rereading, I catch onto a subtle, new joke and I laugh a little bit harder. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone that happens to see the pretty cover and stop to look. My only complaint is this: she hasn’t written the next book in the series yet, and I have to wait.