The Oddmire, Book 2: The Unready Queen

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 26 Aug 2020

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Human-raised brothers Tinn and Cole join forces with Fable, daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, to stop the fighting between the people of Endsborough and the creatures of the Wild Wood before violence turns into all-out war.  

Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough.

But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own dark purposes, Fable cannot stay quiet. As the unspoken truce between the people of Endsborough and the inhabitants of the Wild Wood crumbles, violence escalates, threatening war and bringing Fable’s mother closer to the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.

In this second book in the Oddmire series, the New York Times bestselling author of Jackaby takes readers on an adventure full of monsters, mayhem, and magic.

Human-raised brothers Tinn and Cole join forces with Fable, daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, to stop the fighting between the people of Endsborough and the creatures of the Wild Wood before...


Advance Praise

PRAISE FOR THE ODDMIRE, BOOK 1: CHANGELING

"William Ritter draws readers ages 8-12 into an enchanted forest prowled by all manner of sinister and peculiar beings . . . Suspenseful and sometimes droll, 'Changeling' is a promising start to a planned series." -The Wall Street Journal

"Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages as they follow the twins through the dark and mysterious woods. Unique characters with complex personalities will give readers insight into the feelings and actions of not only Tinn and Cole and their mother, but the creatures-both good and evil-they encounter on their journey. A captivating series opener." -Booklist, starred review

"Fans of Michael Buckley's 'Sisters Grimm' novels will delight in this fast-paced, page-turning fantasy . . . A must-buy for any collection and a title that will lead readers to other classic titles used as source ­material." -School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE ODDMIRE, BOOK 1: CHANGELING

"William Ritter draws readers ages 8-12 into an enchanted forest prowled by all manner of sinister and peculiar beings . . . Suspenseful and sometimes...


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This was the perfect sequel to the first Oddmire book. The story continues a few months after the first adventure finished, Cole and Tinn go back to school, Fable continues to learn about magic in the woods. Everything seems to be back to normal, but it's not, especially now that people are chopping down the Wild Wood. The Unready Queen definitely is Fable's book. Although all other characters get some limelight, the story is about Fable's development. Some scenes reminded me of Pippi Longstocking; Fable is just as amazing a character as Pippi.

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I received an eARC from Netgalley for an honest review. I picked up this book to read a little before bed, and after three hours and multiple pleas from my husband to turn out the lights, I finished it. This. Was. Phenomenal. If William Ritter never writes another book to this series, I would not be unhappy in the slightest because it was THAT good. The Changeling was great. It was a romp that set up the characters, and made you love them. The Unready Queen feels like going home. It brought back every memory I had of a child, roaming my own woods, making up worlds ad creatures that lived among the trees, except in Fable's woods, the magical creatures actually exist. Tinn and Cole share a good bit of page time, but this story is solidly Fable's, and it's a story of her evolving into a truly strong young woman, one who loves her mother dearly, stands up for herself, and accepts everyone. Fable truly shows an admirable heart in this, straddling the human and magical world, wanting to live in both at all times. She's a force of nature, a child who makes mistakes and learns from them, and a loving daughter. I said this in my review for The Changeling, and I'll say it again in this one: strong moms are such a win. The tender relationship shown between Raina and Fable as well as Annie's continued adoration and all-encompassing love of both Tinn and Cole is actual goals. It's wonderful reading a story with such positive parent/children scenes as a strong backbone for the story as this is a story originally written for a younger audience who needs this kind of affirmation for their own parent/child relationship. If you never pick up another Ritter book, at least pick up The Changeling and then this one. It's so worth it. Wholesome, sweet, with kid jokes/humor, well-written characters, and a great plot, it's a story for all ages.

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