Emmaline has never seen a goblin, but when a long-tailed, furry creature turns her into a rabbit, she knows she has encountered one. Bostwick, the magician in her family’s castle, now has the mission of finding the means of reversing the spell.
Bostwick and Emmaline travel to Ataxia, a goblin land ruled by the unpredictable Queen Delilah. Her castle is as unreliable as she is, but they know she has an object, a “Domino”, that can help Emmaline. A failed attempt to steal it lands Bostwick in the position of serving the queen as a butler. Aided by her maid, Millicent, Bostwick and Emmaline grow accustomed to life in a goblin queen’s castle.
Queen Delilah has problems of her own, however. A serial bomber seems bent on destroying her kingdom. While Bostwick has little love for his eccentric employer, he cannot stand by while innocent goblin lives are destroyed. He and Emmaline prove to be Delilah’s best allies.
This first book in The Styx Trilogy is packed with engaging characters and humorous dialogue. Bostwick’s aloof cynicism clashes with Delilah’s whimsical mood swings. Meanwhile Millicent’s innocence and Emmaline’s sense of justice keep the others on track. The author skillfully incorporates challenging vocabulary for readers looking to expand their lexicon. A great beginning to a series that should appeal to fantasy lovers.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.