Title: Olde School written by Selah Janel
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Page count: 361
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5
Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.
Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger 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 unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. 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. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.
Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Olde School, I appreciate you stopping in! 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!
About the Author
She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but has a deep love of children’s and YA literature and can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.
Her first title ‘Mooner’ is a historical, vampire-centric horror story from No Boundaries Press. She will have stories included in upcoming issues of ‘The MacGuffin,’ ‘The Realm Beyond,’ and the 2012 Wicked East Press Anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls.’ She also writes about women’s roles and perceptions in genre fiction and film for the Fandom Fest blog Fandom Scene.