From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A great romp through fantasy and fable, Goblins delivers a highly descriptive and suspenseful tale that, in the end, proves the power of friendship. The story chronicles the adventures of a too-clever-for-his-own-good goblin and a handsome but hapless hero-wannabe human as they join forces to fight a troll, rescue a princess who doesn't want to be rescued, and thwart the efforts of three inept sorcerers intent on restoring the powers of the evil Lych Lord. At times funny, at times dark, and with just enough gore to keep it interesting, Goblins is a great read.-Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Skarper, a goblin ejected by catapult from his tribe, and Henwyn, a cheese maker’s son and aspirant knight who has been cast from his home after exploding the family factory, form an unlikely duo who rescue a princess, discover hidden tunnels, and save a kingdom. This is a delightful romp through towers, passageways, marshes, and fog, with characters that are lovable but flawed, and a sense of humor that forever lurks near the surface like the troll under the proverbial (and actual) bridge. Reeve has created a charming world where location and character names—Dungnutt, Knobbler, Libnog—are only a few of the details that add snap to the story. He cracks a few stereotypes along the way, starting with a princess in middle age, rather than dewy youth, who goes by the name of Ned. Engaging, assured writing on Reeve’s part makes this an excellent read-aloud for home or school. Conflicts are resolved, but the ending is open enough that a sequel remains a welcome possibility. Grades 3-5. --Cindy Welch