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Noggle Stones Book I: The Goblin's Apprentice (Volume 1) Paperback – March 18, 2013
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"It's great fun!" - Barry Cunningham, the editor who discovered J.K. Rowling
" 'Noggle Stones' is a fun read for young fantasy readers, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review
"Clever and original!" -- P.C. Hodgell - Author of The Godstalker Chronicles
"In the tradition of Tolkien and Rowling, Wil Radcliffe carves out his own territory in the fantasy genre." -- Ernie Colón, Co-Author of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
"Every sentence in the book is a work of art. And although I am not a big fan of the fantasy genre, I could not put this book down. This book is destined to become a classic." - James Weil, Author of Swiss Chocolate
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Wil Radcliffe was apparently born. He has spent most of his life breathing, and sometimes writing. Lately he's been hoping people will read his books and like them enough that they'll reward him with pizza.
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The Plot is exciting and the story fulfills the every wish of a true fantasy lover. I couldn't imagine reading this and not ending up with a goofy grin on your face. As the story continues, you are introduced to further characters that make you laugh and keep you wondering what will happen next.
With quotes like "Good thoughting!" how can you not love this? The dialogue was so funny that I laughed out loud multiple times. There are also some pretty cool illustrations throughout the story, which also made it fun.
I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series and would certainly recommend it.
There are some kewl drawings scattered throughout the book. The dialogue is witty, and includes some delightful songs/poems. There is a guiding philosophy called the "Four Precepts of Non-Logical Thought", and it is positively sensible, provided you're a goblin. Time-wise, the story takes place in 1899 if you're a human, and The Year of the Dappled Beetle, if you're a goblin.
There's no sex or cussing, and only very light romance. Some of the good guys do get killed, however. The characters are not particularly deep, but they are engaging. Riley Ratcatcher is a hoot. The bad guys are sufficiently evil to keep you turning the pages, but they won't plague young readers with nightmares.
Noggle Stones Book 1 - The Goblin's Apprentice was a light, enjoyable read. Pick it up when you're in a "Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!" mood.
Bugbear is a master of the discipline of Non-Logical Thought, which allows him to change -- or rather, redefine -- reality to his specifications. But he is under attack, suffers from terrible nightmare visions, and before the end, must discover where his true loyalties lie. Manchester, his human apprentice, must discover whether he can rise to the challenge of his unwanted kingship. And Tudmire must find out whether he can out-gamble every creature he comes across.
Wil Radcliffe has written a charming and enthralling tale, unlike any other fantasy novel I have read. His unique, lyrical style, reminiscent of James Thurber¡¯s The Thirteen Clocks but more roughhewn, is the perfect expression of this world, teeming with strange creatures, prophecies, and events.
Will the bee, once released from its jar, return once more? Will the kidnapped inhabitants of Willow Prairie be recovered? And will the Noggle Lord join the battle between good and evil?
When these questions torment you, you know you have fallen under the spell of Noggle Stones, heartily recommended to fantasy lovers.
Victoria Randall, author of The Ring of the Dark Elves