Olde School: Tour Stop + Review

Olde School: Tour Stop + ReviewOlde School by Selah Janel
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Series: The Kingdom City Chronicles #1
Published by LLC on March 18th 2014
ISBN: 1937929655
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 428
Format: eBook
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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.
  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

About Selah Janel

Selah Janel

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either.

Olde School: Review

I couldn’t stop picturing Shrek while reading Olde School. This is such a wacky fantasy tale that I find it tricky to review. Ogres hired for contract killers? It’s so… eccentric, but in a really good way.

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Padd, our main protagonist, is a relatable character. He’s gone from timid to a character worth rooting for. 

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Olde School started out well, but it was a bit of a yawn by the time I got midway through it. I was practically skimming the pages and I couldn’t wait for it to end. 

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 I really wanted to like Olde School, but it just didn’t do it for me. But that’s not to say you won’t enjoy it. If you’d like something different and quirky, get a copy of Olde School and read it for yourself!

Olde School: Favourite Quote

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