Tinn and Cole Burton have done something you probably haven’t: Saved a bear cub from a swamp, and gone into a magical wood, without tools, alone. You can follow their adventure in William Ritter’s new novel, “The Changeling.”
Almost thirteen years ago a goblin sneaked into the quiet town of Endsborough to exchange a goblin changeling for a human baby. He almost succeeded, but was forced to flee. When he returned to take the human child, he could not tell the difference, and so he ran back to his homeland, The Wild Wood, without the baby.
Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, blissfully unaware that one of them is a changeling. However, the veil is lifted when both their mother and the goblin that brought one of them to their home announce that one of them is a changeling, but they don’t know which one. After receiving the unbelievable news, the boys go out into The Wild Wood for answers. Almost as soon as they get to The Wild Wood, they run into a girl named Fable, who decides to join them on their quest.
Ritter’s writing was generally admirable. However, there were a couple spots in that I had to reread to fully understand what was happening, and it felt that the writing was done in a hurry. Even with hasty writing in some parts, the plot came together very nicely. In most cases, you could vividly see the characters and their actions.
The plot and the descriptions, for the most part, were outstanding. However, because of some confusing parts I rate this book an eight and a half out of ten and recommend it for ages nine to fifteen. “The Changeling” is a great read and will keep your mind occupied for a good amount of time.