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Olde School by Selah Janel

Olde School

by Selah Janel

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From toll bridge to troll bridge, from magic to television, and from “rags to riches” to the end of the Golden Age, it might be “a warm day in the Snow Queen’s castle” before this troll will let the banks cheat him with credit cards, but picking up Selah Janel’s Olde School will offer you a cool fun read presented in a nicely new “olde school” style of fairytale. The dialog is brisk, bright, and appropriately irreverent, descriptions are vividly imaginative and delightfully self-consistent, and action scenes alternate between hilarious and terrifying.

Olde School starts in a pleasingly modernized land of fairytale and troll. Characters blend contemporary archetypes with fable and charm, and all seems well up to an unmissably ridiculous fight scene. But dark deeds are afoot in the forest beyond the bridge, and some truly scary horrors lie in wait. When a “certified crone” is called to the hospital, it’s obvious there’s more than natural fairytale stuff going on here, and I would love to read more stories of this realm and Paddlelump’s ongoing quest.

Add a touch of mystery, a pinch of romance, and a healthy dose of unimagined power to modern-day fable, and you’ll get the picture. This novel is fun. Its characters are fun. And its world is just waiting for more.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour. I just wish I’d had time to read it earlier. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Apr 20, 2015 |
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