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Dance Of The Goblins by Jaq D. Hawkins
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Mar 16, 12

Read in March, 2012

When I started this book I thought it was another quest fantasy with elves, goblins, wizards, and fair damsels. Wrong assumption. This complex sci-fi/fantasy follows the survivors on Earth after a cataclysmic event called the "Turning," which cleanses the world. According to Goblin lore turnings happened many times during the history of the planet.

The "Turning" is a real event documented by geologists. Last year I saw a series called "How the Earth Was Made" and one episode investigated signs that the earth "flips" its magnetic poles every 40,000 to 60,000 years. They don't know why it happens, but the event wreaks havoc on continents, oceans, and ice caps. Only the luckiest creatures survive and evolution takes its course afterwards.

A good book takes a premise (like the Earth shifting on its polar axis) and builds a story from that point. How did humans survive? In this book people who lived underground developed into Goblins, and people who lived above ground were the typical humans (except some were magicians and shape shifters). Goblins are many different varieties of "people," deep dwellers, defenders, water goblins, and betweeners, but goblins are all connected with the rhythm of the earth and "dance" to its beat. A wise goblin and a human magician became friends after they "dance" together in a meadow. Their friendship becomes important to the survival of both races when an accident throws the two races into conflict. War could destroy everyone.

As a reader I cared about the main characters, rooted for the Goblins and the Magicians, and hoped they could prevent superstitious humans from destroying both races. This book is surprising and enjoyable, not an ordinary quest fantasy! When you read the book your foot might start tapping as you feel the dance. Get up from your chair and enjoy yourself with the goblins!
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