The Adventures of the Billy Goats Gruff by Kevin D. Futers
A well written, richly descriptive retelling of the old fairytale, The Billy Goats Gruff. It took me a while to get into it, quite involved at the start along with many different names that take on different forms, be it the long name or the shortened version, which took a little bit of getting used to.
As a great fan of fairytales, I loved to experience the new concept built on the age-old story of The Billy Goats Gruff. It somehow brought the story home to explore the lives and the background that could surround the fable. I never considered the three goats as being brothers transformed into goats by an evil wizard, but when you think about it – it really works.
As the three brothers, Edgar, Bert and Frith are cursed by an evil wizard they are forced to set off in search of the one thing that will break their curse – the kiss of a troll maiden. This sounds a lot easier than it is in fact. As the years pass and different problems and adventures befall the trio, they are slowly becoming more and more goat-like. Each only gets one chance and each time he fails, he loses some of his humanity and his identity and memories begin to fade. At the same time as trying to get a troll maiden to kiss them, the boys have managed to enrage the troll community by killing one of their kin and insulting several others.
An intriguing and easy-flowing read.
Four stars ****