Review: Goblins vs Dwaves by Philip Reeve


Another fantastically exciting novel set in a land of magic from the award-winning Philip Reeve. The heroes of GOBLINS continue their adventures outside the walls of Clovenstone castle. Awaiting Skarper and Henwyn are powerful dark forces that must be vanquished, monstrous creatures to be fought, and astonishing mysteries to be solved.


WARNING: This is a sequel to Goblins by Philip Reeve and so will likely have spoilers to the first book ….. which you should read or else I shall chuck you on the used bum wipe heap.

I can honestly say that this book is the first time I’ve actively begged for a copy of a book since becoming a book-blogger. That’s gotta tell you something about how good the first one was, at least. It’s set in the fantasy land of Clovenstone, where Goblins once reigned; since the end of the 1st book, their kingdom has changed. Princess Ned is now in charge by default (seeing as no one else wants to do it or is responsible enough) and Henwyn and Skarper are the unlikely double act of would-be heroes defending the land. Things are going well in this mishmash kingdom, until the Dwarves arrive. Since the Lych Lord’s star returned in the last book and the magic of the world is returning to Clovenstone, all the Westlands creatures are reappearing, too – and the Dwarves are not to be messed with; they may be small but they won’t be looked down upon. The time of war is upon Clovenstone if they wish to save their kingdom from a great and mighty fall from below.

In my first review, I compared Goblins to the likes of The Princess Bride or some sort of hair-brained, amazing Monty Python sketch and Goblins vs Dwarves doesn’t hold back. The Dwarves are a fighting bunch and very no-nonsense, whereas the Goblins are all nonsense and love a good fight – but aren’t exactly organised about it. That’s kind of the theme of the book; organised chaos in its utmost perfection. 

Philip Reeve can’t do much wrong in my eyes and I’m not over-stating it. I haven’t read one of his books and been disappointed; this book is just another notch in the tally of his catalogue of work. Firstly, it looks stunning and yay! it matches the style of the first book to boot. One of my favourite features in Goblins was the on-going sprinkling of illustrations that just added that extra touch to the story to make me smile with each turn of the page – and I was pleased to see them in this book too. 

Goblins vs Dwarves is funny, adventurous, thrilling and clever on many levels and if you haven’t read Philip Reeve before then go start with Goblins; you won’t be sorry. (At the end of my last review I asked for a cuddly Skarper for Christmas and I didn’t get one, so this time I’m asking for some Clovenstone cheese please 😀 )

Published by Scholastic UK and is available here and bookshops from March 2013

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *