Olde School opens up in a diner. A nice diner, called Trip Trap’s, in an out of the way location in Kingdom City. Uljah Toothgnasher and Ippick Bonecrusher are waiting for their friend, Paddlehump Stonemonger, to join them. While waiting they chat it up with what every good diner possesses, a sassy waitress named Flora. When Paddlehump arrives, he is obviously younger than his friends, he has only recently began growing his tusks. You see, Toothgnasher, Bonecrusher and Stonemonger are trolls. They live in Kingdom City along with ogres and pixies and, of course, princesses. But Kingdom City isn’t your old fashioned Kingdom, there is internet and email and even internet dating.
Paddlehump is very successful, his land beyond the bridge that he trolls on, is in much demand by some of the unsavory city officials. He is not successful in finding help however, and his cleaning girl, Nobody, turns out not to be who she says she is. Leading Paddlehump and his friends on a frightening journey to save Kingdom City from the Olde Ones.
This was such an enjoyable book. It reminded me of The Princess Bride, an adult fairy tale, humorous and yet suspenseful. It would make a great movie! I am pleased to see that Olde School is titled The Kingdom City Chronicles Book 1 – which means there will be more to come, and I will be here waiting impatiently for more!