The Goblin Crown by Robert H. Wolfe: A Review


It is nice to switch up my usual reading with some books for pure enjoyment. I received an advanced copy of The Goblin Crown from the publisher so that I could review it.

I have a fondness for books that venture into fantasy, from Harry Potter to The Chronicles of Narnia. Wolfe’s entry into this realm is a great addition to genre and would make C.S. Lewis proud. Reading the book, I was escorted to a land that seems foreign to us with goblins and many other creatures. Billy Smith enters this other world through his own thoughts and takes others with him. It reminds me of the wardrobe from Lewis’s books, but there is just a little bit more magic in The Goblin Crown.

In the magic you can see connects to the Harry Potter series and the wonderment that occurs in that world. The chapters move at a pace that you want to keep reading and this is truly the sign of a great book. It will keep young adults turning the pages and by the time they finish it, they will be waiting to see what Billy and his friends are up to next. It is not just for young adults though. I truly enjoyed it and even caught religious glimpses within the pages. For example, “All our songs have a final refrain, but only Father Day and Mother Night know the count. So until the last note fades, might as well enjoy the dance.”

Reading this book was definitely a fun dance.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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