The Ogre of Oglefort

Hot off the press! The Ogre of Oglefort, the beloved Eva Ibbotson’s last book, came out only earlier this month. Yes, I know, I’m a bit late in writing about it. But I’m here now, aren’t I? Here is the story of a hag, a troll, a wizard, and Ivo, a boy without a family. It is they who are charged to rescue the Princess Mirella, who has been stolen away by the dreadful, the vile, the evil Ogre of Oglefort, and must be saved (and the monster killed) as soon as possible. But arriving at the estate of Oglefort yields a startling discovery, and the rescuers quickly learn that everything is not as it seems, and they very wells may have something quite different on their hands than retrieving Princess Mirella. In fact, she’s hardly the normal type of princess at all, and the ogre is not your run-of-the-mill ogre. Fully equipped with violent ghosts, talking animals, and a cast of diverse (and I mean DIVERSE) characters, this book’s writing is great and has an attractive plot. Eva Ibbotson has done it again! It’s not terribly big, but it is kind of gruesome. Some parts made me inwardly shiver, and some were just plain funny. I advise you to go to the library, the bookstore, or wherever it is you go for literature–just go check this out. And (this may astound you) the ogre is one of my favorite characters…


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