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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Mr. Rumpel and Mr. Grimm” by Echo Ishii



Claude Rumpel is a goblin turned human, living a quiet life in his little repair shop at the edge of town. He is in sore need of money to fund his inventions, and a cure for his hands, which he must keep covered at all times.

Daniel Grimm is half elf, descended from a wealthy family but now down on his luck. He is determined to restore his family’s prestige and has a daring plan to do so.

The gold thread that Claude spins, and Daniel’s ability to sell it, seems a perfect plan for their goals. The casual sex is a pleasant bonus. But they are constantly thwarted from all sides: Daniel’s dealing with a powerful witch, the opposing magic of their lineages, and Claude’s dark goblin desires…


I felt like I was missing something from this story – like background or some sort of info-dump that would introduce me to this world. For example what exactly is the magical Scourge Wars? Or how did Claude Rumpel turn into a human after his early years as a goblin? Maybe it was supposed to be the nature of the fairy tale – that there wasn’t always an explanation and we were supposed to take it as it is? Whatever the author’s reason, I felt that some elements of this story left me in the dark. It’s not a feeling that I enjoy when I’m reading.

However, I could still say that I liked it. I thought it was an interesting fairy-tale story, about a goblin and a half-elf and the dangerous Old Hag. There was one moment that I thought Daniel was being too prideful that he ended up endangering himself – although at the same time I also thought it was really weird that the Old Hag would accept the magic sword (that was able to kill an immortal) near her vicinity. Yes, plot hole, I saw you.

I thought Claude and Daniel had an intriguing relationship – and I actually would love to see how they ended up raising and breeding the dragons. It would be nice to see them becoming like ‘dragon parents’ *smile*



22884653Title: Mr. Rumpel and Mr. Grimm
Author: Echo Ishii
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 23,000 words
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Purchase Links: LT3, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

One comment on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Mr. Rumpel and Mr. Grimm” by Echo Ishii

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