Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed "Grump") has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.
At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .
When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He's bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
- This was a fun and refreshing new take on a classic fairy tale.
- I liked Red and Rump better, but this was good. I liked this better than Jack.
- I liked the Grump was the center of the story, and I liked learning about the dwarfish ways. The author was really clever with the Dwarves' way of life.
- Snow White was a little annoying, but I think she was supposed to be.
- I liked the queen dynamic. I really liked that being the fairest in the land had two meanings, and the queen totally took the wrong one.
- I liked that Grump had to figure out where he belonged in his society, and I liked his character growth.
- There a few slow parts, but overall, this was an entertaining read.