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Bizarre things are happening in the little town of Hobb's Church, where Sera, Elsie, and Jedidiah are hiding from the vengeance of the Duchess. While Jed and the lensmaker Mr. Jonas construct a magical engine to raise a sunken island, the young ladies must deal with ghosts, hobgoblins, and a school of mischievous girls. On the other side of the world, Francis Skelbrooke d Bizarre things are happening in the little town of Hobb's Church, where Sera, Elsie, and Jedidiah are hiding from the vengeance of the Duchess. While Jed and the lensmaker Mr. Jonas construct a magical engine to raise a sunken island, the young ladies must deal with ghosts, hobgoblins, and a school of mischievous girls. On the other side of the world, Francis Skelbrooke decoys the Duchess's spies, leading them on a chase across the continent of Euterpe (stopping every now and then to bring a villain or two to account). But the vengeful fairy has other spies: one of them in Hobb's Church. THIS VOLUME ALSO CONTAINS THREE SHORT STORIES


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Bizarre things are happening in the little town of Hobb's Church, where Sera, Elsie, and Jedidiah are hiding from the vengeance of the Duchess. While Jed and the lensmaker Mr. Jonas construct a magical engine to raise a sunken island, the young ladies must deal with ghosts, hobgoblins, and a school of mischievous girls. On the other side of the world, Francis Skelbrooke d Bizarre things are happening in the little town of Hobb's Church, where Sera, Elsie, and Jedidiah are hiding from the vengeance of the Duchess. While Jed and the lensmaker Mr. Jonas construct a magical engine to raise a sunken island, the young ladies must deal with ghosts, hobgoblins, and a school of mischievous girls. On the other side of the world, Francis Skelbrooke decoys the Duchess's spies, leading them on a chase across the continent of Euterpe (stopping every now and then to bring a villain or two to account). But the vengeful fairy has other spies: one of them in Hobb's Church. THIS VOLUME ALSO CONTAINS THREE SHORT STORIES

30 review for Hobgoblin Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven Poore

    As with the first part of this duology, Goblin Moon (also reissued by Tickety Boo Press), everything herein is well-mannered, elegantly conceived, and immaculately tailored. This time we follow Sera, Elsie and Jed across the ocean to a sort of ur-America where they are hiding from the vengeful Duchess of Zar-Wildungen and the lustful Jarl Skogsra. At the same time Jed has involved himself in a scheme to raise the lost continent of Panterra from the depths of the ocean, and the town they have bas As with the first part of this duology, Goblin Moon (also reissued by Tickety Boo Press), everything herein is well-mannered, elegantly conceived, and immaculately tailored. This time we follow Sera, Elsie and Jed across the ocean to a sort of ur-America where they are hiding from the vengeful Duchess of Zar-Wildungen and the lustful Jarl Skogsra. At the same time Jed has involved himself in a scheme to raise the lost continent of Panterra from the depths of the ocean, and the town they have based themselves in is suffering from a great plague of hobgoblins. And what of Lord Francis Skelbrooke? There's a lot going on, and though the Panterran plot and the feud with the Duchess are resolved in satisfying (and somewhat bloodthirsty!) fashions, the hobgoblins sort of slip away through the cracks once the gnome's engine (the book's original title, by the way) is completed. A cameo by Caleb Braun in one of the Skelbrooke chapters also serves to remind that Goblin Moon left a few threads hanging... but this isn't one that gets fully resolved either. There's scope enough for more in this world, but not quite enough that Hobgoblin Night threatens to outstay its welcome. Perfect manners indeed. :) Oh, and there's three additional short stories tagged on to the end of the main novel too - semi-related by theme and content, the best of them is Titania.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noel Coughlan

    The sequel to Goblin Moon, it was originally published as The Gnome’s Engine. To be frank, I don’t understand the change of name. Personally, I felt the original title is more relevant to the main thrust of the plot. The story continues where the previous book left off. The sorcerer Thomas Kelly and the Duchess separately hunt Sera, Elsie and Jed. Meanwhile the parchment originally stolen from the Duchess proves to be the key to unlocking the secrets of the drowned continent of Panterra. Meanwhil The sequel to Goblin Moon, it was originally published as The Gnome’s Engine. To be frank, I don’t understand the change of name. Personally, I felt the original title is more relevant to the main thrust of the plot. The story continues where the previous book left off. The sorcerer Thomas Kelly and the Duchess separately hunt Sera, Elsie and Jed. Meanwhile the parchment originally stolen from the Duchess proves to be the key to unlocking the secrets of the drowned continent of Panterra. Meanwhile, Shelbrooke is busy hunting white slavers. The world expands a good deal in this second volume. The writing is full of engaging detail and subtle wit.The main plot points are resolved but there are some new questions raised and avenues opened which I suppose adds to the verisimilitude and probably were originally intended for a sequel. Some of the minor characters from the first novel feel kind of underused, perhaps for similar reasons, but overall, the novel was very satisfying. The novel includes three short stories which either relate to the world of the novel or share the same sensibilities. I particularly enjoyed Titania or The Celestial Bed which was a very clever story setting some of Shakespeare’s characters in the eighteenth century.

  3. 5 out of 5

    T.I.M. James

    Hobgoblin Night is a sequel to Goblin Moon by American writer Teresa Edgerton. Originally published as The Gnome’s Engine, collected here with three short stories and given the subtitle of Mask and Dagger II it forms a nice addition to the expanding range of books published by Tickety Boo Press. It follows the adventures of the characters from the first book, Sera, Elsie and Jedidiah; Francis Skelbrooke and the Gnome Mr Jonas, not to mention some of the villains too, the half-human/fairy the Duch Hobgoblin Night is a sequel to Goblin Moon by American writer Teresa Edgerton. Originally published as The Gnome’s Engine, collected here with three short stories and given the subtitle of Mask and Dagger II it forms a nice addition to the expanding range of books published by Tickety Boo Press. It follows the adventures of the characters from the first book, Sera, Elsie and Jedidiah; Francis Skelbrooke and the Gnome Mr Jonas, not to mention some of the villains too, the half-human/fairy the Duchess out for revenge following the events of the first novel. Having travelled to the other side of the world the trio live under assumed names doing their best to avoid detection by the Duchess’ spies. It brings them to the town of Hobb’s Church, a small settlement with a Hobgoblin problem. It is there that Elsie and Sera start work at a girl’s school (loved the fact that two of the teachers are called Miss Egletine and Miss Fitch – my nursery school teacher was a Miss Egletine and the headmaster at my sins school is Miss Firch!). Jed and Mr Jonas work on an incredible device that will possibly do something near impossible, and on the other side of the world Skelbrooke does his best to lead the Duchess’ agents away from the trail of the girls. Sooner or later though, things fall apart and everything is drawn together… As with the previous book I enjoyed the idea of setting a fantasy with an analogous Regency period. It gives the whole thing a freshness and originality that is not always felt in traditional medieval fantasies. The characters are great, like catching up with old friends and the story is a good one. The idea of building a device, The Gnome’s Engine of the title is wonderful and very different. I did not enjoy this book quite as much as the first, and I have been trying to work out why, after all it is very well written, good characters and engaging storylines. And I think that is the point, that there seem to be a number of ongoing storylines, like a number of smaller stories brought together in a new one. I know this is the way life is, there are always things going on, different stories as it were for different people, but here it seems as though they are all vying for the main story and none really make it. (I’d quite happily read a book about Skelbrooke’s exploits incidentally). I was intrigued with the Hobgoblin situation and felt that it ended rather unfinished. In truth it wasn’t, but I just wanted to see what happened next. And the end seemed to wrap itself up all to nicely (again probably because I would have happily read more). None of these points make this a bad book, in fact it is excellent and it is probably down to personal opinion that I found these points. The three short stories are equally excellent. All different, two set in the world of Hobgoblin Night, the first a great adventure, the second a story of love, jealousy and magic that is bordering on horrific and disturbing. The last is a standalone tale, looking at a couple of Shakespearean characters, a bit further on in time than those in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. At first I was not sure what to make of it, but the more I thought about it, especially the ending I have come to the conclusion that it is something really special and should be celebrated as such.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kellen

    I read the earlier version and loved it. Would love more books from this world. I love take on it and the time period it uses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

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    Russ Bradshaw

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    Emily Snyder

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

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    Carolyn Hill

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Dowdy

  30. 4 out of 5

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