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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Grimworld by Avery Moray is a delightfully quirky tale set in a charming dark world filled with shadows and spooks and other strange things. It was just an ordinary day for Henry Bats when a Nightspook lures him into the cemetery and has him stand upon a grave. Now, he has a pocket watch he can’t remove and must face the startling truth that a chunk of his lifespan has been stolen away. The search for answers leads him to a boy stuck with the same fate but his watch is only weeks away from completely counting down. The two boys band together to find a way to change their fates and, with the help of a new friend, they set out to confront the beings that stole their lives.
The story revolves around Henry Bats as he battles against his fate to save his life but in doing so he befriends two other kids and then it becomes a tale of friendship. Grimworld is not an ordinary place and doesn’t have ordinary people. Even the animals are fitted to this world as young Henry has a pet spider named Corn Chip and often helps out with other strange animals such as a two-headed snake. The characters are delightful and range from Grandpa Flemm to the worm lady with each character fitted to this world through their own quirks. Avery Moray adds specific details to the characters’ personalities that make them odd but also give them realistic attributes, so they feel like normal people that just happen to live in Grimworld.
Moray excels at the finer details with every aspect from names to food to places that all work together to make up this world of shadows and darkness. You will fall in love with this strange little world that is all things grim and full of everything that is dark and quirky. Around every corner is another strange and lovely aspect of the world which has spooks that go bump in the night and other perfect little details that give this world life. Moray delivers a place you want to visit that’s full of life, spooky things, and charming characters. Grimworld is a stunning read about friendship and hope discovered in a dark little world.