The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Review

Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms.

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.

Title:The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Edition Language:English

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  • Betsy

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses?In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of pro...

  • Denny

    This book was a delight. There’s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. High...

  • Cat

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches co...

  • Destinee Sutton

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it fel...

  • DaNae

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world....

  • Skip

    The Elves have battled the Goblins for centuries and despite the commonality of pointed ears (not Vulcan), they are mortal enemies. The Elves find a unique jewel, which they think is a Goblin creation...

  • Mathew

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge mig...

  • Allison Parker

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is lo...

  • Kari

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn’t enjoy or admire it. ...

  • Michelle

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to int...