The novel begins when the main character, Robert Darkly, meets an evil gnome inside his bathtub – as in the cover – and keeps on with travel in a parallel world, Thiside, where fable characters live. They are very different from the stories about them, as Robert will soon understand.
Robert joins the group that is following Rumplestiltskin to capture him and prevent him to have success in his evil plan to open the passage between the two worlds. Travelling among the two worlds is regulated by doors that can be crossed only by using some particular passports.
Overall I think the author is able to manage comic situations and dialogues, however the book is lacking in plot: there are a lot of characters that are not very useful to the plot and appear once in the novel, the travelling rules are quite complex without need (the blood, the passports, …).
I think that the author stressed too much the presence of nice and funny character/scenes and did not build a solid plot.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley ★★☆☆☆
*I read this book in English