Little Orphan Anvil: The Complete Trilogy
by Joseph Beekman
The first, a Tale of Magic and Metal, centers around the epic journey of an old blacksmith aided by two children and a robot named Anvil to free an orphanage from the machinations of a witch. Fifteen years after is the second tale, the Shades of Fate, where the children of the first adventurers release the witch back on the world and the race is on again to get control of things. The robot, Anvil, features greatly in all three tales and personifies the magic of the land of iron and anvil. The third installment villains are further into the paranormal creep arsenal with hideous northern crones, bats with poison injectors in their tongues and zombies.
I enjoyed this story and Joseph’s telling of it. It is a fantasy with plenty of descriptive writing to paint the reader into the Land of Iron and Anvil, where volcanoes are mined for the magic iron for the making of robot-droids. The entire concept came to life in my head in much the same flavor as one of Tim Burton’s movies.