Book Review: Toad Triumphant

Toad Triumphant (Tales of the Willows #2)

By William Horwood

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Toad is getting himself into trouble once again, this time with dreams of being immortalized in a bronze statue. Mole and Water Rat embark on a voyage upriver to the Beyond, but encounter disturbing rumors of a fearsome Pike that stalks the upper riverways.

This has all the charm of the original Wind in the Willows stories with a very similar old-fashioned writing style.

I love the adventurous plot, and the darling characters. Toad’s antics are hilarious and full of plot twists, while the Mole and Rat have a more serious mission, so that the humor and drama feel perfectly balanced.

Mole, especially, is always an endearing character, and I love the firm friendship he has with the Water Rat. Of course, Badger plays a major role in this story, and Otter is included in the adventures as well.

Such a satisfactory tale, and a delightfully enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read more from this series!


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