Friday, March 19, 2010

REVIEW - TROLL MILL

Fifteen-year-old Peer Ulfsson is haunted by his past. Forced to live with his evil uncles under the eerie shadows of Troll Fell, he nearly fell prey to their plan to sell children to the trolls. Now Peer lives with his friend Hilde's family, but can he ever truly belong? And will Hilde ever share his deeper feelings?
One rainy night, Peer watches in shock as his neighbor Kersten pushes her baby daughter into his arms and then disappears into the sea. Rumor says that Kersten is a seal woman who has returned to her ocean home, and the millpond witch, Granny Green-teeth, seems intent on taking the "seal baby." Peer also discovers that the mill, abandoned when his uncles joined the troll kingdom, is running again -- all on its own?
With angry trolls, mysterious seal people, a mischievous house spirit, and three unusual babies in the mix, Peer and Hilde have their hands full and more! Katherine Langrish returns to the magical world of her acclaimed debut, troll fell, in this second story set in an extraordinary land by the sea filled with Viking legends and lore.



Whew, Troll Mill really picks up on adventure and excitement! I think I might actually like it a teeny bit more than Troll Fell. In this continuing story, 3 years have passed and Peer and Hilde and now (dum dum dum!) teenagers! Once again, a very engaging read. It seems like this story is a little more serious than its predecessor: older characters, a little more mature storyline... all add together to make a very strong second installment.
In addition to the two MCs, Peer and Hilde, Troll Mill offers a rich ensemble cast of very detailed and well-crafted characters while blending the historical flair of Viking Scandinavia with creatures of Norse folklore. How many books have you read about with trolls *and* selkies? You'll definitely want to check out this series!
Can’t wait to see what happens to everybody in the final installment.

Final Rating: 5/5. Yes, I know, 4.7 is a random number, but I liked this book a little more than Troll Fell, so I wanted to boost its rating a little. This series is highly recommended

3 shout-outs!:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review :) Happy Friday!

dArLyN said...

nice review amelia..i hope to read this book myself soon =)

SB said...

ha ha! I LOVE your reviews the best!


not too serious i hope

 
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