- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (7 June 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007170718
- ISBN-13: 978-0007170715
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 3.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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In Troll Fell Katherine Langrish has unearthed a captivating world. Bleak and captivating. Her style is quirky and hypnotic and her characters are instantly recognizable as someone you know, or someone you wish you didn't.
Atmospheric, dramatic, stylish and intensely engaging, Katherine Langrish’s Troll Fell is the real thing. I’ve rarely read a more confident and assured first novel that was so mature and had as many of the ingredients that are needed to herald the arrival of a significant writing talent. Troll Fell is in turns gritty and bleak, and also magical and uplifting. I think Langrish is a natural storyteller and I look forward to discovering more of her imagination in years to come.
The plot and subplots race along and wrap up neatly and satisfactorily in a nice, twisty ending… Goodhearted, resourceful Peer's courage, loyalty to his friends, and generosity will win reader's hearts and will ensure the appeal to readers…
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…this is an exciting adventure story… Peer and Hilde are easy to identify with. The troll kingdom is well and cleverly described. Readers will love to hate the uncles, who get exactly what they deserve in the end. This fast-paced novel maintains suspense and has a nice twist at the conclusion. All in all, this is great fun.
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About the Author
Katherine grew up in Yorkshire and has been writing stories most of her life. She took a First Class Honours BA degree in English from the University of London, winning the Sir Charles Harris Prize for External Students. Married with two daughters, Katherine and her family lived in Fontainebleau, where she began storytelling to classes at the International School. In 1997 Katherine and her family relocated again to Corning, New York State. There, Katherine joined Literacy Volunteers of America, a voluntary organisation for teaching reading and numeracy. Katherine and her family currently live in England.
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The characters are well developed, especially the hero and heroine, Peer and Hilde, who are 12 years old. They are brave despite temptations to avoid danger, loyal and devoted to friends and family. There are fascinating glimpses of creatures from Scandinavian folklore: Granny Green-teeth, trolls,the Merrow, the Nis, and others. The writing is straight-forward and well done, and the descriptions evocative of the harsh, beautiful Scandinavian landscape.
Some readers have complained that the plot is simple and predictable. I didn't find it so, maybe I have something in common with pre-teens. The hero's plight is terrible but he faces it with courage and perseverance. The ending was fine, and our hero Peer played a major role in defeating the evildoers.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.