Posted in Young Adult Lit

The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare Dunkle

142776The Hollow Kingdom
Clare Dunkle
2006 Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
ISBN – 9780805081084
Genre – Fantasy
Age – Middle School, High School
4 Stars

Kate and Emily, two orphans, arrive at their newly inherited estate to be cared for by their uncle. Upon exploring, Kate finds that not all is normal. Out in the forest she feels that someone is following her, and in her new room, she feels like a stranger is watching her. It turns out the Goblin King has chosen her to be his new bride and must kidnap and take her to their underground kingdom. As she tries to stay safe, her family feels as if she is on the brink of insanity, as she rants and raves about goblins! Then, her sister is kidnapped and she has to reconsider her priorities.

Based on the description, this really isn’t my style of book, but the reviews were so good, I had to check it out. I’m glad that I did. The writing was great, it was detailed, and had colorful descriptive language. I enjoyed the story as well. It had the feel of a classic dark fairy tale. I really think it had it all, fantasy, mystery, insanity, betrayal, and magic. The sisters have such a wonderful relationship. Kate is caring and nurturing, and Emily is light hearted and mischievous. She often brushes off any sense of danger that approaches the two and allows Kate to be the wary of the pair. The goblins are cunning and magical, despite the fact that they bring a sense of impending doom. Overall it was just a good, solid, and creative tale.


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