Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
Publisher: Momentum Books
Release Date: May 2014
Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for an ARC copy.
Synopsis: In an isolated valley, a small tribe of humans is dying from a terrible illness. There are rumors, however, that the trolls of Troll Mountain, the valley’s fearsome overlords, have found a cure for the illness: a fabulous elixir. When his sister is struck down by the disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls. But to get to Troll Mountain, Raf will have to pass through dangerous swamps and haunting forests filled with wolves, hobgoblins and, worst of all, the ever-present danger of rogue trolls … The journey to the mountain has begun.
Review: Ultimately, I have to say this book was not for me. There many things in this book that did not jell with me. The narrative… too summarized at times and giving little depth of details. This story was told in a very straight forward method and told in a way, where it left little room for deeper character development and more vivid setting building.
The story/plot itself was compelling but the story telling drained away all the interest. There were multiple ideas that would have been fantastic (i.e. troll friend and the tower itself) but they were treated like a means to move the story along and thus they lost their appeal.
There were no plot twists and/or complexity to this story. We get a boy and a self-given quest and the quest is done in a straightforward manner. It’s a story driven by plot rather than character. This felt much more like a middle grade novel to me rather than a young adult.
Though this book did not incite my hatred… it’s just so so in everything, I just didn’t care for it at all.
Unfortunately, it’s a pass for me.
Why the Recommendation: The tone of the two story feels similar to me. Though Cadet is not a quest story but rather a school training as a soldier story. In each book, both protagonist takes upon themselves to be self made heroes. Both are light in magic.
Why the Recommendation: Both heroes are tasked with a mission to save their people and the place they call home. Their quest will take them away from their homes and into a hidden dangerous place that few have returned from (man, that sounded cliche). Also light in magic.