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TROLL MILL by Katherine Langrish

TROLL MILL

By Katherine Langrish

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-058307-X
Publisher: Eos/HarperCollins

In this sequel to Troll Fell (2004), a more mature Peer Ulfsson struggles with identity, disillusionment and unrequited love. The story begins with mysteries: Bjorn’s wife pushes her baby daughter into Peer’s arms before casting herself into the sea; the mill, deserted since Peer’s uncles became trolls, runs at full throttle long after dark; and sheep disappear from the mountain—usually a sign that the trolls are on the move. Then it progresses through a variety of folkloric tropes and terrors—lubbers and trolls are back and selkies are a new addition—to a neat ending. Langrish really knows how to construct a plot, keep tension mounting and provide a satisfying narrative climax. That’s not to say that she neglects character development. Peer, the foster family that took him in, and even the Troll Princess and her monstrous son, are well enough developed to keep readers involved in the suspenseful story. Fans of the first volume will be happy to have this companion, while those new to the tale will be able to follow the story with ease. (Fiction. 9-12)