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J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands. Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore – online or on Main Street.
Mary Anna Dunn
on Aug. 08, 2012 :
This is the kind of book that you keep thinking about when you have put it away. Alll through the day you will find yourself hoping for just a few minutes to pick up again. Loosely based on a familiar folk tale, the world depicted is magical, but the people are very real. An excellent choice for young adults and readers transitioning to adult fiction, as well as for adult lovers of imaginative tales with roots in folk traditions.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 15, 2012 :
I really liked this book. Anyone who is familiar with the fairy tale this book is based on will recognize the basic plot, but there are some intriguing twists added. The concept of troll-magic is well done.
Some of the character growth shown through conversations instead of actions seems a little forced, but this book is still very entertaining, enough so that I am looking forward to reading others by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)