Well, I think I already mentioned how much I enjoyed The Hollow Kingdom, but I want to get a little more specific about it. Let the review begin!
In nineteenth-century England, a powerful sorcerer and King of the Goblins chooses Kate, the elder of two orphan girls recently arrived at their ancestral home, Hallow Hill, to become his bride and queen...
The Hollow Kingdom is one of those books that you stumble upon by complete accident, and you feel as though your life has been changed for the better. It's a frightful story told in three parts, and each part has its own entrancing aura...
Starlight, part one, begins with an eerie warmth about it that made me want to be reading the book on a chilled fall evening with a cup of cider. Mystery, magic, and an underlying feeling that there was more to the story than you first may believe immediately pulled me in to the story. It was dark, but not too dark. In some ways the book had a very Jane Eyre- ish feel to it.
Probably what I loved most about Claire B. Dunkle's writing was not the eeriness that I love so much, or the mystery, or even the light humor that often made me laugh out loud throughout the book. What I loved most were the characters she created. I have never read a book with so many diverse characters who didn't resemble any other character I had ever read about before! The hilarious big-sister little-sister relationship was spot on. Emily was adorable and hilarious. Marak, king of the goblins, was a character that truly kept me guessing throughout the book. What is he really thinking, anyway? And Kate, sensible, proud Englishwoman was a loveable, courageous heroine whom I came to love!
And did I mention the rather adorable cat, Seylin?
Lamplight, part two of the book, began continuing the same magic and excitement as the beginning of the book. I really enjoyed the classic goblin feel it gave which was most reminiscent of The Princess and the Goblin.
Part three, which I cannot remember and Google refuses to help me, plus I'm no where near the book to look, is the only part of the book I had a slight problem with. It was still wonderful, don't get me wrong, but it was rather...sudden. It almost seemed disjointed with the rest of the book. But, I ignored this and wound up loving the ending of the story. It was masterfully told, with the exception of the slight disjointment (which is strictly my opinion. You might not find it disjointed in the least.).
All in all, The Hollow Kingdom is a must read. Anyone who enjoys fantasy should love this book. Really, though, I recommend it to anyone who has a love for wittiness and excellent writings. I should probably re-read it and take notes in my journal...
Well, what do you think? Have I piqued your interest?