Author: Matthew Reilly
Genre: Adventure, Action, Young Adult
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Publisher: Macmillan Australia
A young hero.
An impossible quest.
In a remote valley, a tribe of humans is being killed off by a terrible disease.
There is a rumour that the trolls of Troll Mountain have a cure for the illness: a miraculous elixir.
When Raf’s sister gets sick and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, he makes a courageous decision. He sets out on his own for Troll Mountain … to steal the elixir.
The journey to the mountain has begun …
Matthew Reilly is a fantastic author, his books are fast paced and full of action, which I love. This book Troll Mountain is no exception!
This novel is so beautifully written that even though it’s just over 200 pages, it doesn’t feel short at all. It has the characteristics of his other work pieces. The novel is: full of action, the characters and story develop quickly, and most important it’s a fun adventure. Matthew writes in such away that people with all skills, beginner or advanced, and all ages will enjoy the story. He writes with maturity that older audiences will love, yet the story itself has a hint of ridiculousness that children will love. Even though some children might find some sections a bit confronting due to death and murder, so mature audiences only.
What I found most enjoyable about this novel was the underlying themes. Most YA fiction is quite straight forward, with minimal themes and messages, and if they are there it’s very insignificant. This novel deals with a lot of social issues, such as unbalanced and unfair hierarchy, peer pressure and stereotypes, which is a major concern in today’s society. Throughout the novel Raf is put into situations by unfair and biased rulers and tries to overcome the obstacles to save not only his sister, but the whole village. He is also thrown into a world with Trolls, which he has only heard terrible things about, to actually find out that people/trolls are not actually as they seem. Raf, the protagonist young boy, matures a fair amount during the span of the story and I found that inspiring. He didn’t let the stereotypes and people perceptions of him get in the way of his goal.
Even though its classed as an action novel, it was severely lacking. Despite a few fight scenes between humans and wolves or humans and trolls, I didn’t find it very action based in any other way. The novel was mostly an adventure story to show how the characters grew and how failed their society is. If I were to place this in one specific genre it would definitely be Adventure, rather than action.
The characters are well developed in the short life they have withing the pages. They all have individual personalities and I fell in love a few instantly. Düm the Troll that breaks all stereotypes, Ko the wise man living in the swamp and Raf the smart, brave and adventurous boy, all left an impact on me immediately. They are such skillfully written its as though you have known them for a much longer time period.
I found this novel very enjoyable, and i expected no less form such a fantastic author such as Matthew. Its such a quick, yet fantastic read that i recommend to everyone. Mature audiences only, due to adult themes.
Other reader have stated that its similar to well loved stories such as:
- the Hobbit
- the Talisman