Their story will become part of the legends and lore that fill this extraordinary land by the sea. This exciting, atmospheric novel from rising star, Katherine Langrish, mixes adventure with folklore monsters to create a brilliantly creepy sequel to Troll Fell. In the tradition of Scandinavian myth and folklore, the conclusion is poignant and true, with enough open-endedness for another sequel. Some hard experiences here for Peer. But the other thing I like besides the visual sweep are the similes, especially the second one--the billowy tufts of wool from Gudrun's basket.
In Troll Mill we join Peer and the Eiriksson family several years after the events of the first book. This was the first book I read about trolls, except the Three Billy Goats and Harry Potter, where story of trolls were introduced to me in my childhood. Gudrun and Ralf treat me like a son. Peer screwed up his eyes and tried to focus. The woods below looked soft enough to stroke, like the tufts of wool in Gudrun's scrap basket.
Then, the dilemma of the story. I've rarely read a more confident and assured first novel that was so mature and had as many of the ingredients that are needed to herald the arrival of a significant writing talent. When they discover his greedy uncles are plotting with the trolls, Peer, Hilde and Loki are plunged into a terrifying adventure. You never know what kind of sneaky creatures are lurking in the shadows, waiting to jump out at you at Troll Mill. It rushed him over to a dark crack in the floor.
I read this book a few years ago - I received it as a Christmas present ages ago and kind of forgot about it. However, all is not totally bleak although it's pretty bad. One rainy night, Peer watches in shock as his neighbor Kersten pushes her baby daughter into his arms and then disappears into the sea. His father's funeral pyre is still burning when Peer's cruel step-uncle arrives to take him to a life of servitude. When his father dies, Peer Ulfsson is sad and lonely, but preparing to make the best of things by moving in with family friends and continuing his training as a woodcarver.
Forced to live with his evil uncles under the eerie shadows of Troll Fell, he nearly fell prey to their plan to sell children to the trolls. If I read the first book, maybe I will understand more how they look Well, this is the second book, but I read it anyway without reading the first one, Troll Fell. Sometimes the demons--or Uncle Baldurs--of our past still tower over us, without any easy fix. Bookseller: , California, United States. Overall, I give Troll Mill five stars. Life has never been easy, and Langrish didn't mince her myths. Kersten, Bjorn's wife, runs at Peer with her baby and tells him to bring it to Bjorn.
And are his greedy scheming uncles really gone for good? I admired this novel's unflinching attention to Peer's dilemmas and to the overall murky moral circumstances. Peer befriends a local girl, Hilde, and together they must foil his uncles' plans to sell human children to the king of the trolls. Along with Hilde I agonised for Kersten and Bjørn, and I thought the troll baby was tremendous! Granny Greenteeth Lives in the black millpond and has the power to take any shape she wishes, but always with her trademark green teeth and webbed feet and hands. Grendel The Grimsson's enormous, bloodthirsty hulk of a dog - he is as cruel and menacing as his owners! Readers will love to hate the uncles, who get exactly what they deserve in the end. Yet the story was original and moderately paced. School Library Journal Read more.
Peer's main internal conflict is, him thinking about his evil uncles and fearing that they might come back to haunt him. Now Peer lives with his friend Hilde's family, but can he ever truly belong? At first half of the book, I was bored with the seal issue. International postage will be less than the stated rate. You can feel Peer's uplifted spirits as he looks down, and the world is completely visualized in all its layers--the birdlike heights, the steep depth of the valley, the underlying layer of the stream, and the foreboding blot on the landscape, that mill just visible as a dark spot. But Peer and his faithful dog, Loki, soon make a friend in Hilde. But it has been derelict for years. Langrish's power to locate her story in the reader's imagination is reminiscent of Alan Garner.
Superb Condition and a great collector's item. Troll Mill picks up the story some time later, and I don't want to say too much about the plot, except that new characters are introduced while old ones return in a deliciously scary and atmospheric story. . Some people don't like multiple points of view, and we all have our favorites and least favorites when an author chooses this style of narration, but I think it works here--it lets you see that there is more to this world than Peer's desires. In short, this book is everything a good fantasy story should be. Of course she wouldn't think of him. Returning from a hard day's fishing, and with a violent storm brewing, Peer watches horror-struck as his friend Kersten rushes to the shore - thrusting her young baby into his arms - and throws herself into the sea.
If I read the first book, maybe I will understand more how they look like, especially Granny Greenteeth, lubbers and the Nis. Kersten has just had a baby and one night while coming in from fishing with Bjorn, Peer finds himself being handed the young infant as Kersten runs off and jumps into the ocean. Returning from a day's fishing with his friend Bjorn and with a violent storm brewing, Peer is shocked when Bjorn's wife Kersten rushes past, thrusts her young baby into Peer's arms and throws herself into the sea. There came a sound of lapping or slurping. This second book shows some emotional growth in Peer and no easy solutions for his quest to become independent and win the girl he crushes on. Oh, and I read them both on my Kindle. This is a Fine Copy of this Book in Publisher's original softcover format.
Langrish lets characters make mistakes or make choices that aren't obviously the right ones, and she makes her leading character wrestle with this world of moral grays. His uncles used to own it but since they are gone, Peer is trying to set a new life in the mill. There is a bit of coming-of-age - though it doesn't hit you in the face with it - and learning about one's passion and talent. Troll Fell is in turns gritty and bleak, and also magical and uplifting. Troll Mill follows Peer Ulfsson, his dog Loki, Hilde and their friends and family three years on from where we left them in Troll Fell. It's a beautifully rendered world.