Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for The Lost City by Amanda Hocking! Before I jump into the review, here are the book’s quick facts!
- Title: The Lost City
- Series: Omte Origins #1, in the world of the Trylle
- Author: Amanda Ticking
- Publisher & Release: Wednesday Books, July 7th 2020
- Length: 384 pages
- Rating & recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ yes for fans of modern fantasy
Here is the description provided by the publisher;
Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Lost City, the first novel in The Omte Origins—and the final story arc in her beloved series.
The storm and the orphan
Twenty years ago, a woman sought safety from the spinning ice and darkness that descended upon a small village. She was given shelter for the night by the local innkeepers but in the morning, she disappeared—leaving behind an infant. Now nineteen, Ulla Tulin is ready to find who abandoned her as a baby or why.
The institution and the quest
Ulla knows the answers to her identity and heritage may be found at the Mimirin where scholars dedicate themselves to chronicling troll history. Granted an internship translating old documents, Ulla starts researching her own family lineage with help from her handsome and charming colleague Pan Soriano.
The runaway and the mystery
But then Ulla meets Eliana, a young girl who no memory of who she is but who possesses otherworldly abilities. When Eliana is pursued and captured by bounty hunters, Ulla and Pan find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where folklore and myth become very real and very deadly—but one that could lead Ulla to the answers she’s been looking for.
This is my first book by Hocking and I had no trouble picking up the storyline. I also read the glossary and index first, which by the way is a total gem. Have no worries if this is the first of the Trylle books that you read.
I haven’t read a lot of modern fantasy, with modern music and computers and technology, so The Lost City was interesting in that aspect. The trolls live alongside humans, kind of like how the wizarding world shares but is totally separate from the muggles. Once I got used to trolls in modern places I was able to enjoy the book quite a bit. Some of the trolls are more human-like than others. It was fun to learn about their quirks such as hoarding, and preferring bare feet.
The characters were a good lot as well. Ulla has a tough streak that I applauded. Pan is just a nice guy. Eliana is …. interesting, while Hannah and Dagny were fun. I am docking my star for characters seeming to act out of line at times though, such as the entire ending. Cute but like – really?
I thought the pacing was really even too. No part dragged and it was difficult to put the book down towards the end. I would totally recommend for modern fantasy fans who enjoy a twist of legend and magic in their reads! While the book is not specifically YA, the content seems entirely appropriate for readers of any age as well.
Thank you so much again to Wednesday Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour!!
AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.