The Hollow Kingdom

The Hollow Kingdom 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 qu

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

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The Hollow Kingdom

  1. I was born Clare Buckalew in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Denton, Texas, a city north of Dallas I earned my B.A in Russian with a minor in Latin from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas After graduating from Indiana University with a master s degree in library science, I came back to San Antonio to work when my husband, Joe, joined the engineering staff at Kelly Air Force Base I earned tenure as the monographs cataloger at Trinity University s Coates Library from 1990 to 1999 then I left the library to homeschool my two daughters, Valerie and Elena My family moved to Germany in 2000, and we lived for seven years in the Rheinland Pfalz region, not far from the old Roman city of Trier We returned to San Antonio in the summer of 2007, when my younger daughter Elena began college In 2012, now grandparents, Joe and I moved back to Germany, where we are once again enjoying the bike trails, wine fests, and amazing travel opportunities We hope to live here at least through 2017.

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  1. This book is exactly the type of fairy tale that I love the most Now, I know that I have been outspoken in the past about my dislike of fantasies featuring caveman, bad boy type hero characters However, I think that I know and respect dozens of women who melt in the presence of these guys Do I look down on my friends for their fantasy preferences Absolutely not, because guess what We all have a fantasy weakness We all have that certain fairy tale that bypasses every logical part of our brains an [...]

  2. This is a wonderful, different kind of YA fantasy, set in Victorian times in England It takes the old trope goblin kings kidnap beautiful girls, marry them and they never see the light of day again and twists it Goblins are lovable even if ugly and, um, prone to kidnapping women for their wives You don t need to marry a handsome prince And it s done in a way that s honest and appealing the story has a great sense of humor but doesn t pull any punches.Kate, the main character who becomes the obje [...]

  3. Bumping it up to 5 stars, because I ve read this YA fantasy again and again Each time I like it She couldn t move or speak, though she was vaguely aware the ugly creature was watching her with concern From page one, I was captivated by this award winning fantasy, written for adolescents With only a few hugs and kisses, it is unexceptional, but beware the creepy dark magic in the last chapters, where view spoiler an evil sorcerer mutilates animals and even people ugh hide spoiler That section, a [...]

  4. I ll post a fuller review later, but my immediate thoughts are I m honestly not sure how to rate this My experience of reading this book would get it five stars I loved the writing, the setting s , the characters, and the magic I loved the words and sentences so much that I couldn t read quickly I had to savor everything about how it s put together It s both charming and clever, and all of the characters show a spunk and ingenuity that just delighted me and constantly surprised me I wanted to re [...]

  5. There are books that I don t like, but very few of them do I hate Not only did I hate this book, I hated it with such a fiery passion, I m surprised the pages didn t erupt into flames.It started off with so much potential, which is what got me hooked at first I loved Kate, because she started off as a strong, well rounded character She could be lady like, and she had fear, but at the same time she didn t let her fear paralyze her I loved how at first she stubbornly refused to marry the awful gob [...]

  6. If you had asked me just last year, I would have told you I didn t have a favorite fairy tale I grew up hating Snow White and while I adored nearly every Cinderella movie re telling I d seen, the original story was not among my favorites at all As a child, I never actually saw Beauty and the Beast or read the book, until one fated French class when we saw an old black and white version of it in French Granted, I didn t understand everything that was said as it was only my second year of French, [...]

  7. I really wanted to like this book and everything I read for the first 100 pages convinced me that I would Unfortunately the story never developed into anything than a case study on Stockholm syndrome Kate was a strong protagonist, bright and courageous and Marak was terrifying as the villainous Goblin King I was honestly scared during his scenes with Kate Marak was a true monster, unpredictable and inhuman He laughed at Kate s fear and toyed with her until finally winning her surrender This is [...]

  8. This book THIS BOOK You know those books that come along every once in a while that you utterly fall in love with to the point of hugging them THIS BOOK The last occasion I can pinpoint such a reaction was my reading of Howl s Moving Castle, so yes, this is BIG NEWS There s just something about Clare B Dunkle s writing that is simultaneously starkly real and utterly charming it hits the heart in ways that so few books have the power to do, no matter how wonderful their stories may be In fact, I [...]

  9. I well The beginning is creepy in a good way The end is creepy in a bad way.The beginning has a sense of danger from a goblin menace The end is some sort of apologia for rape, abduction, and Stockholm Syndrome.This book just kinda grosses me out.

  10. 4.5 Stars Sweet, Grim, and Unique Fantasy If you know I hate being teased, she asked, why do you always do it Because that s one of the things abut your new life that I love, he chuckled That made her smile And I write about the milestones that the Kings look for their wives to pass The first time you spoke to me that was when you met me The first time you called me by name that was the day after you came here The first time you smiled at me that was a week after you came here, but the first tim [...]

  11. Kate y Emily Winslow llegan a Hollow Hill tras la muerte de su padre, la tierra les pertenece como legado materno, pero pronto ni sus ancianas tias ni su guardian legal parecen poder protegerlas de peligros que las acosan.Situado en lo que parece ser una Inglaterra del siglo 19, y en medio de un plot de semi horror g tico te ves envuelto en un mundo sobrenatural If that s what you think my kingdom is like, I certainly know not to ask you to come Hope swept through her You won t she gasped Marak [...]

  12. Although I may have liked this book in my youth, as an adult I found it rather repellent.A young woman is coerced into marrying the Goblin King, Lord of the Hollow Kingdom This book is unfortunately one of those cases where the two main characters start off hating one another or rather, the young woman starts off hating the male protagonist , but eventually fall in love What probably incensed me than anything is that the male character virtually slings the female character over his shoulder and [...]

  13. I have had the entire Hollow Kingdom trilogy sitting in my TBR stack for awhile now and finally settled in with the first one and read it through The first thing to catch my eye was the dedication This is often the case with me I was wandering the bookstore with my cousin just other night, talking about what a sucker I am for a good dedication I should probably be keeping some sort of top ten list or something I ve fallen in love with many aLloyd Alexander dedication and that s why this one in T [...]

  14. This book is about goblins, plain and simple But don t be fooled into thinking this is your average goblin story In fact, what Clare Dunkle does is actually pretty cool Dunkle doesn t make her goblins suddenly beautiful creatures with noble intentions No, she leaves them with all their warts and their monstrous features Their intentions are questionable, their methods underhanded, and they are thoroughly dangerous Yet I grew to sympathize with them, because Dunkle gives them a point of view The [...]

  15. EDIT I just read this book again last night, and I have to say, I love it MORE than the first time The Hollow Kingdom is absolutely one of my all time favorite books WAY TO GO, CLARE DUNKLE Thanks for writing such an amazing story ORIGINAL REVIEW Wow I started this at 7 at night and finished at 2something in the morning It was that engrossing The fact that Clare Dunkle s writing was praised by Lloyd Alexander one of my favorite authors of all time really impressed me, and I see why Though publis [...]

  16. I first read this book when I was younger, and I absolutely loved it It was one of those books that I enjoyed reading over and over There are a lot of things I hate about this book now, which really breaks my heart, because I used to love it so much When I was young, na ve, and blind to or at the very least ignoring all of the disturbing elements But first to the positives I absolutely adore the world Dunkle creates The goblins are really cool, and it s kind of fun to watch Kate go from regardin [...]

  17. When Kate arrives at Hallow Hill, she feels a pull to walk the fields and see the stars And a pull not to trust the man who offers her a ride home on his stallion But Marak is not easily dissuaded Nor is he a man.The goblin king can walk through mirrors and explode windows But he cannot marry another goblin.He must kidnap and marry a girl not of his own kind And he has chosen Kate.Oh This was a wonderful story A perfect read for fans of The Princess and the Goblin The Princess and Curdie by Geor [...]

  18. Poor Marak As King of the Goblins, he was not only accepted but revered in his world down under His subjects actually thought he was elf pretty almost too beautiful But to most humans, he was monstrously ugly With oddly colored hair similar in coarseness to a horse s tail, sharp teeth, bushy eyebrows and two different colored eyes, a disfigured shoulder and one hand that included six fingers, he looked like a beastly freak He knew he was in a difficult situation As King, he was required to marry [...]

  19. An interesting take on the old folktales where humans are lured into magical hills and appear to all the world to have disappeared or been kidnapped Dunkle s version about two orphaned sisters, who come to live with their great aunts after the death of their father tries to give its heroine a little agency, but I ultimately still have qualms about a story that essentially romanticizes Stockholm Syndrome The pacing of the story is odd, and the adventure that forms the last part of the book seems [...]

  20. This book is truly special I love reading, but this was the first time I was so excited with a book that I started sharing what I ve read with my family By the time I ve reached half of it, my mother was nudging me to read it faster so I could tell her of Kate and Emily s adventures Unfortunately, The Hollow Kingdom is not available in Bulgarian and I am surprised that the book hasn t been translated in languages A pity, because I am certain that people from all over the world will enjoy the s [...]

  21. Apparently it is romantic to be imprisoned underground by goblins and forced to bear their children At least she had her self centered sister to keep her company till the Stockholm Syndrome kicked in.

  22. When Victorian teenager Kate and her younger sister Emily are sent to live at their mysterious ancestral estate, Kate is sure she is being watched It turns out that she is and not by the native gypsies, but by the old and hideous goblin King Marek, who following tradition plans to kidnap and wed her Will Kate be able to outmaneuver him before she is trapped underground forever After coming so highly recommended I had high hopes for this book, but I was disappointed It s really unfortunate becaus [...]

  23. I really really really wanted to like this book In fact, there were parts of it that I enjoyed immensely Kate was my favorite kind of heroine, someone who was clever, determined, and a little fiesty So what went wrong Well, the whole captive bride thing I know they went over it a lot, how important it was for the goblin race and how it was necessary for survival, but the wedding ceremony was honestly the most disturbing thing I d ever read They made a big deal of Kate doing it of her own free wi [...]

  24. Note This isn t my most coherent review, because I was just really pissed off when I wrote it, and I don t really feel like going back and making it polite So, please, enjoy it in all its ragey goodness Contains cursing, GIFs, a bit of feminist ranting, and expressions of murderous intent towards fictional characters THIS BOOK.I HATE IT SO MUCH I hate it so much, I m not even sure where to begin with this review I ve been putting it off for a few months now But here it goes takes deep breath Th [...]

  25. Kate and Emily have just inherited the estate on Hollow Hill but have no idea of the land s cursed history Girls have been disappearing off the property for centuries with only crazy legends about magic and goblins for explanations Kate begins to realize just how true the danger is once Marak the Goblin King begins to woo her Goblin Kings court by kidnapping and the bride is destined to spend the rest of her life below ground Kate is desperate to save herself and her sister, but dangers develop [...]

  26. 2 StarsIn theory, I should have enjoyed The Hollow Kingdom it s a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a touch of folklore and a capable female lead But I just couldn t get past the captured bride situation that played out between Kate and Marek The Hollow Kingdom is divided into three parts I love the first part which focuses on Kate s relationship with her younger sister, the folklore surrounding their new home, and their first encounter with the goblins The writing is atmospheric and the myste [...]

  27. From my 2007 reading round up But the book which would probably put me in my severely out of step place if people had read it is The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare B Dunkle Maybe the I shouldn t really mention this AGAIN but Beauty kind of out of step place, at that I didn t think it was that great or at least found it quite uneven but the goblin king s changing from the terrifying figure who d take a human bride against her will, understanding the horror of being forced to spend the rest of her life [...]

  28. This is the best fantasy romance I believe I have ever read The fact the the romantic interest is a goblin shakes things up and the characters are written so well Kate is not afraid of everything like some of the female characters of such books, she faces the whole thing bravely This is hard considering a goblin is trying to capture her for his bride At first it seems like it can only turn out badly but with a few surprising twists it ends up being just fine.

  29. You can now read this review and other reviews on my new blog Bound to Love YA Warning Unpopular opinion in 321Based on all the strong reviews, I really expected and wanted to like Hollow Kingdom I must have started reading it on three separate occasions over the last 6 years but it was always equal parts boring and baffling to the point where I lost interest I finally FINALLY finished it and I feel kind of swindled Those are hours of my life I won t get back.What it comes down to is these chara [...]

  30. I read this almost 5 years ago, and for some reason, felt let down by it I remember really liking it in the beginning, and feeling like it steadily lost me I can t for the life of me imagine why that is This book has stuck with me for 5 years the characters pop into my head I wonder what became of them I never finished the series , and I find myself thinking about them, their world, and how they re doing Disappointing books shouldn t stick with you like old friends for five years, so I knew I ha [...]

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