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The Hollow Kingdom: Book I -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy (2003 original; edició 2006)

de Clare B. Dunkle

Sèrie: The Hollow Kingdom (1)

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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 be his bride and queen.
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Títol:The Hollow Kingdom: Book I -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy
Autors:Clare B. Dunkle
Informació:Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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Kate jumped to her feet. "You people are just ghastly!" she cried. The goblin King shook his striped hair out of his face and looked up at her with a smile.
"Which ones of us?" he asked.
"All of you! You wife stealers!"
"But I didn't steal you," replied Marak complacently.
"But you're just like that other King!"
Marak laughed as he shut the book. "No," he retorted, "I'm not green."
Kate was beside herself. "You know what I mean!" she shouted. "You're one of them! The descendant of all those wife-stealing Kings!"
He thought about that as she marched from the room. "I'm the descendant of all those wives, too," he mused, but Kate had already slammed the door.
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  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
This has to be one of my all time favorite books ever! I absolutely love Kate and Marak. This book is incredibly mature (and by that I don't mean graphic or sexual or anything like that, merely it depicts very dimensional and well rounded characters who aren't always goody-goody) for the audience that it is targeting. I have read and re-read this book a million times and will continue to do so because it just does not diminish for me. The world building is superb and the characters multi-faceted. Clare Dunkle is an amazing author! ( )
  Fireformed | Aug 7, 2020 |
You’ve caught a goblin, my dear, all for your very own.
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Kate and Emily, having been recently and conveniently orphaned, arrive at their ancestral lands of Hallow Hall to live with their new guardian. But Hallow Hall is not theirs alone, and the goblin king who lives below will have his bride come hell or high water.

I didn’t realize The Hollow Kingdom was foundational YA fantasy, but having read this book I see so many shades of it in other stories. Holly Black clearly read this book (to the point where I can see several deliberate callouts in her work), and The Goblin Emperor also takes its cues from here, as does Spinning Silver. Dunkle isn’t inventing the wheel – she dedicates The Hollow Kingdom to Lloyd Alexander, who wrote his own foundational fantasy series. Nevertheless, The Hollow Kingdom is clearly an inspiration to many works that I’ve enjoyed.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed The Hollow Kingdom as much as I’ve enjoyed its successors. I certainly enjoyed the first half, where Kate uses her wits to escape the goblin king Marak again and again (no thanks to her sister Emily, who is clearly being set up for a sequel but otherwise plays little role in this book). Kate is a great protagonist: stubborn, brave, and very determined to stay above ground and not wedded to a goblin. I also quite enjoyed Dunkle’s worldbuilding, which has a lovely English folktale feel to it.

But the second half is honestly a disaster. Once Kate marries Marak, she basically gives up all fight and spunk and goes meekly to her fate. There’s a lot of character development that happen over rapid time skips, in which Kate goes from unwilling prisoner to “eh, it’s fine and I kinda like it down here.” Which is dumb character development. You can’t handwave character development in a time skip. You just can’t.

Not to mention the ending conflict comes out of left field and has almost nothing to do with the first half. And also not to mention the second half gets very bogged down introducing characters who will undoubtedly be of critical importance in the sequel.

So, in summary, good first half and terrible second half. But The Hollow Kingdom did inspire some of my favorite books, so I’ll forever be grateful for that. Just not grateful enough to bump it up a star. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Totally holds up over time. Haven’t read this book in probably 15 years and I couldn’t put it down. ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Something I discovered at work one day while shelving books. Once again I was captured by the premise of "goblins". The book tells the story of two sisters who are moving to a remote estate after the death of their father. Older sister Kate and her younger sister Emily move to Hallow Hill (where for thousands of years young women have been disappearing) with their cold guardian, and cousin who is determined to take back Hallow Hill as his own inheritance instead of the girls' at all costs. As luck would have it shortly after arriving Kate begins talking "nonsense" about a Goblin King named Marak Sixfinger who intends to kidnap her and make her his wife, as is the goblin custom to kidnap their brides (one of my favorite tropes). Kate is inexplicably good at avoiding capture, until her cousin in an attempt to force Kate into a Mental Asylum, convinces Kate that her sister has been kidnapped by the goblins, hoping for a reaction from her that would permit him to have her taken away and unable to inherit the estate. However Kate keeps her calm and walks right into the underground kingdom of the goblins and offers herself to Marak in exchange for her sister's safe return. (Be careful with how you word things when dealing with mythical creatures y'all!) Marak agrees and then reveals he has not taken her sister but it was, in fact, their cousin. So Marak and some goblins go and rescue Emily who once rescued demands she too be taken underground with the goblins because she refuses to be separated from Kate. So Kate marries the Goblin King and adventure ensues. I won't reveal the rest, and leave it for you to read and enjoy yourself.
Overall this was a good read. It it targeted towards middle grade readers so it tends to gloss over some topics, particularly the repercussions and implications of kidnapping brides. I would have enjoyed a more in-depth look at that. I would recommend this book to my fellow Labyrinth enthusiasts. ( )
  oxlabyrinthxo | Jul 10, 2016 |
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