eARC Review: Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly.

troll mountain

Release Date: May 20th 2014.
Publisher: Momentum Books.
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A dauntless young hero.
An army of brutal monsters.
An impossible quest.

Journey to the mountain …

In an isolated valley, a small tribe of humans is dying from a terrible illness.
There are rumors, however, that the trolls of Troll Mountain, the valley’s fearsome overlords, have found a cure for the illness: a fabulous elixir.

When his sister is struck down by the disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls.

But to get to Troll Mountain, Raf will have to pass through dangerous swamps and haunting forests filled with wolves, hobgoblins and, worst of all, the ever-present danger of rogue trolls…

The journey to the mountain has begun.


My Thoughts:

This story was first released in three installments and is now being released as one novel.

Troll mountain was a typical quest/hero story with a fairly predictable plot. Raf is not happy with the way things are in his village. He is an inventor with big ideas that no-one wants to hear. He is constantly laughed at and dismissed. An orphan, he does whatever it takes to look after his sister. When she falls sick with the disease, he decides to go to Troll Mountain and find the fabled elixir the trolls are keeping for themselves.
He heads off into the badlands and meets the wise old Ko who is full of knowledge to help Raf on his quest.

They get into many sticky situations that they have to fight their way out of and soon find themselves in Troll mountain and close to the elixir. To defeat the trolls and get the elixir, Raf must discover the hero within.

It was a short, quick read that moved at a fast pace. There was plenty of action and no romance. For these reasons I feel it will appeal to boys, especially in the lower YA range.

I thought I would enjoy this one but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I prefer a least a little romance in my YA, and I was disappointed in the lack of female characters. Even though his sister is the motivation behind Raf’s quest, she isn’t in it often. I think it would be highly enjoyed by the right audience though, mainly young teen boys, and with it’s fast pace and high amount of action I believe it would be a good choice for reluctance readers.

You can add it to your Goodreads here.


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