Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: THE TRYLLE TRILOGY by Amanda Hocking

The Trylle Trilogy
is composed of Switched, Torn and Ascend.  Normally, I review series books separately, but in this case, I got super obsessed with them and read them straight through without break, meaning it is hard for me to think of them as separate books.  This is actually a tremendous compliment to the author, because I could not get enough of this story!!! 

The Trylle are actually a unique take on troll mythology.  They mostly look like humans except they tend to have kinkier hair, hate to wear shoes and are very picky eaters.  As a people, they live in tribes and are presided over by a monarchy.  The Trylle have historically held magic powers, however, as their numbers have dwindled, few are capable of magic anymore. 

They also continue to practice the age-old changeling system.  When Trylle babies are born, they are switched with human ones, usually in wealthy families.  When the children reach adulthood, Trylle trackers retrieve them and bring them back to the community, hopefully with a hefty trust-fund bestowed on them by their human host-parents. 

Wendy is a slightly rebellious teenager whose own mother tried to kill her when she became convinced Wendy was a monster.  Her mother is locked in a mental institution, but it turns out, she wasn’t far from the truth.  When Finn, a Trylle tracker, shows up to take Wendy back to her real family, she leans that she is a troll.  Not only that, but she is the daughter of the Trylle queen and next in line for succession.  Unfortunately, a warring tribe, the Vittra, also want to get their hands on Wendy and have vowed to destroy the Trylle to do it. 

This series has a bit of everything—magic, myth, action, romance…ah, the romance!  Trylle society is very divided by social class and those classes do not mix.  Wendy is in constant battle between her heart and her duties as a Princess.  There is something so appealing about forbidden love, especially when it leads to a happily-ever-after.  I have to say, I love the way this ended.  Of course, I won’t give spoilers, but the ending was perfect. 

Overall, I give The Trylle Trilogy…

Plot – 4 ½ bookmarks
Interpretation of Mythological Lore – 5 bookmarks (She made trolls cool!)
Action – 4 bookmarks (Some cool uses of magic in combat & defense)
Love Story – 5 bookmarks (!!!!!!!!)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Jessica Parker Kennedy (Wendy), Justin Wilcznski (Finn), Heath Ledger (Loki), Idina Menzel (Queen Elora), Henry VIII (King Oren), Sofia Sisniega (Willa), Corey Monteith (Tove), Luke Bracey (Matt), Andrew Hazzard (Rhys)


  1. This sounds really unique! I like how Amanda has combined a few myths. I may have to pick this one up!

  2. Okay, since Heath Ledger is unavailable to play Loki, I found another person who would be perfect!!! Alex Pettyfer!!!! Check him out on IMDB. Hot!

  3. Just started reading Amanda's Switched, and so far I am deeply impressed. I like how real the characters are and how Wendy is pulled (tugged) in multiple directions. The plot so far doesn't satisfy with quick answers and makes you feel like you are discovering the truth along with her. The pace is quick and its like watching a movie in your head. Can't wait to finish it.

    Matthew Leo - Author - "Revolution of the Gods"

  4. I certainly do not agree on WENDY ending up with Loki. . . Sure, Finn didn't fight for her, but Wendy was going to be the Law of Forening and she was going to obtain power that could put things in the a more humanly way. That Markis and Marksinna's could marry Mansklig or Trackers, she could legalize that because she WAS the Law. And IF she did that, then Finn wouldn't have held back and fought for her, he desperately wanted to be with her. Loki on the other hand, yeah sure, he managed to get my attention but behind all of that I still thought he was a dick. He wasn't that much of the lead male role to be praised. He was just a bad boy who fortunately seduced the princess.
    I pitied Tove when Wendy had cheated on him, even though both of them didn't love each other it was still so wrong to have done that to your own husband behind his back. . . So, wrong. . . . But, I must say that the Trilogy is captivating and addictive, even though it didn't turn out as I hoped it would be, still, it was pretty awesome. . . :) Praise you AMANDA HOCKING for bringing such a unique literary piece to the modern world.