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)