Friday, November 27, 2009

The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle



Hallow Hill has a strange and tragic history. For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from the estate, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have come to live at Hallow Hill. Brought up in a civilized age, they have no idea of the land’s dreadful heritage. Until, that is, Marak decides to tell them himself.

Intelligent, pleasant, and completely pitiless, Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be a King—and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom.

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 64 /70

Obtained: Birthday present from family.

Age Appropriate? PG
Cussing: I can't remember any...
Alcohol, drugs, etc.: None.
Sexual Content: No scenes.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Gory and disgusting details of violence

This was my second time to read The Hollow Kingdom, and the second time was just as good, if not better, than the first. This is a fantastical story like no other. Dunkle's writing is beautiful, true, and easy to read. The world she paints in her readers' mind will forever be imprinted there and will be practically impossible to escape from.

The characters are so intriguing and so believable. You are constantly learning new things about them that make you love them even more! Kate is a strong female protagonist that is impossible to dislike. And Marak, the goblin King, is a masterfully created character.

The magical kingdom of Hallow Hill is enchanting to read about, and its inhabitants even more so. I suggest that you give this trilogy a try. You won't be disappointed.


Clare B. Dunkle's site


  1. It is a great story, isn't it? I loved it. Especially the growth and change between Marak and Kate. Have you read the other two in the series as well?

  2. Yes, I have. :) They are also absolutely fantastic!


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