My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Tween Futuristic Fantasy
Book Description: When Bilwok discovers the ancient record of his people, it changes everything he’s ever known about himself, his fellow trolls, and the world beyond his hidden home. Now he has to decide where his loyalties lie and how far he’ll go to find the truth. Discover the intriguing world of trolls in this fascinating fantasy that’s filled with twists and surprises!
My thoughts: Bilwok is a young troll who is trying to figure out his place in his world (city of Tennevollen). The book is set in a futuristic time when men have destroyed their world and become more primeval. The trolls have survived in a hidden and secluded area. They have legends about the evils of men and how they must protect themselves from the outside world.
At the beginning of the story Bilwok is rebellious. He just wants to have fun and avoid responsibility. He finds a National Geographic from February 2157. The pictures and stories paint a different picture than he has learned. He becomes determined to find out the truth and study the teachings of the toll culture. He is no longer a care free boy, but a model student and good son. He looses friends while he finds himself while learning of the past.
I would consider this a coming of age story set in a fantasy and futuristic setting. Bilwok learns many lessons that help him become a better person (or troll). He learns about his potential and discovers himself in the process. He also has far greater potential than he ever imagined as he become someone the legends foretell.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a first with more to follow. I look forward to learning more about the Trolls and their future with mankind. War is on the horizon and I would like to see how Bilwok is able to bridge a gap between two cultures.