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by J.M. Ney-Grimm
Published December 28th 2011 by Wild Unicorn Books
“In short, she was the friend from his childhood . . . and yet not his old friend: taller, hints of curves. Why had he never noticed she was beautiful before? All his planned introductions slipped away.”
Kellor's a prince in trouble. Lorelin's a musician trapped by bucolic traditions. Both must defy a troll-witch's curse while navigating a maze of hidden secrets.
So there might be love. What about challenge?
“There had been words when Mandine cursed him. In memory, he could hear the scream of her rage and despair, see her contorted face and the splintering acidic light. But the details eluded him.”
In the North-lands, using troll-magic is a crime punished by death, but some folk are desperate enough to risk it. Mandine was one such seeker, and her troll-disease has bitten deeply, stealing her sanity. Bound within her curse, Kellor evolves a crazy plan to defeat his step-mother, but it depends on the willingness of an old friend. Will Elle join him, even though his identity is concealed? And if she does, can she prevail against a troll-witch's potent curse?
Enchantment . . . adventure . . . what about insight?
“It's a risk, I suppose. But wouldn't you learn and grow regardless of what the result was? That would be a gain, even if playing in Ringestad were not.”
Lorelin stepped lightly after her sister. “Don't just sit there, do something?”
Irisa sat on the low wall and patted the spot beside her invitingly. “Except there's also: don't just do something, sit there!”
Lorelin laughed. How did you tell which wisdom-saying to follow?
And who will triumph when the prince's fate is written? The troll-witch? Her troll-daughter? Or the flautist?
Troll-magic is a novel.
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