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Title: The Lost City
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Omte Origins #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: 07 July 2020
Source: Wednesday Books
Rating: 4 Stars
The storm and the orphan
Twenty years ago, a woman sought safety from the spinning ice and darkness that descended upon a small village. She was given shelter for the night by the local innkeepers but in the morning, she disappeared - leaving behind an infant. Now nineteen, Ulla Tulin is ready to find who abandoned her as a baby or why.
The institution and the quest
Ulla knows the answers to her identity and heritage may be found at eh Mimirin where the scholars dedicate themselves to chronicling troll history. Granted an internship translating old document, Ulla starts researching her own family lineage with help from her handsome and charming colleague Pan Soriano.
The runaway and the mystery
But then Ulla meets Eliana, a young girl who has no memory of who she is but who possesses otherworldly abilities. When Eliana is pursued and captured by bounty hunters, Ulla and Pan find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where folklore and myth become very really and very deadly - but one that could lead Ulla to the answers she's been looking for.
If you know anything about me, its that I am a massive fan of Amanda Hocking's books. I read her Trylle Trilogy back when I was barely a teenager and fell in love. Since then, I have been collecting every single one of her books. I am so excited to follow Ulla on her journey and cannot wait to dive back into the world of the trolls.
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.
I loved the writing. It was fast-paced and easy to read making the slow-paced book go by faster. Hocking's writing style has definitely changed from the last trilogy to this book. It was more modern and full of pop culture references which I liked as it allowed the dialogue to flow more smoothly. There were moments where the writing seemed as if it would get a little info heavy but the pacing picked up again before that could happen.
I loved being back in the world and that we got to see some old favourites again. The book does start off on a slower note which is a lot different from the other trilogies but it really worked with the story. The slower pacing allows the reader to get familiar with the new character and a lot of new information. I really liked that the book was centred around troll history and we got to find out more about the various myths and legends that follow the story of the trolls. I think this added a lot of depth to the book and the world created by Hocking.
I really liked Ulla. I was able to recognise myself in her character and even in the way that she looked. She wasn't like Bryn and Wendy who were both petite, instead, she was pudgy as she would say. I also liked that she wasn't considered perfect. Her imperfections made her an accessible character. Whilst I loved Ulla, I wasn't as intrigued by the other characters. They didn't seem to stand out as much for me. I liked them but was never able to see them as something more than side characters. I hope that as we continue with the series this changes.
Overall, I say that this is another successful start to a new series by Amanda Hocking. I am so excited to get to know Ulla more and continue on with her story in the sequel (which is thankfully out sooner rather than later). Hocking's writing took on a new style in this book, appearing to be more modern and fast-paced which aided the novels slow-moving plot. The plot may have been slower-paced but that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. I loved learning more about the troll people and their histories, making a world that I already loved richer. The characters, with the exception of Ulla, weren't as strong for me in this book but I hope that my attachment will grow in the second book. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book!