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Det skjulte rige (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  7,054 ratings  ·  620 reviews
Da søstrene Kate og Emily flytter til det øde og fjerntliggende område Hallow Hill, hører de historierne om det mærkelige og grufulde underjordiske folk, varylerne, der efter sigende bor på egnen.
Men deres interesse forvandles til skræk, da pigerne en nat løber ind i varylerkongen Marak, der ikke alene ved alt om pigerne, men som oven i købet har en plan med Kate, der vil
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published 2005 by Sesam (first published October 1st 2003)
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This book is exactly the type of fairy tale that I love the most. Now, I know that I have been outspoken in the past about my dislike of fantasies featuring caveman, bad-boy type hero characters. However, I think that I know and respect dozens of women who melt in the presence of these guys. Do I look down on my friends for their fantasy preferences? Absolutely not, because guess what? We all have a fantasy weakness. We all have that certain fairy tale that bypasses every logical part of our bra ...more
Bumping it up to 5 stars, because I've read this YA fantasy again and again. Each time I like it more.
"She couldn't move or speak, though she was vaguely aware the ugly creature was watching her with concern."
From page one, I was captivated by this award-winning fantasy, written for adolescents. With only a few hugs and kisses, it is unexceptional, but beware the creepy dark magic in the last chapters, where (view spoiler)
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
This is a wonderful, different kind of YA fantasy, set in Victorian times in England. It takes the old trope--goblin kings kidnap beautiful girls, marry them and they never see the light of day again--and twists it: Goblins are lovable even if ugly and, um, prone to kidnapping women for their wives. You don't need to marry a handsome prince. And it's done in a way that's honest and appealing (the story has a great sense of humor) but doesn't pull any punches.

Kate, the main character who becomes
This book. THIS BOOK. You know those books that come along every once in a while that you utterly fall in love with to the point of hugging them? THIS BOOK. The last occasion I can pinpoint such a reaction was my reading of Howl’s Moving Castle, so yes, this is BIG NEWS. There’s just something about Clare B. Dunkle’s writing that is simultaneously starkly real and utterly charming–it hits the heart in ways that so few books have the power to do, no matter how wonderful their stories may be. In f ...more

I'll post a fuller review later, but my immediate thoughts are:

I'm honestly not sure how to rate this.

My experience of reading this book would get it five stars. I loved the writing, the setting(s), the characters, and the magic. I loved the words and sentences so much that I couldn't read quickly -- I had to savor everything about how it's put together. It's both charming and clever, and all of the characters show a spunk and ingenuity that just delighted me and constantly surprised me. I wan
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Apr 21, 2013 Keertana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keertana by: Heidi
If you had asked me just last year, I would have told you I didn't have a favorite fairy tale. I grew up hating "Snow White" and while I adored nearly every "Cinderella" movie re-telling I'd seen, the original story was not among my favorites at all. As a child, I never actually saw "Beauty and the Beast" or read the book, until one fated French class when we saw an old black-and-white version of it in French. Granted, I didn't understand everything that was said as it was only my second year of ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jan 10, 2015 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: Kathleen
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
4.5 Stars - Sweet, Grim, and Unique Fantasy

"If you know I hate being teased, she asked, "why do you always do it?"

"Because that's one of the things abut your new life that I love," he chuckled. That made her smile. "And I write about the milestones that the Kings look for their wives to pass. The first time you spoke to me--that was when you met me. The first time you called me by name--that was the day after you came here. The first time you smiled at me--that was a week after you came here, b
This book is about goblins, plain and simple. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average goblin story. In fact, what Clare Dunkle does is actually pretty cool. Dunkle doesn’t make her goblins suddenly beautiful creatures with noble intentions. No, she leaves them with all their warts and their monstrous features. Their intentions are questionable, their methods underhanded, and they are thoroughly dangerous. Yet I grew to sympathize with them, because Dunkle gives them a point of vie ...more
I have had the entire Hollow Kingdom trilogy sitting in my TBR stack for awhile now and finally settled in with the first one and read it through. The first thing to catch my eye was the dedication. This is often the case with me. I was wandering the bookstore with my cousin just other night, talking about what a sucker I am for a good dedication. I should probably be keeping some sort of top ten list or something. I've fallen in love with many a Lloyd Alexander dedication and that's why this o ...more
Although I may have liked this book in my youth, as an adult I found it rather repellent.

A young woman is coerced into marrying the Goblin King, Lord of the Hollow Kingdom.

This book is unfortunately one of those cases where the two main characters start off hating one another (or rather, the young woman starts off hating the male protagonist), but eventually fall in love. What probably incensed me more than anything is that the male character virtually slings the female character over his shoul
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I... well. The beginning is creepy in a good way. The end is creepy in a bad way.

The beginning has a sense of danger from a goblin menace. The end is some sort of apologia for rape, abduction, and Stockholm Syndrome.

This book just kinda grosses me out.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
EDIT: I just read this book again last night, and I have to say, I love it *MORE* than the first time!! The Hollow Kingdom is absolutely one of my all-time favorite books!! WAY TO GO, CLARE DUNKLE!!!! Thanks for writing such an amazing story :)

Wow I started this at 7 at night and finished at 2something in the morning! It was that engrossing! The fact that Clare Dunkle's writing was praised by Lloyd Alexander (one of my favorite authors of all time) really impressed me, and I see
Anne Osterlund
When Kate arrives at Hallow Hill, she feels a pull to walk the fields and see the stars. And a pull not to trust the man who offers her a ride home on his stallion. But Marak is not easily dissuaded. Nor is he a man.

The goblin king can walk through mirrors and explode windows. But he cannot marry another goblin.

He must kidnap and marry a girl not of his own kind. And he has chosen Kate.

Oh! This was a wonderful story. A perfect read for fans of The Princess and the Goblin & The Princess and C
Poor Marak. As King of the Goblins, he was not only accepted but revered in his world down-under. His subjects actually thought he was 'elf-pretty': almost too beautiful. But to most humans, he was monstrously ugly. With oddly colored hair similar in coarseness to a horse's tail, sharp teeth, bushy eyebrows and two different colored eyes, a disfigured shoulder and one hand that included six fingers, he looked like a beastly freak.

He knew he was in a difficult situation. As King, he was required
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Rory Williams
I first read this book when I was younger, and I absolutely loved it. It was one of those books that I enjoyed reading over and over. There are a lot of things I hate about this book now, which really breaks my heart, because I used to love it so much. When I was young, naïve, and blind to—or at the very least ignoring—all of the disturbing elements.

But first to the positives. I absolutely adore the world Dunkle creates. The goblins are really cool, and it’s kind of fun to watch Kate go from re
May 09, 2009 Holly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: Michelle Millet
When Victorian teenager Kate and her younger sister Emily are sent to live at their mysterious ancestral estate, Kate is sure she is being watched. It turns out that she is - and not by the native gypsies, but by the old and hideous goblin King Marek, who (following tradition) plans to kidnap and wed her. Will Kate be able to outmaneuver him before she is trapped underground forever?

After coming so highly recommended I had high hopes for this book, but I was disappointed. It's really unfortunat
From my 2007 reading round-up: But the book which would probably put me in my severely out-of-step place if more people had read it is The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare B. Dunkle. Maybe the I-shouldn't-really-mention-this-AGAIN-but-Beauty kind of out-of-step place, at that. I didn't think it was that great - or at least found it quite uneven - but the goblin king's changing from the terrifying figure who'd take a human bride against her will, understanding the horror of being forced to spend the rest ...more
Apparently it is romantic to be imprisoned underground by goblins and forced to bear their children. At least she had her self-centered sister to keep her company till the Stockholm Syndrome kicked in.
Kate and Emily have just inherited the estate on Hollow Hill but have no idea of the land's cursed history. Girls have been disappearing off the property for centuries with only crazy legends about magic and goblins for explanations. Kate begins to realize just how true the danger is once Marak the Goblin King begins to woo her. Goblin Kings court by kidnapping and the bride is destined to spend the rest of her life below ground. Kate is desperate to save herself and her sister, but dangers deve ...more
This is the best fantasy-romance I believe I have ever read. The fact the the romantic interest is a goblin shakes things up and the characters are written so well. Kate is not afraid of everything like some of the female characters of such books, she faces the whole thing bravely. This is hard considering a goblin is trying to capture her for his bride. At first it seems like it can only turn out badly but with a few surprising twists it ends up being just fine.
I really really really wanted to like this book. In fact, there were parts of it that I enjoyed immensely. Kate was my favorite kind of heroine, someone who was clever, determined, and a little fiesty. So what went wrong? Well, the whole captive bride thing. I know they went over it a lot, how important it was for the goblin race and how it was necessary for survival, but the wedding ceremony was honestly the most disturbing thing I'd ever read. They made a big deal of Kate doing it "of her own ...more
I read this almost 5 years ago, and for some reason, felt let down by it. I remember really liking it in the beginning, and feeling like it steadily lost me.
I can't for the life of me imagine why that is. This book has stuck with me for 5 years - the characters pop into my head; I wonder what became of them (I never finished the series), and I find myself thinking about them, their world, and how they're doing... "Disappointing" books shouldn't stick with you like old friends for five years, so
This book is truly special! I love reading, but this was the first time I was so excited with a book that I started sharing what I've read with my family. By the time I've reached half of it, my mother was nudging me to read it faster so I could tell her more of Kate and Emily's adventures. Unfortunately, The Hollow Kingdom is not available in Bulgarian and I am surprised that the book hasn't been translated in more languages! A pity, because I am certain that people from all over the world will ...more
Why do I love this book?? More than anything, it's a great love story! At first I was terrified that the Goblin King would succeed in capturing Kate...but then I knew it was inevitable. I love that Marak loved Kate's fiery personality and he tells her "My God Kate, what a king you'll bear!" I love that Kate eventually recognizes his kindness and his strength when she is defending her husband to the Sorcerer, telling him that goblins "aren't pretty, they're strong." And of course when Kate tells ...more
This is a re-read of a YA novel I read a few years back. It combines a Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque tale with fairy ballads like "Tam Lin" and "Thomas the Rhymer." The female protagonist, Kate, is wonderfully capable and determined throughout, without being unrealistically so, which I really appreciated.

My take on it when I first read it was that the pacing was uneven and that there were large sections of the story (and characters' development) that seemed glossed over. I still feel that this is t
Carolyn F.
I have no idea why this is considered a children's book. It's about girls being captured and held against their will ending up having babies with their captors. Didn't a couple of real guys get arrested for the same thing? I wouldn't want any child to read this book.

And because of this big giant elephant, I could not enjoy the book. I don't anything could have redeemed it in my eyes.
What a delightful fairy tale! I enjoyed hearing the story of Kate and the Goblin King. It's a classic story about orphaned girls, a deceitful guardian, and a horrible goblin who turns out not to be so horrible. I do love happily ever after! I'll be looking for the next in the trilogy.
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I was born Clare Buckalew in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Denton, Texas, a city north of Dallas. I earned my B.A. in Russian with a minor in Latin from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Indiana University with a master's degree in library science, I came back to San Antonio to work when my husband, Joe, joined the engineering staff at Kelly Air Force Base. I earn ...more
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