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Preview — Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl
Troll Hunters (Troll Hunters #1-4)
Overall, Troll Hunters looks extremely cool. It’s full of textured pages and creepy illustrations; the one below is just an example.
It is needless to say that the illustrations are the best thing about the book. I think Troll Hunters would work better as a graphic novel due to its too simplistic writing style. Also, the whole story isn’t interesting enough for a book. Or better yet, it needs a more suitable author to work on it.
The story feels clipped and dry. No character depth, shallow dialog ...more
Review by Kate
I am new to Michael Dahl but what an introduction. The book, which I read in the 4 split novels, is an adrenaline ride from page 1 right through to the end.
I read each book in a single sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. Aimed at children this book (or series depending how you read it) is a fantastic journey into the world of trolls and the Prak Tara.
Each character was well thought out and detailed so much you could picture each clearly.
There are many twists and turns that tru...more
Four children are drawn together when trolls invade the surface of the earth through a deep well. All were interested in the meteor shower, but instead found themselves running from trolls. Using their intellect and help from an unexpected man named Dr. Hoo, they survive and are able to fight another battle.
This book takes a look at the solar system and the constellation ...more
While Reading: I wasn't expecting this to be as epic of a fantasy novel as I thought it would be first glance. Definitely a book to rival The Spiderwick Chronicles and I am hoping to see a sequel or series sprout from this adventure. I loved the diversity of the four different characters. Two boys, two girls and of differing ages, each with their own unique abilities and personalities ...more
This book is filled with some very interesting characters. Dahl did a great job with keeping up suspense and suspicion. The book has high advent ...more
An enjoyable tale of contemporary fantasy, suitable for middle-graders through adolescent (and even adults too ), “Troll Hunters” is an easy yet engrossing read. Author Michael Dahl credibly comprehends the viewpoints, fears, desires, and reality of the young, both quite young (as Louise), and adolescent (Zak, Pablo, Thora, Bryce), so that the reader observes (and participates) from the youngsters’ viewpoints. As well, his ability to suspend disbelief has readers readily conceding that even in t ...more
This carries on from where Skyfall left off so I do not want to repeat myself writing the same review I did for that one but it can be viewed here.
This is a great children’s book and one I would buy as a gift to my friend’s children.
An advance reader copy was kindly supplied through Netgalley.
This reminded me of those movies when the scene filled with chasing and banging and horrible clanging is about to end another one starts up. I tend to like my books a bit quieter and character driven. This is definitely plot driven and the tension is all about what is going to happen next. Which I have to admit would appeal to many middle grade readers, especially boys. There is rarely a moment to catch your breath before another scary situation begin ...more
In addition, there's barely (if any) character development.
This book may not possess the best writing, but it kept my interest throughout.
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The story itself is clearly aimed at late elementary or early middle school. The text has some difficult vocabulary words, but the story and context is generally strong enough to help the students struggling with comprehension to make some logical inferences.