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Troll Hunters (Troll Hunters #1-4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Far above the small town of Zion Falls, the stars fall from the sky. Deep below the sleepy city, an ancient evil awakens. Caught in the middle are four friends who find powers beyond their wildest dreams -- and monsters worse than their darkest nightmares.
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Stone Arch Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer

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
Barb Middleton
Sep 05, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I would plop this book between Secrets of Droon and Beast Quest in reading level for fantasy lovers out there. While easier than Beast Quest or Spiderwick Chronicles, it still has some high vocabulary words (cryptozoology for one) and a lot of characters to keep track of for young readers. Pablo, Zac, and Thora, are watching a meteor storm over a quarry when strange things start to happen. Actually strange things happen on the way to the quarry but the chapters bounce around like scenes in a mov ...more
Sep 29, 2012 NaomiRuth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir, bwob
Ehhh... I'm conflicted. It was okay. I liked it well enough. This is one of the BEA books I picked up. It was an interesting story idea and told well enough I suppose. I just wanted more from it. I didn't feel attached to the characters. It was all just ACTION and STUFF HAPPENING but I didn't feel like I had enough about the characters. It just happened all too fast and there didn't seem to be enough depth to it. And, this is a smaller side note, I found it distracting that the Doctor's name was ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Sophi rated it liked it
This is one of those "tragedy-happens-even-to-authors" books. It was a good idea. Interesting and fairly original. Many authors would love to be graced with an idea like this. However, (this is where the tragedy comes in) this book is butchered. I don't care how old your target audience is, don't insult their intelligence. It's written like a Phonics book. At least in most parts. But for some reason, at certain times, a college professor hidden in the margins jumps out and bombards you with all ...more
D.L. Morrese
A bunch of kids bash monster trolls with the help of mystical star power. I'm not sure what age group this one is intended for. The length would make it YA, but the simple story and prose are more suitable for kids 8 to 10.
Kristi Bernard
Nov 11, 2012 Kristi Bernard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are all told as children to reach for the stars. But, what if your destiny is infused with the actual star constellations? Pablo, Thora, Zak and Louise discover their destiny and their superhero powers when tragedy strikes their small community of Zion Falls. It starts with missing bunnies, a bad car wreck and even worse, missing family members. The countryside has been invaded by Trolls. On this frightful night a spectacular meteor shower and an ancient prediction has come to life. The Troll ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
First Impression: I was looking forward to this middle grade fantasy novel with lots of brilliant illustrations.

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

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 tr

Sean Panzer
I love troll hunters! It is so cool and I can't wait to read the rest of the books.5 stars


Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Action, adventure, fighting trolls, and a little bit of the mythology behind the stars are what you will find in Troll Hunters.

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
Nov 06, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
The Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl is an adventurous story about a group of kids that have to save the world from trolls. It starts on the night of the meteor shower. From the beginning everything seemed kinda off. That was just the beginning. Four kids from the town of Zion Falls discover they have the power to stop the trolls from taking over the world.
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
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May 08, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: may-2012-reads

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
Nov 10, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Although I wouldn't want a steady diet of this sort of stuff, I found it engaging enough and a quick read. There's plenty of action and not a lot of character development as four friends band together to thwart the trolls' plans to invade the earth and reclaim their territory. Thora, Pablo, Louise, and Zak, residents of the small Zion Falls, find that when they come together, each of them is stronger than ever before. In fact, Zak takes on the form and persona of a great silver bear. With the he ...more
Kian Manghise
Oct 19, 2014 Kian Manghise rated it really liked it
I think that Troll Hunters by Micheal Dahl was a pretty good book. You follow a group of teenagers whose names are Zak, Pablo, Louise, and Thorah who are also "children of the stars" which mean that they can transform into a magical being. They learn that there are trolls in their hometown of Zion Falls and desperately try to stop them before its to late. The writing style is pretty smile and is a pretty easy read. It also has a lot of really cool pictures and graphics. I would pretty much recom ...more
As with Skyfall, this is a very well told children’s story with plenty of gothic elements and superb illustrations.

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.
Oct 07, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
Pretty good book. It is definitely a good book for 9 to 12 year old. Very interesting idea. The premise of the book is trolls are invaded the world and the constellations are reborn to fight them. The main characters were good but seemed flat there was no depth to them except at the end Zak grew through out the book and developed into a good character. The development of the story line was slow and not engrossing as I thought it would be. The action in it was okay there were one or two good scen ...more
Pam Torres
Aug 27, 2012 Pam Torres rated it liked it
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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
Shae Dunshee
Apr 08, 2016 Shae Dunshee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 22, 2013 Dandelionsteph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
Events passed quickly, to the point the writing style felt spasmodic. (The frequent use of "suddenly" to begin a sentence adds to this impression.) Its spasmodic style meant some parts were mildly confusing, but the narrative was always coherent enough to understand and allow progress to the next page.

In addition, there's barely (if any) character development.

This book may not possess the best writing, but it kept my interest throughout.
Rebecca Pausley
Sep 27, 2012 Rebecca Pausley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Perfect for Halloween - a group of average teens discover that the world isn't what they once believed.

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.

Sep 21, 2015 Mouse rated it really liked it
This was a light, fun, quick read! Much better than I thought it would be. The font was quite big in the pages and there was rather large spacing so it's quick to get through! There wasn't a whole lot of development and it moves fast, not a lot of down time. Great for teens with short attention spans or 'text-itis'...Lol!
Ginny Lurcock
Ever notice that sometimes kids books are terrible downers? No seriously Look at Charlottes Web or Watership Down. Huge downers. Well now, thanks to Michael Dahl you can add Troll Hunters to that list.

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Feb 18, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-read
I am rating this based upon what I think my kids will think. It is high intensity and lots of action with lower reading level but the type is not so big as to look stupid which is true of some low reader books.
Jennifer Halbur
My middle school students will love it. It reminds me a bit of the Percy Jackson series, but it's not as good as that. Too "out there" for me to love.
Feb 26, 2013 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, adventure
A fun, quick read. You have trolls (obviously), centuars, Orion, giant bears, and other mythical creatures. I throughly enjoyed it.
Apr 22, 2013 Robin rated it it was ok
This is a fast-moving, action story which should appeal to reluctant readers who like to be on the edge of their seat when it comes to plot. Just didn't do much for me!
Ingrid Foster
Aug 01, 2012 Ingrid Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great middle grade children's book that I highly recommend. Dahl's characters are believable and entertaining, the story is fast paced and this book leaves you wanting more.
Jul 02, 2014 Paige rated it really liked it
If you can somehow suddenly look past the repetitive, "suddenlies," and "somehows," then you've got a good, fast-moving story!
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Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children's books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.

He also writes under aliases Chris Carey, Rick Thomas, and Mark Ziegler.
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