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Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,809 ratings  ·  185 reviews
For years, Emily has been living happily in the underground goblin kingdom. Now she is old enough to marry, but when her childhood friend, Seylin, proposes, she doesn't take him seriously.

Devastated, Seylin leaves the kingdom, intent on finding his own people: the elves. Too late, Emily realizes what Seylin means to her and sets out in search of him. But as Emily and Seyli
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (first published October 1st 2004)
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Kirsten
This sequel to The Hollow Kingdom was entertaining enough, but I found it overall to be rather disappointing. There were definite high points: the fleshing out of the history of the conflict between the elves and the goblins was welcome, and Dunkle's depiction of the dying elf culture was excellent, if harsh.

There were quite a few problems with the book, though. For one, the pacing and plotting was very odd; I felt that Dunkle introduced a lot of plot elements and then didn't give them their due
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Kathleen
3.5 stars, bumped to 4 because I loved seeing so much of Kate and Marak from book one, The Hollow Kingdom. What I loved about book 1 was the singleminded focus on only two main characters, Marak and Kate. Their developing relationship was given the attention it needed, and I enjoyed watching the beautiful Kate bond with her ugly goblin beast, even in the midst of fear, loss, and danger.

However, in this book (Close Kin) we see three relationships develop. Three!!! Seylen and Emily, Tinsel and Sab
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Lyssa
Although this book was no way near as good as The Hollow Kingdom, I still greatly enjoyed it. The characters are so much fun!!! This tale centers around two people from the first book, but it also introduces intriguing new people. Emily and Seylin must underatake quests in order to grow up and figure out which direction their lives will take. The story takes on a definite dark side when Seylin encounters the ragged elf band. I highly recommend to all my peeps and I am most definetly reading book ...more
Katie
I did like this in the end, but it took a while to really capture my attention. It felt like there wasn't much of a plotline, just some people wandering around and . . . really, not even doing all that much.

But I ended up really liking the characters. (view spoiler)
Willow
I’ve really enjoyed Clare Dunkle’s ‘Hollow Kingdom’ series. Dunkle has an unpretentious way of writing. Her characters are humorous, direct, and to the point. Her stories are fast-paced and fun. And the best part is there’s no purpley prose cluttering up the sentences or overlong, blown-up descriptions. Yet the world building is still imaginative, different and succinct. I like the characters and I like how Dunkle never strays from her original source which is obviously old-fashioned fairytales. ...more
Tadiana
If you like fantasies that don't pull their punches, this is a good one and it's well-written, but I have some difficulties recommending Close Kin unless you truly loved the first book, The Hollow Kingdom, and don't have a strong aversion to reading about some really unpleasant events.

This sequel is tied very closely to events in The Hollow Kingdom, so you definitely need to have read the first book before this one. It takes place maybe 6 or 8 years after Kingdom. Seylin, a goblin who looks just
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Clare Cannon
A wise and entertaining sequel to the Hollow Kingdom. The focus shifts to new main characters, Kate's sister Emily and her best friend Seylin. The variety and realism of characters is Dunkle's special talent, both the good and the bad learn and respond to circumstances, growing better or worse for their own free choices. Emily's initial resistance and later recognition of the need to gain maturity is expertly portrayed, realising that winning others over to her own ends is not as helpful as lear ...more
Hana
Wow. Just wow! I love this series; it is really amazing! The way Clare Dunkle made a world where societies of elves, dwarves, and goblins can live in secret without any humans knowing is spectacular! I would definately read this series again and again!
The characters have depth and the conflicts are so cool and believable! I definately recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy!!
Johanna
This was a nice sequel to The Hollow Kingdom. It followed up about 6 years after the first book left off. It starts off with Seylin trying to propose to Emily and failing miserably! Since the first book, I was hoping for this and I was curious to see how this problem would resolve itself. Emily is very self absorbed and Seylin is impatient, and he heads off to find "real" elves. I enjoyed seeing Marak up to his old tricks again as he lets both Seylin out for his quest, and Emily quickly after hi ...more
Sara
I really enjoyed Close Kin, but not as much as I enjoyed The Hollow Kingdom. This book more romance and searching than actual action. It also had a lot of history and stories in it. This helped me know more about the past of the goblin and elves, but didn't capture my attention or keep me on the edge of my seat as well as The Hollow Kingdom did. (view spoiler) ...more
Robyn
Feb 26, 2008 Robyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13 and up (maybe 12)
This is a good book. But, near the end, it gets boring just like the first book in its series.
Michelle
(3.5 stars) The second book in the Hollow Kingdom series is centered around Kate's younger sister Emily. She delights in her life in the goblin kingdom and is adored by the many children there. She unintentionally turns down her best friend, Seylin, when he tries to propose to her. He is so upset by her refusal that he asks for permission from Marak, the Goblin King, to go on a quest to find his ancestral people, the elves, whom he closely resembles. When she finally figures out what has gone on ...more
Jasmyn
We met the sisters Kate and Emily in the first book, Hollow Kingdom. Their life since the joining Goblin society has been "uneventful." They both have their jobs to do, although those jobs would seem strange to most humans, and have made a place for themselves in the underground kingdom. However, Emily is getting older, and as a human woman, the Goblin King is not so patiently waiting to see which of his subjects she will choose to marry. Everything goes a little crazy when Seylin, a friend Emil ...more
Arminzerella
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Kathleen
This is the sequel to The Hollow Kingdom and is the story of the sister of the Goblin King's wife. She's grown up among the goblins and loves them like family, but because of a misunderstanding, the one she loves the most, an elf-goblin hybrid, believes she has rejected him, and he goes off into the world to find elves (even though they are believed to have died off after the last elf-goblin war).

When she realizes what she has done, she re-enters the human world of her birth, and tries to find h
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Caroline
These books continue to surprise me. This book tells the story of Emily, Kate's younger sister and her significant other, Seylin. Marak appears in this story as well. It was interesting to see the clash of his roles as a brother-figure to Emily, but also a King with a responsibility to ensure the future of his race. We also learn more about the history of the Elves and the Goblins in this one. Sable, an elf woman, was the most interesting character to me. The marriage relationship of the elves, ...more
Heather
I think I actually liked this one more than the first one, but not enough to give it five stars. I felt like it fleshed out the human world better and was interested to learn more about the history of the elves.

While I've been enjoying these books on a surface level, I've been pondering what they might be really "about." In this book, there was more choice involved in the romantic relationships than in the goblin kidnapping of the first book. I know a lot of people aren't going to like any book
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Lisa is Busy Nerding
(this is the second book in the hollow kingdom trilogy, so spoilers for the first book - the hollow kingdom - are unavoidable really...)


in a sentence or so: Seylin finally bucks up the courage to awkwardly propose to Emily, only to be inadvertently turned down which triggers the heartbroken Seylin to head out and find his elvish ancestors. when Emily realizes what's happened, she too sets on a quest to find Seylin, and set things right...whatever that may be.

Emily and Seylin's tale begins in the
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Kathryn Fulton
I love the NPR series "My Guilty Pleasure," where authors and book reviewers talk about those books that you are ashamed of reading but love anyway . . . well, this trilogy is my guilty pleasure. For starters, they are paranormal romance (but written long before the Twilight craze, and with paranormal beings that are anything but lovely). Plus, they are about goblins and elves. And the writing isn't that great, with a lot of telling-not-showing, particularly in the first book. But the worst thin ...more
Angie
Close Kin is the second book in Clare B. Dunkle's Hollow Kingdom trilogy. It takes place around five years after The Hollow Kingdom and follows Kate's younger sister Emily. Or at least it seems to. Where The Hollow Kingdom stuck pretty closely to Kate's story, Close Kin jumps around a fair bit, splitting its time three different ways as it traces the paths of Emily, her friend and would-be suitor Seylin, and an extremely unhappy elf named Sable.

When Emily fails to take Seylin's romantic adva
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Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
The second installment of The Hollow Kingdom trilogy is not quite as good as the first volume, but is still worth reading. Emily, Kate's younger sister never had a problem adjusting to life underground. She loves being part of the goblin world and revels in everything about it. But she has come of age now and must be married off to one of the goblins. Her best friend, Seylin, doesn't look much like a goblin at all. Because he has some elven blood, he actually resembles that race far more than th ...more
Veronica
It took me years to finally work myself up to actually read this book. I absolutely loved 'The Hollow Kingdom'. I was convinced that there was no way any sequel could ever even come close to comparing to that gem of a first book, but something in the back of my mind kept niggling at me. I checked this book out several times over the last couple of years, but never could bring myself to read it. Finally, the incompleteness of it all was too much for me(I'm the type of person who has to read an en ...more
Samantha
I really enjoyed the first in this trilogy, so maybe my expectations were too high for this story to meet.
This story focuses on Kate's sister Emily and the globin Seylin who looks a lot like an elf, to his dismay. They have grown up together and Seylin is ready to propose marriage to Emily, who doesn't even really notice since she's too focused elsewhere. Her rebuff of Seylin leads him to go in search of other elves to help with his wounded heart and pride. Emily soon goes after him to mend thin
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Kathryn Knight
Close Kin, the sequel to Ms. Dunkle's The Hollow Kingdom is the continued story of minor characters from the first book. Seylin, the goblin who looks too much like an elf, feels slighted by the woman he loves and sets off to find the last of the elves. He leaves the goblin kingdom (which is underground) on a long and seemingly hopeless expedition. The woman he loves, Emily, is the younger sister of the human bride of the King of the goblins. Once she realizes Seylin has left the kingdom, Emily r ...more
Liked00dness
Several years after the events of the first book, Kate's sister Emily gets the spotlight.

After she accidentally rejects the goblin Seylin's proposal, he leaves the kingdom (with Marak's permission of course) and decides to find the elves. When Emily learns why he ran away, she leaves to find him. The book then switches between Seylin's interactions with the group of elves he finds, Emily's journey to find Seylin, and Marak keeping tabs on them both.

It was pretty good but my only problem was th
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Natalie
I came close to giving this 5 stars. Like I said with the first book in this seres I've been very pleasantly surprised by these books. I don't know why exactly why I was surprised. Possibly because I hadn't really heard much about these books before. Possibly because teen fantasy books sometimes prove to be disappointing. I know this book was surprising because, unlike many second books in a trilogy, this one was excellent! I read the synopsis and didn't expect to like it as much as the first bo ...more
Natacia
I liked book 1 the best. This one can continue the story if you really want to see what happens after the happy ending, but I wasn't too thrilled about. I gave 3 stars stars, because gave answer and kept up the story, but not something I would read again.
Characters were a little bland and left wondering what happened to the life they had back in book 1.
Featherheart
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Tammy
This book wasn't as much of a page-turner for me, though I still found it interesting. Admittedly, I almost quit reading after Sable did her bit of self-mutilation in the very beginning. That was enough to turn the stomach.
I felt impatient with a lot of the characters: Emily (in the beginning), Irina, Sable, and even Seylin (who I really like) upon occasion. To me, the male elves in the band Seylin discovers seemed too foolish and self-centered to be believable. So was Irina. she, and even Sab
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Lacey
Very good. It was a little different from what I expected. I thought the story would focus on Emily and Seylin and how they found each other. Instead their story was more of a catalyst for the two of them spliting off and having their own adventures. Emily goes to London and finds others with a tie to the goblin kindom, and Seylin finally finds some Elves. Seylin's story is a little more turbulent and really makes you wonder what is wrong with these elves. You are definitely hoping at the end th ...more
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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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