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The Stronghold

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Crippled in a Roman raid on his native island, Coll spends many years planning an impregnable defense but has to overcome many obstacles before he is given a chance to put it to the test.
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published (first published 1974)
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Nikki H Stokes
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I won this book as a prize in upper-primary or lower-high school for something, and it would have to be one of my all-time favourites. Here I am, 30 years later reading it my teenage son, and it still takes me on such a fantastic ride.

It really is a great young adult title, told from the perspective of 18yo Coll, the adopted son of the chieftan of the Clan of the Boar. I love the descriptions of the people and the landscape, the turmoil between the clan and the Druids, and the exhilarati
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Brian
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every year the Tribe of the Boar is attacked by Roman slave raiders, and after one such attack, Coll became Coll the cripple. Coll, enraged by being orphaned and crippled at the age of five, has been perfecting an impregnable defense tower to stop the raids for thirteen years. When Coll reaches eighteen and is ready to present his plan, he can’t; the chief will not listen. The Stronghold is an intriguing historic fiction about the Roman conquering era.
Cynthia Egbert
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a sorta knowledge of what a broch was going into this book but I love what Mollie Hunter did to create a story around their origins. If you have any connection with Scotland, I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

A few intriguing quotes:

"Because that was the way with all great ideas. They seemed simple only because they rested on principles that could be demonstrated to be true. But it took a really great mind in the first place to recognize the mere existence of such principles!"

"No,
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Lesley Arrowsmith
We know now that brochs are far older than the Roman period (there have been some interesting archaeological digs up in the Orkneys since this book was written), but at the time it seemed reasonable that the threat to the local tribe was the Romans.
Margareth8537
Had to read all the likely candidates for the Carnegie Award that year, and this one really did stand out.
Zoe
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as evocative of Orkney landscape as I had hoped, but a thrilling story.
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Maureen Mollie Hunter McIlwraith writes under the name Mollie Hunter. Mollie Hunter is one of the most popular and influential twentieth-century Scottish writers of fiction for children and young adults. Her work, which includes fantasy, historical fiction, and realism, has been widely praised and has won many awards and honors, such as the Carnegie Medal, the Phoenix Award, a Boston Globe - Horn ...more
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