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Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt

(The Narroway Trilogy #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In the most thrilling fantasy of the year, a young girl must pretend to be a boy to rescue her brother from a secret order of monster hunters.

Ottilie Colter and her brother, Gully, have always fended for themselves. So when Gully goes missing one night, Ottilie sets out to find him – and soon makes a horrible discovery. Gully has been forcibly recruited by the Narroway Hun
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 2018 by Hardie Grant Egmont (first published 2018)
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Aug 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
When two friends independently suggest you should read a book because it is that good. You put the book on your TBR list and hope you can start reading it soon.
Give me literally anything with archer girls.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a really satisfying book, the start was kind of a drag but it was well worth it. I love the characters and their personality and I like how the misogynistic character/characters feel remorse! It's a thrilling fantasy it checks some of my boxes and would recommend for someone who wants a fiction and slight suspense. 2/5 ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt first came onto my radar when a friend or family member of Rhiannon Williams came into my work and told me all about it. She pitched it as something that fans of the Nevermoor series would enjoy. As a huge fan of the series, I was instantly drawn into this one and picked it up a couple of days later.

I did start reading this as part of a read-a-thon a few months back. I read the first 50 pages and then put it down to read something else and then didn’t pick it
Lotte Van Der Paelt
What an amazing book!

This was a great start to a new middle-grade fantasy series. I really liked the feminism that was brought into it (view spoiler)
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'll probably write a full review later but I was expecting such a strong feminist middle-grade novel and this wasn't exactly that.

** Mild Spoilers**

Whilst it did ask the question of why can't girls be equal to boys - nothing really happened to correct the misogynistic society. Whether that will come later I don't know but I really really hope so.

She questioned it so much to little avail which only irritated me.

She got punished so much for her actions when the males were still not accountable
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ottilie Colter was such a fun read! Full of adventure, mystery and a rambunctious cast of characters, Ottilie Colter tells the story of one girl's fight to save her younger brother when he's kidnapped by a secret order of male monster hunters, tasked with saving the world before they turn 18.
Ottilie is my favourite kind of character, she anxious and scared and afraid of doing the wrong thing but when push comes to shove she'll be brave despite how scared she is. More than that this is a story th
Kathleen Dixon
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The pay isn't terrific (although it puts bread on my table so I'm not complaining), but there are so many benefits to working in a children's bookshop. Today I am lauding the benefit of discovering books that I'd almost certainly never see if they weren't sitting here for sale. Ottilie Colter has been sitting on the shelf since July last year (well - sitting and being sold and coming in again, etc.), and the second in the series has been here for quite a while too, but I hadn't noticed either of ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt has the honour of being the first middle-grade novel to win Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize. It is a high fantasy novel in the same vein as the popular Ranger’s Apprentice series and we believe that this series will also be very popular. The Brakkerswamp, home to the Colter family, is a dangerous place and Ottilie and her younger brother Gully have always cared for each other. When Gully is recruited, ie. kidnapped, by the swamp picker to join the band ...more
Julia Pika
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ottilie goes undercover as a boy to find her brother and protect him, only to find out that *everyone* needs protection from these mysterious monsters that the so-called Narrowway Hunt is tasked with fighting.

A very enjoyable middle-grade fantasy novel dealing with darker creatures of the night, not to mention, rampant sexism! Ha, but still, it handles the issues very beautifully and I was absorbed from page one. I will mention, it is a little bit slow in the beginning but I'd say by page 100 it
Isa Rive
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-fiction
Neglected by their mother, siblings Ottilie and her younger brother are close. But when Gully is kidnapped, Ottilie must disguise herself as a boy to find him. They are taken to Fort Fiory in the Narroway, a secret border land where danger lurks. Terrifying monsters roam the surrounds only contained by a group of huntsmen or more accurately “huntsboys”. Unable to escape, they’re forced to join the training program. Ottilie struggles to hide her secret identity and answer her own worrying questio ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've been seeing this on Amazon for a while now, so I thought about reading a library copy, which I thankfully did find it and see what it entails. The story is about a girl who pretends to be a boy in a hunting group where all members are expected to be male, which is the point of the novel. Reading it few pages later, it began to remind me of stories of female cross-dressers like Joan of Arc and Mulan at first glance. And the gryphon-like figure on the cover wasn't present until two hundred pa ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully imaginative world with lovable characters, Williams spins a tale that captures and provokes curiosity. From the brave Ottilie - who is forced to disguise herself as a boy so that she can rescue her younger brother - to the band of boys (and girls) she meets along the way, the world is rich, layered and well thought out. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy. I have a sense that the world is about to get a whole lot bigger. Perfect for kids aged 8+ (as well as the young at h ...more
I loved this exciting adventure-fantasy story! Ottilie has been looking out for her brother, Gully, for a long time now. So when he goes missing, of course she goes after him. Even when she has to pretend to be a boy to get to him. And that’s just the start of her adventures! Soon she is training to hunt monsters she never even knew existed. But what will happen if they find out she’s a girl?
Love the strong message of equality that shines through this story without feeling preachy. Can’t wait fo
Julia Tulloh Harper
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was awesome! If you love middle grade adventure fantasy - read this, I couldn’t put it down. Don’t want to spoil but this has a great mystery, some great action, cool scary monsters, nice giant winged big cats, and best of all a great feminist undertone, asking the question - why does society allocate different roles to men and women, and what are so-called ‘male’ roles superior? (Book’s answer: for good reason). I can’t WAIT to read this with my kids.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun, entertaining adventure story I wish I’d had when I was younger.

I loved Ottilie so much, and love her firey spirit. This spirit coexists with her kind, caring nature and shows that girls can be just as good as the boys if they’re given the chance.

I hope so many kids get to read this and hopefully get the amazing messages within.
It took me awhile to get into this one - the worldbuilding was a little confusing! - but once I did I definitely enjoyed it. Ottilie is a brave character, and I liked reading about all of her friends - and their battles against the sinister dredretches, too. I'm looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 in this series - just as soon as we get them into the Library! ...more
Helen Edwards
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A romping adventure filled with tension and action, addressing issues of gender, love, loyalty and friendship. The story drew me in immediately and I stayed with Ottilie on her quest to save her brother and find her place in the world. Looking forward to the next installment!
Maleficent Jones
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply amazing, filled with drama and edge-of-your-seat scenes, Ottilie Colter and The Narroway Hunt doesn't cease to impress me. Each character was a unique individual and the plot found only in this book.

10/10 would read again!
Ava N
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The message and idea were great, but I felt it might have been a bit too kiddy for me.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Really enjoyed this! Such wonderful characters and I can't wait to revisit this world with the next two books in this series. ...more
Millie May
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uni-reads
A really good book! It felt like a retelling of Mulan but also very different at the same time! excited to read on!
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! One of my favorite books.
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Took me a long time but now I'm interested. ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-dutch, 2021
Read February 2021
3,5 stars

A fun middle grade. Curious to see where the story will go in the second book.
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!
Kate Hofman
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing adventure to be had with this book. A great journey not only through the Narroway but also journey of self discovery, loyalty and friendship. This book offers so much for the young mind and sucks you in with its twisting plot.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reporting questions for the @ausyabloggers #2020ReadingChallenge. This month’s theme is ‘Spookalicious’

1) What book did you pick for this month’s read?
Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt by Rhiannon Williams. Ottilie is a girl who is always worried and easily spooked. She looks out for her adventurous, younger brother and when he suddenly disappears, she find the courage and determination to go looking for him in a mysterious and dangerous underworld.

2) Did you enjoy it?
Yes! I read it in one da
H.M. Waugh
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has stolen my heart! I enjoyed reading it so much.

I loved it on the first read, when I was captivated by the friendship, humour and exciting world filled with unknowns that I just wanted to know.

I loved it on the second read, as I discovered some of the tricks author Rhiannon Williams used to make it so super-duper awesomesauce.

And then...

YES! And then!

AND THEN!!!! I went out and bought it because my library only had an e-book and I love paper books. And I loved it on the third read wi
Judy Wollin
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ottie wakes to find her brother gone. Rumours of Pickers taking boys from their beds haunt Ottie. She goes to extraordinary lengths to find where he has been taken too.
Ottie, her brother Gully and three friends decide they must escape this place where they are held prisoners. Ottie is conflicted. She had grown to like where they are. What does she decide? What events take the decision out of her hands?

I enjoyed the twists and turns this story took. I enjoyed the character having to deal with st
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