Torn is the 2nd installment in Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy – a YA fantasy novel about trolls. In Switched, the first book in the series, readers learn that trolls, a.k.a. the Trylle, are not the homely creatures they’ve come to associate with that particular name. (After all, as interesting as trolls might be, there are probably not that many readers who would want to read a series about ugly, grumpy, greedy and conniving mythical creatures – especially stories involving romance and adventure.) In fact, they look, for all intents and purposes, like humans, which is how they are able to coexist with the human populace without detection.
Torn continues the story of Wendy Everly, a changeling who discovered that she was in fact a Trylle Princess that was placed with a human host family when she was an infant. In Torn, Wendy is once again being pursued by the Vittra – a rival Kingdom of trolls. The story reveals why she is so sought after, what her true capabilities are, and the choice she is forced to make – between love and her duties as Princess to the Trylle. With a new love interest, a better understanding of her position in Trylle society, and a firmer grasp on her powers of persuasion, seventeen-year-old Wendy Everly has some difficult decisions to make – does she follow her heart, does she accept her responsibilities, or does she choose her own safety?
Yet again, Amanda Hocking has created a unique tale in this genre that has become extremely crowded with stories from both indie and veteran authors. Torn is fast-paced and will engage you from the very first page. Although new characters are introduced, the author does not neglect the secondary characters from the first book, as often happens in series books. And while this is a sequel, the story does not feel like a filler book – one that bridges the gap until the next installment is released. The plot moves the story along, answering questions raised in the first book, but leaving readers with more than enough questions and loose ends for the final book in the trilogy, Ascend.
This book (and series) is a must-read for anyone interested in the YA fantasy genre and for anyone interested in a quick, enjoyable tale.
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To read an excerpt of Torn before its release on Amanda’s blog, click here.
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