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I was interested in the magical research and the mysterious southern land and where the curse would go, but in the end, literally every single character being unfailingly nice and well intentioned was too much for me.
If you're looking for a more wholesome fairy story, this might be for you.
One of the best things is the magic, which is studied in the same way science is studied in this world. Ney-Grimm weaves the story on many levels - showing how the integration of magic affects the overall society, families, the Beauty and Beast couple, and the individual as well. I appreciated the large cast of characters in the story - this Beauty and the Beast tale takes place in a busy world where friends and family are involved and have their own motives and storylines.
There is action, and it can be exciting, but the real heart of the story is character growth. The characters feel real and complicated, and the changes in the storyline are earned through their development. (But be aware there are times when the story becomes quiet, and the emphasis is on inner reflection and insight). As for the Beauty and the Beast couple, their story is heartwarming and a little sexy.
I thought that the author was very skilled, and her writing, at times quite lyrical. Her descriptions of nature are lovely. Her work compares favorably with Robin McKinley and Patricia McKillip. If you like their stories, you will most likely enjoy Troll-magic. I know that I plan to read Ney-Grimm's other works; I'm really pleased to have discovered her!
In summary, if you're looking for an intelligent, fun and interesting read, I highly recommend this book.
This story mixes adventure, romance, life lessons and, of course, magic.
J.M. Mey-Grimm has created a fascinating new world. Her detailed descriptions and colourful writing style bring the world of Silmaren and the Norse-lands right off the page and into life.
She has introduced us to memorable characters -- Kellor, Lorelin, and Irisa -- characters with depth and intelligence. You will find a little bit of yourself in each of them, I know I did!
That all changed when I read "Troll-magic." From the start, Ney-Grimm paints a vivid, lush picture worth of the Peter Jackson treatment. The style and tone of the frequent, rich descriptions drew me into a world filled with magic that has severe consequences attached to it. It's more than that, though: a coming-of-age story with elements of Steampunk make it a great tale for fantasy enthusiasts of all ages.
As a reviewer above noted, the story does begin a bit slow, with many characters to keep track of. Additionally, I'm admittedly a bit of a "movie reader"--the numerous descriptions, though generally very well-written, did take away from the pacing in spots, especially toward the end when the action kept me turning pages.
But overall, "Troll-magic" was a (very polished) page-turner that I enjoyed thoroughly, and will recommend to others.