Publishing Date: May 2014
Publisher Description: In an isolated valley, a small tribe of humans is dying from a terrible illness.
There are rumors, however, that the trolls of Troll Mountain, the valley’s fearsome overlords, have found a cure for the illness: a fabulous elixir.
When his sister is struck down by the disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls.
But to get to Troll Mountain, Raf will have to pass through dangerous swamps and haunting forests filled with wolves, hobgoblins and, worst of all, the ever-present danger of rogue trolls …
Review: The cover art is a slight improvement upon the original novella but still shite.
So…..Raf has saved a Troll named Dum and added Ko, a wizened cohort living in a swamp in the badlands. They decide to go through the mountain tunnels to reach the castle in order to obtain the Elixir. The tunnel entrance has an undisturbed huge spider web spanning the entire width of it. So they
assume that no one or thing has been through in quite awhile. Upon entering they run into 11 hobgoblins and 4 or so mountain wolves who summarily chase them. My question is how did the wolves get in there without disturbing the spiders web (writers logic used here) and how were both the wolves and goblins able to coexist in the cave prior to Raf’s arrival? The wolves do a good job chewing on the goblins while the battle ensues, so not sure what prompted this sudden discovery.
I thought the bulk of the novel might follow Reilly’s hidden treasure/trap scenario as in other novels. Those were inventive and fascinating. The hero’s and villain’s are challenged to figure out a way through without killing themselves. In Troll mountain it is mentioned initially that traps abound in the tunnel, but our merry band of hero’s pass through without one mechanical challenge.
Despite some fight scene and rope scaling fails, Reilly delivers lovable characters and adventure that is entertaining. Too bad this was a Novella as it lacked depth due to the pace. The authors interview at the end where he answers questions related to the crafting of the novel seems kind of narcissistic and over done. I think most of his novels follow this “self-interview” format.