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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Unicorn Books (30 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615702546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615702544
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,084,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening, post-carbon preparation, and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands. Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore - online or on Main Street.

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J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening, post-carbon preparation, and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands. Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore – online or on Main Street.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shantnu Tiwari on 20 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I don't usually read traditional fantasy, so was a bit apprehensive about this. But I needn't have worried. The book didn't start off with 400 pages of back story, but cut right into the action.

The books uses the term trolls, but it redefines it. Troll are people who were trying to do a forbidden magic, and have damaged their bodies a a result. They turn into violent, aggressive beings, who have to ultimately be killed.

The book starts off with a Prince who has been cursed to become a polar bear in the day, and man at night. To escape his curse, he must spend a year with his childhood friend, sharing his bed with her. While the story is based on a Nordic tale, this is one of the versions of the story that became Beauty and the Beast.

The heroine, Elle, is no Disney Princess, however. She doesn't sit passively, waiting to fall in love with the hero. She has her own goals for helping the Prince. For one, she wants to help her teacher survive the troll disease. Second, she wants to escape her poor background and become a musician. The Prince offers her a chance to practice everyday. Of course, they have to deal with all the dark magic that surrounds them first...

The book had a good pace from the start, and I was going to give it 5 stars. However, the middle really sags, and there are pages upon pages where nothing but tea drinking and swimming happens. Similarly, the Epilogue is redundant(and very long), and can easily be skipped. The book should have ended when the heroine rescues the hero (like I said, not a Disney story).

Other than that, this is a very good book. The magic system is really interesting, and really got me thinking. Other than a few places, the book moves really fast, and keeps you gripped.

Strongly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Story 11 Jun. 2013
By Glorificous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An interesting and unique story that's part fantasy quest/part fairy tale. A bit slow to start but otherwise, a fine read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enter the world of Silmaren... and get absorbed in a magical story 13 Jun. 2012
By W. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Troll-magic was a fun read. After finishing J.M. Ney-Grimm's short story, The Troll's Belt, I was eager to delve into a longer work, and this novel did not disappoint.

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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Such Rich Imagery! 12 Jun. 2013
By D. J. Gelner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't usually read much fantasy, let alone Norse fantasy. I think my only exposure to the topic thus far over the course of my thirty years was watching "David the Gnome" on Nickelodeon as a kid--his fox, Swift, was always the coolest!

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Re-Telling of a Fairy Tale 22 May 2013
By Mira - Published on Amazon.com
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Troll-magic is a very enjoyable, interesting and thoughtful re-telling of a Norse fairy tale. The author takes the idea of a man turned into a bear and the woman who might free him (a Beauty and the Beast myth) and fleshes it out into a rich narrative, where magic has rules and people are complex.

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.
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