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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007214898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007214891
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Langrish is a first-rate storyteller who deftly weaves into her tales vivid, well-researched domestic detail, real folklore and emotional intelligence.” Amanda Craig, The Times

Praise for Troll Blood:

“The gripping climax mixes humour, adventure and imagination.” Amanda Craig, The Times

"An exciting and rewarding story, enriched by Langrish's wonderfully effective evocation of contemporary folklore… This is a lovely book. Read it. Read all three!" School Librarian

"I love these books. Katherine Langrish is often compared to Alan Garner. She uses the same blend of history, mythology, fantasy and magic to spin a thumpingly good tale that is both realistic and dream-like… The historical details are awesomely researched." The Book Bag

Praise for Troll Mill:

“Despite the high drama of Troll Mill, it is moments of comedy… which will make children rock with delight and long for the further adventures of Peer.” Amanda Craig, The Times

Praise for Troll Fell:

In Troll Fell Katherine Langrish has unearthed a captivating world. Bleak and captivating. Her style is quirky and hypnotic and her characters are instantly recognizable as someone you know, or someone you wish you didn't. Eoin Colfer

"Troll Fell is a joy… a marvellous, magical adventure…” Amanda Craig, The Times

"The style is enthralling, and the adventure persuasive and gripping. A juicy read for children." Independent on Sunday

"From the opening page… Langrish's power to locate her story in the reader's imagination is reminiscent of Alan Garner." Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Katherine Langrish grew up in Yorkshire, studied English at university and has always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Married with two daughters, Katherine lived in France near the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, where she ran a storytelling group for children. She has also lived in New York State, near the Finger Lakes, said by Native American legends to be the hand-print of the Great Spirit. Katherine currently lives in Oxfordshire and is enjoying her life as a full-time author.

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This is one of the best novels for children I've read for a long time. Langrish has created a magical world without a trace of whimsy, an engrossing read whose characters grip you right from the start. The thing is that in the Middle Ages people really saw the world differently, and this is how Langrish's characters experience their lives. I think it's this groundedness that makes the novel so utterly convincing. And there are the wonderful descriptions, so vivid, but utterly economical, they enhance the narrative, never divert attention from it. You can feel the snow, the cold wind, taste the good food.I loved Wolf and Nest, and the strange, dangerous jester, the obsessed, magnificent, yet pathetic Lord Hugo. I just had to keep on reading.
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This is a very gripping and well-researched book. The details of medieval life are so well done that you really feel you're there, both in the castle and on the forbidding Devil's Edge. Wolf and Nest, the young hero and heroine come vividly off the page and the supernatural elements blend in with the real-life story in a totally believable way. A good one for both boys and girls...and their parents.
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Absolutely brilliant - I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in from the first page! agree with the other reviewers - the way that the medeival setting is written brings it to life, so that it seems to really relate to the modern life in terms of experience, even though there is a strong fantasy element. Makes you realise that although the way we live has changed, people themselves haven't really.
High recommended.
I am now in the process of reading the Troll trilogy - I have read the first one, Troll Fell, and can't wait to start Troll Mill!
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I hadn't read any of Katherine Langrish's novels before and felt some trepidation as I'm often sceptical about fantasy novels. This, I thought, was outstanding as it kept such a beautifully judged balance between tangible reality and fantastical imaginings. Some of the atmospheric effects were breathtaking -- and wild nature IS breathtaking. There was also a kindliness and an individuality in the presentation of many of the characters, even minor characters like the old priest and his speechless wife, the man-at-arms scarred by his experience at the Crusades. Like other reviewers I also loved Elfgift and the Hob spirit. Shall certainly be reading more by this author.
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If you are looking for a gripping book, which will suck you in from the start, then Dark Angels is the book for you. The book is quite dark and has a creepy setting, the imagery Katherine uses will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on edge at times.
Dark Angels is a great fantasy novel, a genre I am fussy about. I either like or hate them, this I liked. Set in the time of the Crusades, when people saw things differently. They feared elves and demons; this is what the book is drawn on. These mysterious creatures which are caught somewhere between Heaven and Hell.
The characters are ones you will fall in love with Elfgift the elf child and Wolf, you will empathise and root for them throughout. Not forgetting the heroine of the story Nest, who speaks to the Hearth Hob as natural as we speak to our friends. She was my favourite character, the daughter of a knight, who wanted to do something special with her life.
Katherine's descriptions of the world are so vivid and wonderful you can't help being caught up in them. It is as if you can smell the wood burning stove, taste the food and feel the wind on your face.
The ending was unexpected, but a great way to end it, one I very much enjoyed. A great book for early teen readers upwards and perfect for both boys and girls, with its strong characters of both genders. One I would highly recommend.
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Katherine Langrish writes a wildly original kind of fantasy - the kind in which you entirely forget that any of it is made up. As in West of the Moon (also known as the Troll trilogy), the world of Dark Angels rests on the simple premise that ancient myths are true. By taking folklore at face value, it conjures a world in which people live side by side with ghosts, elves and hearth-hobs, (almost) without batting an eyelid.

Nor does this author do traditional heroes. Former crusader Sir Hugo, though not nearly as ruthless as the psychotic Harald in Troll Blood, is strongly hinted to be far from the perfect knight, with countless innocent deaths on his conscience. No, the `hero' here is actually Wolf, a 13-year-old boy who's extraordinary by his very ordinariness, and a lack of any obvious `heroic' traits - apart from the one that proves to be all that matters: a good heart.

There's also a terrific heroine in the form of Nest (`Don't call me Lady Agnes'), another wholly realistic teenager trapped in a world that has nothing to offer her. Living in dread of her imminent arranged marriage, she proves that a strong female character doesn't have to be a bow-wielding violent action heroine. In fact my favourite scene in the whole book is where Nest turns on her oppressors with a ferocious blast of medieval feminism that should have everyone, girl or boy, cheering.

The setting is just a dream - sometimes a fevered dream - an astonishingly vivid wild British landscape, in which the sound of a light wind might be the Devil's hunting horn, or a patter of stones the feet of spectral hounds on your scent. But if `Dark Angels' makes the supernatural almost commonplace, then the real mystery and magic comes from very human troubles and questions.
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