The Hollow KingdomBook - 2006
The Hollow Kingdom, the first book in Clare Dunkle's acclaimed fantasy trilogy, will transport readers into a magical realm that Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander calls "as persuasive as it is remarkable."
For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from Hallow Hill, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have moved there with no idea of the land's dreadful heritage--until Marak decides to tell them himself. Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be the goblin king, and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom . . .
The Hollow Kingdom is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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"'Kate is the first King's Bride I know of who had to promise away her own freedom in exchange for the goblins' help. Thanks to you, she'll be lost to her own race and locked away from this land that she loves. She'll raise just one child now, and he'll be a goblin; she'll cry for days after her first sight of him. And she'll be married to a creature she finds so frightful that I have to leash her to me with magic to keep her from running away even now.'"
A profound silence fell over the study. . . The goblin King studied her grimly. Then he turned toward Hugh with a philosophical shrug. 'It's not my problem,' he said. 'I have to protect my people. Kate's suffering is the price paid for the goblin race to continue.'"
Oh Marak, I love your practicality!
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