Close Kin: Book II -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

Close Kin: Book II -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

by Clare B. Dunkle

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Overview

Clare Dunkle's acclaimed fantasy trilogy— now available in paperback

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 . . .

So begins the award-winning Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. Now in paperback, these editions welcome a whole new audience to the magical realm that Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander calls "as persuasive as it is remarkable."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805081091
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: Hollow Kingdom Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 269,287
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Clare B. Dunkle is also the author of By These Ten Bones. A native of north Texas, she and her family currently live in Germany.

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Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
CLOSE KIN is the second book in Clare B. Dunkle's Hollow Kingdom trilogy. It takes place around five years after THE HOLLOW KINGDOM and follows Kate's younger sister Emily. Or at least it seems to. Where THE HOLLOW KINGDOM stuck pretty closely to Kate's story, CLOSE KIN jumps around a fair bit, splitting its time three different ways as it traces the paths of Emily, her friend and would-be suitor Seylin, and an extremely unhappy elf named Sable.

When Emily fails to take Seylin's romantic advances seriously, half goblin/half elf Seylin informs the Goblin King he is leaving to search out his other heritage and see if he can find any elves who managed to survive the last goblin harrowing. He does, in fact, come across a rather feral group of elves but, having suffered much in the name of mere survival, they are barely recognizable as the beautiful, carefree creatures Seylin dreamt of. Among this group is a young woman named Sable who, to avoid being forced into an unwanted marriage, sliced her perfect face to ribbons and who now occupies a position lower than slave. Meanwhile, once Emily finds out Seylin has gone for good she immediately sets out on a quest of her own to bring the poor boy back home and attempt to sort out her feelings for him. Most likely in that order. All of this is, naturally, being overseen by the affectionate, if somewhat insufferably know-it-all, Marak.

This book suffered from a fairly uneven approach to the telling of the story. The narrative jumped from Seylin, to Emily, to Sable sometimes within the space of a few sentences and it was a bit jarring to try to figure out whose perspective I was getting from moment to moment. I was also not as enamored of Emily as I was of her sister Kate in the first book, which made it a bit difficult to really care whether or not she set herself straight and found her way to happiness. Sable, on the other hand, I liked quite a bit and it was both painful and comforting to watch her learn to trust others for probably the first time in her dismal life, and to accept that some helping hands are extended in precisely the spirit of kindness they claim to be. My favorite scenes were any scenes Marak was in and he continues to be my favorite thing about these books. It was good to see that he and Kate were well and happy and as suited to each other as I thought they were. I look forward to the final volume in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book two of the Hollow Kingdom trilogy focuses on Kate¿s more boisterous sister Emily who has unwittingly rejected her childhood companion¿s marriage proposal ¿ Seylin, a goblin who looks like an elf. Emily tries to undo the damage by venturing out into the human world to convince him to come home. Seylin meanwhile manages to find a band of elves that no one knew even existed ¿ even though they are not what anyone imagined: they are dirty, mean spirited and almost devoid of magic. The goblin King Marak intelligently tries to capture the elves to become brides for his subjects but old fears and prejudices are awakened and must be controlled before old wars begin anew.Loved it, loved it! And now we're off to read number 3... yipee!
jenniferann0711 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I randomly picked up this book (and the other two books in the series) from my local public library, only for it to sit on my shelf until about a week before it was due. I had several other books waiting that I thought I was going to enjoy more, but boy was I wrong.When I picked this book up, I literally did not put it (or the two other books in the series) down unless I needed to or and sleep. It took me less than two days to get through the whole series, and I enjoyed every moment of it.Book two in the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy follows the story of Emily, the sister of Kate who is also the wife of Marak, the King of the Goblins. Emily has always loved the Goblin Kingdom and has grown up there since her sister traded her freedom for the sake of her younger sister. As a child, Emily was best-friends with a goblin named Seylin, whose feelings for Emily continued to grow as she came of age. When Seylin decided to voice those feelings, Emily, who was distracted at the time, inadvertently rejects Seylin.Fresh from the pain of rejection, Seylin decides to leave the goblin Kingdom in search of those who more closely resemble his looks. After she realizes what she has done, Emily leaves in search of the Goblin she now realizes she loves.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed with this sequel although young tweeners (the target age range for this book) would probably still enjoy it. All the adventure, the suspense, the strong female protagonist - all the things that caused me to give The Hollow Kingdom a five star rating were missing from this sequel. This book was more character driven than the previous but unfortunately none of the very abundant characters was ever allowed to develop sufficiently to make the reader care anything about them.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We met the sisters Kate and Emily in the first book, Hollow Kingdom. Their life since the joining Goblin society has been "uneventful." They both have their jobs to do, although those jobs would seem strange to most humans, and have made a place for themselves in the underground kingdom. However, Emily is getting older, and as a human woman, the Goblin King is not so patiently waiting to see which of his subjects she will choose to marry. Everything goes a little crazy when Seylin, a friend Emily made in the first book, proposes and Emily doesn't even realize it! Completely offended and heartbroken, Seylin leaves the kingdom to try and find his ancestors, the elves. Once Emily realizes that Seylin has left and what she did to him, she sets off to find him and bring him back.I still love Emily's character and I really wish we had seen more of her in this book. From the description, I thought it would be about half about her and half about Seylin. While Seylin was very heavily featured, Emily really lagged behind in coverage. Seylin is a very interesting character, but I didn't see him really grow or develop much here. I'm afraid that the second book in The Hollow Kingdom just isn't quite as good as the first, which is a trait I find quite often in series. I'm still going to try and read the third, but it will have to wait until I get some extra spending money.3/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel suffers from middle child syndrome. It lacks much of the sparkle of the first and third books due to the predictable and mind-numbing romance that takes up much of the page space. It was obvious in the first book that Seylin and Emily would end up together. There was no need to have them play the angst lovers in this one. It's particularly unfortunate since it took away time that could have been spent on Sable and her band, which were far more tragically engaging and would have provided the more interesting story. Overall, this novel was a mess with a weak structure and a nonexistent conclusion.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
We met the sisters Kate and Emily in the first book, Hollow Kingdom. Their life since the joining Goblin society has been "uneventful." They both have their jobs to do, although those jobs would seem strange to most humans, and have made a place for themselves in the underground kingdom. However, Emily is getting older, and as a human woman, the Goblin King is not so patiently waiting to see which of his subjects she will choose to marry. Everything goes a little crazy when Seylin, a friend Emily made in the first book, proposes and Emily doesn't even realize it! Completely offended and heartbroken, Seylin leaves the kingdom to try and find his ancestors, the elves. Once Emily realizes that Seylin has left and what she did to him, she sets off to find him and bring him back. I still love Emily's character and I really wish we had seen more of her in this book. From the description, I thought it would be about half about her and half about Seylin. While Seylin was very heavily featured, Emily really lagged behind in coverage. Seylin is a very interesting character, but I didn't see him really grow or develop much here. I'm afraid that the second book in The Hollow Kingdom just isn't quite as good as the first, which is a trait I find quite often in series. I'm still going to try and read the third, but it will have to wait until I get some extra spending money. 3/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle. I myself found it as riveting as the first. Action-packed, with the perfect amount of romance. It's thrilling, and makes you feel as if you yourself are standing next to the character. It's a great book and even if you don't read, or even like, that much fantasy, this book has just the right amount of everything, cleverly written, it keeps you reading until you finish the book, unable to put it down, you continually tell yourself, "just one more page, just one more.." until you find yourself at the end. Once you come to the last page, you immediately feel a little sad, because your not ready to be done, I read every book in this series twice in a row, because I wasn't ready to be finished, I wanted to keep reading, that's how cleverly crafted this book is. I really reccommend this book to all age groups!
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Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
Rich in culture, alluring and wonderful
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in the series a while ago and was finally able to get this one. Dunkle is such a talented writer. Her words and paragraphs just flow into the next so nicely. But nothing happened in this book. It was very slow moving and there was no action. I liked the suttle romance about it, but besides that, there was nothing else. It was especially slow when the history was being explained. And even though its not my favorite series, I still love this it. It's perfect for any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and possibly even better than the first. I love Emily and think she's a good main character, but I love reading things from Seylin's point of view as well. If you liked The Hollow Kingdom you should know this one is very similar but in this one elves play a big part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
`Close Kin¿ is a book written by Clare B. Dunkle. .It is about a young girl who sacrificed her freedom to stay with her sister in the goblin kingdom, but sets off to find the man she has hurt. It is a very inspirational story about how a few words can lead a close one to leave. The main character in this story is a girl named Emily, or Em. She is very stubborn and doesn¿t always know that what she says hurts. Once Emily told Seylin, her friend who had just proposed, `¿I certainly wouldn¿t marry you,¿ declared the wrathful Emily. ¿Not if you were the last goblin on earth.¿¿ She was angry but Seylin believed and set off on a journey. Emily is sent off on a journey of her own to seek `humanly nature¿. What is really driving her is that she wants to find Seylin, apologize, and ask him to marry her. She hates being bossed around and always tries to make it appear that she is good at everything easily, yet she really tries. `Day after day she ignored the lessons, reading her book during class. She never did any assignments or turned in the homework. But she earned a perfect score on all of Ruby¿s fabulously hard tests. None of the goblins ever managed that. Only Seylin even came close.¿ Yet Emily remarks later: `¿I studied and studied to earn all the perfect test scores. I did the homework, too, but I made sure nobody ever found out.¿¿ Emily is a young English girl who has decided to go down to the Goblin Kingdom with her older sister, Kate, who is currently the Kings Wife. Her best friend Seylin proposes marriage to her, but Emily thinks that he was just being rude. `¿Rude? I¿m rude? You never even listen to me, but that¿s not rude.¿¿ Seylin once yelled at Emily. He goes off to live with elves, leaving Em to learn her mistake and go on a journey to find him. She meets many diversions, including having to go with her old hated teacher Ruby, finding a goblin and two baby twins, and the fact that she has no sense of direction. Em finally finds Seylin, and they are married. They settle down in the goblin kingdom. This story is taken place when everything in England was proper. ` ¿I¿m going to take you to London. There¿s bound to be something in that hodgepodge of a place to impress you.¿¿ Just Emily¿s language suggests that this was an earlier time period. She also mentions London, and in the first book, it mentions that she and her sister used to live in a manor with their uncle and got around by carriages. The plot was stunning and contained many twists and turns on which both Seylin and Emily had to face. Emily was well written and a reader could tell that Emily was always determined to get her way. She worked in well with the other characters and with the plot, making sure that all of the characters learned a valuable lesson in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of the hollow kingdoms book my friend and i read them in day. it's such an interesting world, the conflict keeps you interested its such a page turner, i absolutle love this book