The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1)

The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1)

by Clare B. Dunkle
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The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1) by Clare B. Dunkle

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805081084
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Series: Hollow Kingdom Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 258,205
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 750L (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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The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I found this book in my local library when I was a teen and I fell in love with the story and the world. For years, I tried looking for a hard copy in bookstores, but was unable to find it. Now that it is on nook, I have bought it and read it about a million times. I love it to bits and you probably will too; if you love goblins and elves and magic.
HavenC More than 1 year ago
This Novel never gets old. I have re-read it at least 7 times and I still love every bit of it. My favorite Character was,of course, Marak. His personality and how he speaks to Kate is so wonderful that I wish I was whisked away by him...I wouldn't even mind how he looks ;] The only probably I had with it was the ending. It seemed like it was too cut off...I would have love for more of a description but, I'm also glad she didn't really describe what happened at the end ...I am sure I would have cried.
Mandalina_Smith More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book yet, but I found it a year ago when I was first gettimg hooked on Labyrinth. I never truelly relised how similar the stories were until I read the decription here, and all the brief summaries in the book's reviews. As fars as fae stories go, this seems like one that is very authentic. No sweet smiles and gossamar wings, and the happily ever after (if there even is one) likely doesn't occure easily. To anyone who gave this book good reviews, you must see Labyrinth the movie, starring David Bowie, if you haven't already. - Mandalina Sanderson, Member of the Underground and Friend of the Goblin King
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit, I was a little skeptical at first, this book starts at good and just gets better! I couldn't allow myself to put it down, I kept telling myself, "at the end of this chapter" and it just never happened. And when I did put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again! I reccomend it highly, especially if you're interested in the high art of fantasy, with the perfect ammount of romance. Clare B. Dunkle added just the right ammount of everything, it was so realistic, I felt like I was standing right next to Kate the entire time! It's a great book, I read it twice in a row!
Angieville More than 1 year ago
Kate and her younger sister Emily arrive at Hallow Hill in search of a new home. Recently orphaned, the two sisters have inherited the estate and come to live with their two muzzle-headed great aunts and their one creeperiffic guardian. The girls take to the new surroundings immediately, but soon after moving in Kate starts to feel like she's being watched. One night while out walking she is actually followed home by a mysterious hooded stranger on horseback. The stranger turns out to be the goblin king Marak. Every goblin king must steal a human bride and bring her home to the kingdom under the hill to live forever, never to see the sun or stars again. Once he sets his sights on Kate, Marak assures her it is only a matter of time til she is his. Kate manages to keep an admirably stiff upper lip, under the circumstances, and resolves to outwit the goblin king and remain above ground. Unfortunately, she is forced to reconsider when her sister is kidnapped and she is sure the Marak is behind it. In a wonderful reversal of expectations, Kate (of her own free will and choice) gains entrance to the goblin court and agrees to marry the king if he will release her sister.

THE HOLLOW KINGDOM is completely enchanting. It was the characters that won me over. Kate is a strong, thoughtful heroine and her sister Emily provides a good bit of comic relief as she is interested in absolutely everything. The prospect of spending the rest of her life among goblins strikes terror in Kate's heart, but sends Emily into raptures. What an adventure! But then it's not Emily who has to marry one of the ugly creatures. Which brings us to Marak. And Marak is an enigma. Crafty and cunning, he delights in attempting to capture his chosen bride and force her to do his will. Yet he is not without sympathy. He rushes to his wife's defense at any slight and, even as he laughs at her discomfort, he tries to make her more at home in his underground world. It's a surprising and lovely story and I recommend it for an evening autumn read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book several times over the years and no matter how old I get, it's still one of my favorites! I mean, how can you not love Marak?! The characters are so believable and the writing style fits the story perfectly. I definitely highly recommend this book if you like the YA/fantasy genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is spell-binding. It is engrossing and cant be missed. You should read the trilogy (this is the first book). I love it.
Tarnisis More than 1 year ago
This book was a pure work of art! I loved every second of it, and couldn't put it down. I had never thought of Goblins in this sense before, and it opened my eyes to a whole new fantasy creature I had never truly considered. For any true fantasy fan, this is most definitely a must read! I give this a thumbs up, and a 5 star rating, easily. I would give it more if I could!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Move aside Twilight, step back Eragon, make room-well, you get the point. The Hollow Kingdom books, especially the first novel, is by far the best in teen fiction. Dunkle's writing is supurb, all the characters are engaging and memorable, the sheer imagination put into it is fantastic. Adventure, animals, romance, dark turns, humor, there is something in it for all. I read this triology every year and love it all the more each time. The only disappointment in reading this book, is that it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was beautifully written and captured the reader early. Kate is the clever, intuitive girl who will do anything to protect the ones she loves. While her sister, Emily, is overly optimistic and, even though she cares deeply for her sister, is more often or not in her own world. Decipt, betrayal, and love all have a powerful part in this story, I hope that you enjoy this story just as much as did!
WordWhimsy More than 1 year ago
Another one of my most favorite trilogies!!! This book takes on the dark and largely biased world of goblins. Literature has always portrayed them as evil, ugly, stupid creatures but obviously Clare B. Dunkle thinks otherwise. The Hollow Kingdom goblins are intelligent and friendly creatures that are ruled by a Goblin King (Marak) who possesses incredible magic. The goblins once lived in a a world of elves but this race was eradicated by war and now all they have is the dwarves. You'll fall in love with Marak, the goblin king, Kate, a human/elf, who is soon to be the goblin queen (she just doesn't know it), Emily, Kate's spunky, curious, and fun-loving little sister, Seylin, a magical goblin/elf cross boy with a tendency to turn into a cat, and countless other creatures. The romance in this book is surprising but one of the main reasons the book is so good! It's a must read.... Again and again and again!!!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
43. The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle Two young sisters, Kate and Emily, have recently moved back to be raised at the family estate by their new guardian. They don't realize that their new home is near the goblin lands and soon the goblin king takes a special interest in Kate and Emily. The two girls use all their wits try and escape from the clutched, succeeding time and time again. But a strange twist of events, that the goblins weren't even part of, eventually lures the girls back into the reach of the goblin king. I really enjoyed both Kate and Emily. There were smart and inventive in their ways to avoid the king. They learn to trust and rely on each other. The king himself, Marak, is quite a character. While he is supposed to be evil and mean...the bad guy.. I couldn't help but like him. The king's subjects are quite the variety and are fascinating to read about as well. 4/5
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Yuki515 More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year, so I am not entirely familiar with all the details! However, this book was one of the best gothic-like romances and fantasy romances I have ever read. I was constantly kept on the edge of my seat and couldn't put it down once I picked it up! Clare B. Dunkle made the characters and the whole essence of the book so real that I felt like I was really in the book and experiencing what they were. I still haven't been able to read or find the second and third book, but I am sure that they are just as good as the first! I hope everyone who reads this will enjoy it as much as I did!
Vera-Iconica More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I have read it many times and enjoyed it every time.
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