Betty Sterling is a common thug with a chip on his shoulder--not surprising since his name is "Beatrice." When Betty is sent to shut down a potions ring, he ends up traveling to the Troll homeland and comes face-to-gaping maw with a dragon. And that's only the beginning! Join Betty, Lilahh, Jewels, Sam, and others as they get to the bottom of a hostile takeover unlike any that has been tried before.
Imagine a world where magic is as common as brushing your teeth. Levitating "?oaters" travel city streets and high-rise buildings employ spell-casters to levitate people up on specially-designed lifts. Wand-slingers and mind-readers abound and humans rub shoulders with tiny elves and massive ogres. Watch your back, guard your mind, and never forget to keep your wand in its sheath.
About the Author
Since 2005, Barry Scott Will has written 20 strategy guides for video games across a wide range of genres. His guides have sold several thousand copies and generated more than ten million hits on Web sites such as GameFAQs. His guides have received high praise from readers and won several awards. “The Long-Lost Troll” is his second novel set in a new type of fantasy world, one where using magic is as common as brushing your teeth. Barry currently resides in Virginia with his wife, three children, and ten video game systems.
Ashton Will (Illustrator)
Besides illustrations for The Long-Lost Troll, Ashton was the cover designer for A Fine Basket of Fish in 2013. His graphic designs are featured for the 2017-2018 season for the Lee-Davis Players. In 2016-2017, his artworks were exhibited in the Lee-Davis High School Art Show. A still life was displayed in the Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent’s office. He has won nearly a dozen awards in the PTA Reflections contest through the years, most recently earning a state-level Award of Merit for Film Production in 2015. His art education began at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts when he was 3 years old; more recently, Cheryl Dillard has been a key mentor. He has also taken a course at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He plans to major in Communication Arts or Illustration with a focus on character design and graphic novelism.
On weekend evenings, Ashton hangs out with his friends in Advance College Academy—in person or via Twitch. He sings and dances in a show choir called Madz, does tech for the Lee-Davis Players and enjoys the Board Games Club.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I've grown older, I've become skeptical of sequels to movies, TV series, and books. Often you just can't recreate the magic from the first, the excitement of meeting the characters. Having said that, I was truly impressed with this sequel. "The Long-Lost Troll" the follow up to "A Fine Basket of Fish" is a great continuation of the Betty Sterling story and makes me rethink my opinion on sequels. I like that the story just begins. We don't need a rehash of what happened, we can go to the first book for that. Thank you to the author for not doing a "last time with Betty Sterling..." intro. Because of the story just picks up and goes it hooks you in and you once again become enthralled in the world Mr. Will has created. It has all the feel of...and I hope the author does not take offense...the Harry Potter world. Yet while the Potter world is in the shadows of the real world, this universe of magic, ogres and trolls is its own; and I like that. His descriptions of events and creatures (some of which I was surprised learn the "reality" of) were detailed and added to the readability of the story. I quickly found myself deep into the story with the first sit-down reading. The story keeps you with its turns and surprises and yet has a simplicity that I can just enjoy it and not have to keep track of every minute detail (though you can if you want). "The Long-Lost Troll" keeps up with the quality of the first book and even for those skeptical of sequels...is a great continuation of Betty Sterling's adventures.
In The Long-Lost Troll, author Barry Will returns to Berea and his adventure-seeking investigator Betty Sterling. Sterling and his troll companion journey to the demesnes of trolls and mountain-dwelling dragons seeking the perpetrators of a potions ring. The world created by Will is both believable enough to have readers think they could easily travel to Fisk and fictional enough to let the reader escape. The world blends the rich tapestries of places imagined by the likes of Tolkien and Rowling into a whole new dimension. Even if you normally do not read sci-fi books about magic, and ogres and men named Betty, the story draws you in from the very first. The author does a fine job of not prolonging descriptions of people and places, leaving just enough on the page for the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks. A great read. A page turner. Certainly worth another read of the first in the series, A Fine Basket of Fish.