Troll Blood

Troll Blood

by Katherine Langrish


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The dramatic and gripping conclusion to Katherine Langrish’s highly-acclaimed TROLL trilogy.

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ISBN-13: 9780007214884
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 02/11/2011
Series: Troll Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Katherine Langrish is the author of Troll Fell, a New York Public Library "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" book; Troll Mill, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; and Troll Blood. She grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, the hill country of northern England. She graduated with an honors degree in English from the University of London and has been writing stories for most of her life. Katherine currently lives in England with her husband and two daughters.

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Troll Blood

Chapter One

Murder in Vinland

The Mist Persons are busy, crouching on wave-splashed rocks out in the gulf, blowing chilly whiteness over the sea. Their breath rolls like a tide over the beach and the boggy meadowlands near the river mouth, and flows far up the valley, spreading into the dark woods on either side.

A birchbark canoe comes whirling downriver through the wet fog. Kneeling in the prow, Kwimu braces himself against the crosspiece. He lifts a long pole like a lance, ready to fend off rocks. Each bend, each stretch of rapids comes as a surprise. Even the banks are hard to see.

The canoe bucks. Kwimu feels the river hump its back like an animal. The canoe shoots over the hump and goes arrowing into a narrow gorge, where tall cliffs squeeze the water into a mad downhill dash. Spray splashes in, and Fox, curled against his knees, shakes an irritated head. Fox hates getting wet.

A rock! Kwimu jabs the pole, swaying to keep his balance as the canoe swerves lightly away. It hurtles down a sleek slope and goes shivering and bouncing into roaring white water at the bottom. Again and again Kwimu flicks out the pole, striking here and there, turning the canoe between the rocks. Sometimes a whirlpool catches them, trying to hold them back and pull them down, but Kwimu's father, Sinumkw, kneeling behind him, gives a mighty thrust with his paddle and sends them shooting on.

A bend in the river. More rocks. Kwimu throws back his wet hair, every muscle tense. They dart down, twining into the curve, hugging the base of the cliff, where the water is deeper and smoother. It's cold here; the wet, grainystone drips, and the mist writhes in eerie shapes. There's a splash and an echo, and it's not just the paddle. The canoe tilts, veers. Fox springs up snarling, showing his white teeth and black gums, and for a heartbeat Kwimu sees a thin muddy hand clutch at the prow. A head plastered with wet hair rises from the water. It winks at him with an expression of sullen glee, and ducks under.

Cold with shock, Kwimu flings a wild glance back at his father. But Sinumkw simply shouts, "Look what you're doing!" And they're snatched into the next stretch of rapids.

They hurtle into the crosscurrents, Sinumkw paddling grimly. Kwimu thrusts and fends with dripping hair and aching arms until the gorge widens, the cliffs drop back, and the canoe spills out into calm water flowing between high banks covered with trees. On either side, the gray-robed forest rises, fading into mist.

Kwimu twists around, panting. "Did you see?" he bursts out. "Did you see the Water Person—the Grabber-from-Beneath?"

Sinumkw frowns, but says calmly, "I saw nothing but the rocks and the rapids."

"He was there," Kwimu insists. "And Fox saw him too."

His father nods. "Maybe. But if you'd taken your eyes off the water for a moment longer, we'd have capsized. So his trick didn't work. Anyway, well done! That's the worst stretch over. No more rapids between here and the sea. And we'll land here, I think."

He drives his paddle into the water. The canoe pivots toward the shore.

"But I thought we were going all the way down to the sea. Can't we go on in the canoe? It's so much quicker than walking," Kwimu pleads as they lift the canoe out of the water.

"Quicker, yes," says Sinumkw drily. "Speed isn't everything. Just look around. Somebody's been cutting trees." Kwimu looks up in surprise, and his father is right—the bank is littered with chips of yellow wood, and studded with stumps like broken teeth. Piles of lopped branches lie in the trampled undergrowth.

Sinumkw picks up some scattered chips. "These aren't fresh. This was done moons ago, before the winter."

"Who would need so many trees?" Kwimu asks quietly. His scalp prickles. There are Other Persons in the woods. One of them cuts down trees. Sometimes, in lonely parts of the forest, hunters hear the sound of an ax chopping—and a tree comes crashing down, though no one is visible.

But his father is thinking along more practical lines. "See here. They rolled the trunks into the river and floated them downstream. Who did it? It could be enemies: the Kwetejk, perhaps. What if they've built a stockade at the river mouth, in just the spot we want to use?"

"Oh!" Kwimu thinks with a shiver of their fierce rivals from the northwest woods. "What shall we do?"

His father shrugs. "This is why we came, n'kwis, ahead of everyone else, to find the best place for the summer camp, and to look out for danger. Imagine if the whole clan was with us now—grandmothers, babies, cooking gear, and all! No. We'll leave the canoe and come back for it later. We'll circle into the woods and climb the bluffs above the river. We can look down on the bay from there." He turns, setting off on a long uphill slant into the forest.

Kwimu follows. The encircling fog fills the woods with secrets. It's a shape-changer, turning the trees into looming giants that drip and tiptoe and creak and murmur. Anything might lurk there, or stealthily follow them at the edges of sight. But if there was danger, Fox would sense it; Fox would warn them. Reassured by the thought, Kwimu strokes Fox's cold fur, and hurries after his father.

Snow still lingers under the hemlocks and firs, and the buds on the birches aren't open yet. The forest is colorless, black, white, and gray. A dozen paces ahead, Sinumkw climbs silently through the swirls and pockets of vapor, like a ghost passing through world after world.

The woods are full of mysteries. . . .

Grandmother said that yesterday evening, her bright birdlike eyes blinking in her soft wrinkled face. Kwimu thinks of her now, as he trudges uphill under the dripping trees. He can see her in his head, like a little partridge with bright plumage, wrapped in her big beaver-fur cloak with the colored quillwork glinting in the firelight. She's so tiny, but so strong. And she has the Sight. Everyone listens when she speaks.

Troll Blood. Copyright © by Katherine Langrish. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Troll Blood (Troll Trilogy Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Kiran Masroor More than 1 year ago
amazing i loved every moment while i was reading it
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best one yet...I don't really know what to say other than this is a great trilogy that you should definitely check out!
rata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this the final book of the trilogy was the best and tied books 1 & 2 together nicely. I would defintely recommend this trilogy to boys aged 10 -15. Lots of different characters that are described really well with a solid storyline that allows you to feel and live the story. I recommended this trilogy to the kids at achool and they have really enjoyed it, interestingly enough girls and boys alike.
Ameliaiif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am seriously not exaggerating when I say that the Troll Trilogy is one of the greatest series I have ever read ¿ and I¿ve read a lot of books. Within the series, readers are given hearty doses of fantasy, folklore, history, and culture of not one but two civilizations: the Vikings of 10th century Norway and the Native Ameri--er, Canadians. It delivered on action, suspense, romance, and a little bit of comedy, too. The direction of the third (and final) book in the trilogy completely changes directions from the other two; instead of the familiar fells and surrounding areas of Norway, our characters are now part of an expedition to a whole new world (North America, in other words). Apparently, good ol¿ Christopher Columbus wasn¿t the first European to reach North America ¿ the Vikings made it over about 500 years earlier, and from this piece of history, an amazing story unfolds. Troll Blood reads a little more like a historical fiction story with fantastical elements added it. I may have my terminology all wrong, but it reminds me of an MG ¿magical realism¿ story: there¿s magic involved, but it¿s placed in a very normal context, not overt in tone like some of your other fantasy series books. I found that really refreshing after reading so many overtly magical stories.Plot: Like I said, this book takes the series in a different direction, and what an exciting story emerged! By removing the characters from their familiar environment, the story that develops has a bit of a suspense edge to it ¿ you truly have no idea what¿s going to happen next, because so many elements have changed. There seem to be 3 plots that unfold over the course of the story: Peer, Hilde, and Company¿s expedition across the sea and everything that develops with them; the characters in Vinland and their interactions with their visitors; and finally, the emotional and psychological development of the main characters. Peer and Hilde don¿t just have a physical journey ¿ they embark on an emotional one, too. Frequently I found myself marveling at how much action had taken place over the course of the series, beginning with Troll Fell. With each book, the plot got a little darker and a little more involved, which was a really cool progression and one that is no doubt easier said than done. I think it¿s so cool how Ms. Langrish was able to progress her story so smoothly without getting too over-the-top or too mature. Books nowadays are either really superficial or have-a-meltdown- serious and thematic. So bravo for giving us great stories that amplify over the course of the series! Characters: Peer and Hilde change so much from 12 year olds to 16 year olds, and yet they retain the same personalities and characteristics that made me love them in the first place. I love romantic storylines that are done right ¿ and ones that aren¿t the main focus of the story. It was so sweet to read about Peer and Hilde struggle with their feelings, but it was very refreshing to have more going on in the story, too. And all of the new characters were very strong and well-thought out. I personally couldn¿t help but like Harald, even though he¿s totally wicked! Hmm, maybe he¿s one of Draco Malfoy¿s ancestors? And Astrid, the reluctant wife of a Viking explorer with a few skeletons in her closet, was such an interesting character, too. I thought I had her all figured out, but boy was I wrong! Ending: I tag on this category for series-enders ¿ it¿s a chance for me to hurrah or whine about how a series was wrapped up. I love closure, but too much closure and I think you lose some of the intrigue of the story that you had during your reading experience. I felt like Troll Blood gave me enough closure but also left a window open for me to fantasize a bit! The last few chapters of Troll Blood were just incredible ¿ lots of action, lots of excitement, and a few ¿no way!¿ outbursts. You just have to read this for yourself! Amelialand Rating:V: There¿s more action
KamTonnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A longship comes through the fjord, bringing crusty Gunnar and his crew of Vikings to sleepy little Trollsvik. When Gunnar¿s young wife asks Hilde to accompany them on their voyage to Vinland, she is determined to exchange her routine life for this rare opportunity. Less adventurous Peer cannot bear to be left behind to worry about Hilde on a dangerous voyage, so he volunteers to come along. Over time, both learn that their captain and his dashing but cruel son Harald are shadowed by secrets and ghosts from the past.Troll Blood is a charming and sometimes heart-stopping adventure with complex and compelling characters. Peer is a good-hearted young man trying to do what is right while at the mercy of the more powerful and cruel people around him. He treats Hilde as an equal, respecting her bravery and independence, and struggles to find an opportunity to express his true feelings for her. Throughout the story, characters are given a complexity that gives them depth and realism.Langrish uses rich descriptions that bring the world of her story to life: houses, the sea, the ship -- all are alive and active. In addition, the world is populated with intriguing and sometimes horrible creatures of both Norse and Native American folklore. The Nis is a delightful example of a house spirit: clever in its own way, quick to pout and easy to flatter, helpful when treated well but mischievous if not. The Spreaders and the jenu of Vinland are terrifying. The tiny wiklatmu¿jk of the shore are fascinating.Langrish excels at revealing the direction of the story gradually, giving the reader enough hints to be able to guess where she is heading. She then surprises us with how she actually gets there. This makes for a very satisfying read. Although Troll Blood is described as the final novel of a trilogy, readers can only hope that Langrish will be inspired to give us more stories of Peer and Hilde and their intriguing and often dangerous world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine. You know what i hated you anyway i only choosed you as a life mate so i can kick you out of my pack! I never loved you. So GOODBYE B?I?T?C?H? anf i killed our pups because i didnt want you anymore.
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Teleports to camp. Confused.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was bored so i did that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I choose demolitions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is demolitions blowinf stuff up? Cuz I want that.