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by Olaf Moriarty Solstrand
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Release Date: September 2016

Gunhild is a private in the Royal Army. She’s headstrong and reckless, but she’s also the best troll hunter in the country, and when a troll gets away with a national treasure, she’s the only person with any chance of getting it back.

Kirabo was on his way home to Aberash after a fulfilled research mission, but he managed to enter the wrong coordinates into his spaceship. Now he and his PA robot are stranded on a far-off planet, and they don’t have enough fuel to get back home.

As genres collide on Troll Island, Earth, the troll hunter and the space explorer have to overcome their differences and work together if they want to survive this fairytale.

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Olaf Moriarty Solstrand (1982-) is a Norwegian writer and librarian, currently living in Ski, Akershus with two lovebirds, one wife and a hyperactive Twitter account.

Since 2001, he has written scripts for more than sixty Donald Duck comics, and his stories have been published in 29 countries. His first novel, Trolløya, was self-published in 2013.

In 2010 he received the Raptus Award for the work he’s done for Norwegian comics.

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***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

What’s Good: the premise is excellent- two divorced parents spinning their daughter a bedtime story.  Mom starts it off but ends on a cliffhanger since Ylva is going over to Dad’s so has to take over the next night and they begin collaborating to craft a better tale and end up rebuilding a few bridges in the process.  Their exchanges with each other in-between chapters were a nice touch.

Gunhild, Kirabo & RJ- Kirabo’s PA robot- were an interesting trio, particularly Kirabo & RJ.  Their bickering kinda reminded me of R2D2 & C3PO- always getting on each other’s nerves but utterly devoted to each other.

The story is pretty fast-paced and you’ll have no trouble diving right into it.  As things progress there’s a surprising amount of depth that’s revealed.

What’s Bad: very little.  Felt a little too simple and straight-forward at times; had to remind myself it’s a child’s bedtime story and settle in for the ride.  There’s an entire chapter of the book where a character is tortured for information; wasn’t expecting it and found it to be out of place for a bedtime story.

What’s Left: a pretty entertaining tale that even older audiences will find something to like about it.  Nice job by the author.

4/5 stars

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