By Clare B. Dunkle. New York: Henry
Edited by Reka Simonsen.
Book Two of The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy.
A folklore-based fantasy novel for young adults.
Selected for the 2005 New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age publication.
An ALA 2005 Best Books for Young Adults nominee.
A Junior Library Guild selection.
A 2004 Sonderbooks Stand-Out.
Aschehoug has released a Danish edition translated by Birgitte Brix. The Danish title is Seylins Slaegt. Hardcover and paperback are both available.
A Danish audio edition should be available as well.
"The plot of CLOSE KIN is
intricate, the characters sharply drawn and believable, given
the author's premise of three such disparate races moving
in their own spheres. The relationships between the characters
are skillfully portrayed; this is one of Dunkle's strengths
as a fiction writer. Fantasy-lovers will find CLOSE KIN engrossing
and will be waiting eagerly for Book Three."
—Lorgnette: Heart of Texas Reviews (Highly recommended)
are rich and multifaceted, and readers are able to sympathize
with good and bad. In fact, the characters are shown in such
a light that readers will find that there is no such thing
as solely good or completely bad. Fans of the first book will
not be disappointed, and new readers can easily read this
installment on its own."
—VOYA (4Q 5P: every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday
"As in the first book, nimble
narration and sympathetic characterization involve the reader
from page one. ... While converts to the first book will savor
the development of the tale begun therein, new readers will
wholly enjoy this offering on its own merits, making this
a strong second volume in an original and engrossing fantasy
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Recommended)
"... Both decidedly alien
and strangely romantic at the same time—qualities that
neatly encapsulate the allure of the first two books in the
Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. ... Returning readers will
appreciate the expanded view of a world where human, goblin,
and elf sensibilities interestingly, if not harmoniously,
"...Dunkle paints a
truly different, at times even heartwrenching, portrait of
elves. The ending is sweet, with the expected resolution of
the lovers' misunderstanding, but this is more about
misunderstandings between peoples, and the solutions that
a little understanding can bring."
"This is the second book
in the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, and is best appreciated by
those who have already read the first. ... Fantasy fans,
especially those who have read the first book in the trilogy,
will, however, find this book a must read."
"Clare B. Dunkle spins a sequel to her
THE HOLLOW KINGDOM, which PW called, in a starred review,
'a luminously polished fantasy that starts off strong
and just gets better.' ... [She] broadens the story
of the sisters, ... as Dunkle thrusts readers deeper into
the fascinating psyche of the goblins, dwarves, elves, and
humans that populate her world."
"As in the previous book, the different
characters discover that appearances do not necessarily reflect
inner attributes, but this story delves deeper into examining
the xenophobic attitudes held by the goblins, dwarfs, elves,
and humans. The narrative draws readers into a multifaceted
world of strong, compelling individuals. ... A compelling
saga for fantasy fans."
—School Library Journal
"Emily and Seylin's story is the
frame, but the heart of the book is in the tragic plight of Sable, one
of the last of the elves. ... I love this world that Clare Dunkle has
created, where sometimes the ugly ones are the ones with compassion, and
the ones who value beauty act in ways that are horribly ugly. ... Highly
recommended for both teens and adults—anyone who likes a good story."