By Clare B. Dunkle. New York: Henry
Edited by Reka Simonsen.
Book One of The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy.
A folklore-based fantasy novel for young adults.
WINNER of the 2004 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, which "...honors books for younger readers (from 'Young Adults' to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia."
An ALA 2005 Best Book for Young Adults.
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.
A 2005-2006 South Carolina Book Awards nominee.
A Publishers Weekly Flying Start honoree.
A Junior Library Guild selection.
A 2004 Sonderbooks Stand-Out.
Listed in "The Best YA Books of 2003" by Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field.
Aschehoug has released a Danish edition translated by Birgitte Brix. The Danish title is Det Skjulte Rige. Hardcover and paperback are both available.
A Danish audio edition should be available now as well.
has released an unabridged audiocassette edition:
A VOYA 2005 A+ Audiobook.
"This is a fine recording of a solid adventure fantasy."
—School Library Journal
"A stellar performance of a winning novel."
—Kliatt Review (Rating: exceptional)
"... First novelist Dunkle turns out a luminously
polished fantasy that starts off strong and just gets better.
... A keen romantic tension builds between Marak and Kate,
who move, credibly and engrossingly, from the roles of predator
and prey to inhabiting positions of peers. ... A masterly
debut, it will almost certainly leave audiences hoping for
—Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
"Calling to mind
aspects of Persephone as well as Beauty and the Beast, Dunkle
develops her characters in such a way that readers sympathize
not only with the sisters but also with the Goblin King and
his subjects. ... Once fantasy fans begin this story, they
will be unable to put it down."
—VOYA (5Q: Hard to imagine it being better written)
"Drawing on everything
from Christina Rossetti's, 'Goblin Market'
to the classic fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'
the book is a fascinating, can't-put-it-down ride into
the unknown. ... Equally as adept at characters as she
is at descriptions, Dunkle weaves a delicate multi-layered
tale. ... Readers will certainly look forward to other books
in this 'Hollow Kingdom' series. It's well
worth the reading."
"Kate is a wispy blonde with
a backbone of steel and Marak is an ironic monster with oddly tender sentiments.
The author takes the fairy-tale idea of equating beauty with goodness
(and wispiness with frailty) and turns it on its head, while offering
(for the era) a 'shockingly overeducated' protagonist who
is able, through her own intelligence, to come to terms with the consequences—and
rewards—of her own endeavors. Smooth writing and clever dialogue
spark the action and make this an unusually wry look at the fantasy world
beneath the ground."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"All seems poised
for clever Kate to outmaneuver the villain, but the seemingly
conventional setup gives way to something far more intriguing.
... This is a fresh, powerful twist on the Beauty-and-the-Beast
theme, and the impact of Dunkle's evocative storytelling
lingers long after the final page."
"A tale that will captivate
fantasy lovers. ... Yes, a goblin is the hero (or is he?) of the story—but
a hero unlike any in the fairy tales. His underground kingdom is a richly
imagined Neverland. ... This is [the author's] first novel; we must
hope it is not her last."
—Lorgnette: Heart of Texas Reviews
"By turns, beautiful and horrifying.
... For the girl who loves fantasy and is beginning to wonder about love,
this story will take her on a fascinating journey."
"You just gotta love Disney.
And if you do, you will love Clare Dunkle, too. ... This magical romance
... portrays the power of an open mind and the ability to surpass all
biases in life."
"An amusing story of a difficult
romance ... with a spirited heroine, a wicked guardian, a repulsive suitor,
and a lot of colorful goblin folk who finally teach Kate that the real
monsters don't necessarily look weird"
intelligent story with a likable, believable main character and a good
dose of otherworldly magic ... The Hollow Kingdom is a rich and worthwhile
read, at times frightening, at others warm but always entertaining."
"This is an interesting fantasy world
with well-realized characters. ... Marak ... definitely comes across as
something other than human. ... Kate is surely a heroine to be reckoned
with, and girls will relate to her predicament."
—School Library Journal
is an amazing tale for a first novel, ... incredibly detailed, ... remarkable
depth. Don't start this book if you've got somewhere else
to be in the next few hours because you won't want to put it down."
—Smart Writers Journal
"Clare Dunkle brings a fresh new voice and a fresh new vision to
the high art of fantasy. She creates a world filled with intense
excitement, terror, beauty, and love—a world as persuasive
as it is remarkable. Splendid!"