I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lost City by Amanda Hocking
Series: The Omte Origins #1
Published by Wednesday Books on July 7, 2020
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Source: the publisher
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New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Lost City, the first book in the final Trylle arc.
Nestled along the bluffs of the forested coast lays the secret kingdom of the Omte—a realm filled with wonder…and as many secrets.
Ulla Tulin was left abandoned in an isolated Kanin city as a baby, taken in by strangers and raised hidden away like many of the trolls of mixed blood. Even knowing this truth, she’s never stopped wondering about her family.
When Ulla is offered an internship working alongside the handsome Pan Soriano at the Mimirin, a prestigious institution, she jumps at the chance to use this opportunity to hopefully find her parents. All she wants is to focus on her job and the search for her parents, but all of her attempts to find them are blocked when she learns her mother may be connected to the Omte royal family.
With little progress made, Ulla and Pan soon find themselves wrapped up in helping Eliana, an amnestic girl with abilities unlike any they have ever seen before—a girl who seems to be running from something. To figure out who she is they must leave the city, and possibly, along the way, they may learn more about Ulla’s parents.
Of course when I saw this, I had to pick it up because I loved the first two series that go with this, the Trylle which began with Switched, and the Kanin Chronicles which began with Frostfire. I didn’t really remember Ulla that much from the Kanin Chronicles, but I remembered the family she was a nanny for of course. But I loved being dumped back into this world that the author created and really enjoyed all the new folklore and things about different types of trolls that we learned. I did learn that I might be part troll, because I also hate wearing shoes. It was definitely interesting to have the author kind of use the whole different color hair trend that has been going around, one that I participated in with pinks and purples and blues a couple years ago, to describe some of the characters in the book. The aspect of being part of a museum type of situation for Ulla as well as the whole science lab aspect that her roommate Dagny worked in really was kind of a combination of two things I could see as jobs I’d love. Having the stowaway and then their new guest Eliana really added to the story and made Ulla’s time in the new city pass by quickly. Although to be fair, it was really only a few weeks. I have to say how glad I am to already have the second book to read. Because even though it wasn’t a HUGE cliffhanger, I am definitely eager to read on and find out what did happen and what Ulla’s past may actually be.
If you have enjoyed the other books in the series, you will enjoy this one. And honestly, you can read this series without having read those, but you’ll want to go back and read them when you can. I also like how the author gives us all the info on the different troll tribes at the end, as well as a glossary.