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Although Danr's mother was human, his father was one of the hated Stane, a troll from the mountains. Now Danr has nothing to look forward to but a life of disapproval and mistrust, answering to "Trollboy" and condemned to hard labor on a farm.
Until, without warning, strange creatures come down from the mountains to attack the village. Spirits walk the land, terrifying the living. Trolls creep out from under the mountain, provoking war with the elves. And Death herself calls upon Danr to set things right.
At Death's insistence, Danr heads out to find the Iron Axe, the weapon that sundered the continent a thousand years ago. Together with unlikely companions, Danr will brave fantastic and dangerous creatures to find a weapon that could save the world--or destroy it.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Harper (The Clockwork Empire) begins the Books of Blood and Iron series with an exciting and somewhat unusual quest. Danr, half human and half troll, is a thrall, mired in servitude and misery. His only friend is Aisa, a human slave who still feels the potent draw of her elven former master. When an earl’s son threatens Aisa, Danr defends her and nearly kills the man, and the two friends are banished from human realms. They seek out the trolls and are given two quests: one by the troll queen, and one by Death itself. Turning common tropes on their heads, Harper portrays orcs as valiant warriors and elves as despicable slavers. His reinterpretations of trolls, giants, and fae folk give this series opener a fresh feeling, while his nods to Norse mythology and folklore root it strongly in fantasy tradition. Readers will be eager to see what’s in store for Aisa and Danr. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Jan.)