I’m still on hiatus but I already said yes to this blog tour months ago. I would like to thank Wednesday Books for inviting me.
TITLE: The Lost City
BY: Amanda Hocking
SERIES: The Omte Origins #1
GENRE/S: Fantasy, Urban/Paranormal Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLICATION: July 7th, 2020 by Wednesday Books
The Storm and the Orphan
Twenty years ago, a woman sought safety from the spinning ice and darkness that descended upon a small village. She was given shelter for the night by the local innkeepers but in the morning, she disappeared—leaving behind an infant. Now nineteen, Ulla Tulin is ready to find who abandoned her as a baby or why.
The institution and the quest
Ulla knows the answers to her identity and heritage may be found at the Mimirin where scholars dedicate themselves to chronicling troll history. Granted an internship translating old documents, Ulla starts researching her own family lineage with help from her handsome and charming colleague Pan Soriano.
The runaway and the mystery
But then Ulla meets Eliana, a young girl who has no memory of who she is but who possesses otherworldly abilities. When Eliana is pursued and captured by bounty hunters, Ulla and Pan find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where folklore and myth become very real and very deadly—but one that could lead Ulla to the answers she’s been looking for.
When I received the invitation for the blog tour of this book, I thought The Lost City is very promising. It seems a perfect read for me with romance, paranormal creatures, and mystery. The heroine, Ulla Tulin, is an orphan troll and wants nothing but finds her parents, or at least the woman who left her in an inn when she was a baby. There’s this huge mystery surrounding Ulla’s character. Aside from not knowing her parents, she is also of mixed blood troll – Omte and the other is unknown. I found Ulla very persistent and goal-oriented and I admire her for that. Even when arriving in Mimirin gave her more questions than answers, she’s still set to achieve her goal. That made me more interested in learning who she really is.
Ulla’s search for her family introduces me to the rich fictional world of Trylle, and wow, I can say that the author has a very rich imagination. It was nice to learn about the world, the different races of trolls and as the title implies, the lost city. My only issue with it is the info-dumping. In every name, date, fictional creature and animals, and foreign/old term mentioned, paragraphs of history and background follow. By the way, this book is a part of a spinoff series of another series, Trylle, and I won’t bother telling you more about the original series. I didn’t bother reading it first before this because I believe that even if this is a spinoff, it should be able to provide just ENOUGH background to stand on its own and for me to enjoy it.
That said, I really wished the info-dumping was minimal. It took my enjoyment away because there are times, I felt like I was reading history. I know there’s a reason why everything is mentioned and that they will eventually connect and make sense but getting there is a tedious journey. Another thing, this is in first POV – Ulla’s. And Ulla tells almost everything that happens to her daily. Of course, the story is about her, but still, the flow of the story shouldn’t be almost diary-like.
There are a variety of side-characters. Some of them I liked, such as Elliana who is mentioned in the blurb. But most of them I found flat and under-developed. I wish the story goes more in-depth with the characters’ personalities rather than mostly focusing on their races and their roles in the story. Sure, it was made clear who they are, what race they are, and why they are in the story but I wanted to experience their individual personalities. I would’ve connected to them more. My favorite must be Elliana. She might be one of the best parts of this story and most intriguing. She’s portrayed as an amnesiac and has incredible, unique abilities that weren’t seen by the main characters before. Her naivete, innocence, or whatever you want to call it is very intriguing. She literally doesn’t know most things. For example, she doesn’t know what Earth is. Her character definitely carries most of the mystery in the book. There’s also another character that I will not name who intrigued me, mainly because he’s supposed to be just part of fairytales or myths. Unfortunately, there’s not enough of him in this book but book 2 is very promising regarding this character because that ending involves him.
I also need to talk about the romance. I’m one of those readers who love romance in every book she reads, and so I was excited because The Lost City obviously has a paranormal romance element. Sadly, I found the romance between Pan and Ulla a bit underwhelming. It’s not satisfying and of course, it’s only book 1, but it also didn’t make me excited to see their relationship in the next book.
Despite everything though, The Lost City wrapped up neatly enough, with enough promise of good things and more revelation in the next book.
The Lost City might not be the best first book of a series that I’ve ever read but it’s enough to make me curious about book 2 and the original series.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.
Thank you again, Wednesday Books for inviting me.