The Hollow Kingdom

The Hollow Kingdom

Book I -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

By Clare B. Dunkle

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805073904, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 2003


""She had never screamed before, not when she overturned the rowboat and almost drowned, not even when Lightfoot bucked her off and she felt her leg break underneath her with an agonizing crunch. But now she screamed long and loud, with all her breath.""

Hallow Hill has a strange and tragic history. For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from the estate, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have come to live at Hallow Hill. Brought up in a civilized age, they have no idea of the land's dreadful heritage-until, that is, Marak decides to tell them himself.

Intelligent, pleasant, and completely pitiless, Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be a king-and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom.

"The Hollow Kingdom" is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
Clare B. Dunkle worked for years as a librarian. She lives with her family in Germany. Her first book, "The Hollow Kingdom", won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was named a "Publishers Weekly" "Flying Start," a Bank Street College of Education Best Book, and a Locus Magazine Best YA Book.

Praise For The Hollow Kingdom

"Clare Dunkle brings a fresh new voice 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!"-Lloyd Alexander

A Publishers Weekly "Flying Start"

"[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."--Booklist

"[F]irst time novelist Dunkle turns out a luminously polished fantasy that starts off strong and just gets better. . . .The story line does not slow, offering suspense and plenty of evil to be vanquished. A masterly debut, it will almost certainly leave audiences hoping for more." --Publishers Weekly, starred

"This is an interesting fantasy world with well-realized characters." --School Library Journal

"[A] charming fantasy romance." --Locus