Thornghost (Hardcover)

By Tone Almhjell

Dial Books, 9780803738973, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2016

List Price: 16.99*
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Fans of Gregor the Overlander and Five Kingdoms will love this alternate-realm fantasy full of heart-racing action
Strange things are happening around Niklas Summerhill’s home. A green-eyed beast is killing animals in the woods, and the nightmares that have haunted Niklas since his mother died grow more terrifying with every night. When the beast turns out to be a troll brought to life from his own games, Niklas knows he has to stop it. With the help of his lynx companion, Secret, he finds the source of the magic: a portal to another world. But this realm, once the home of peaceful animals, is also in danger. The evil Sparrow King is hunting down the few survivors from a devastating war, and a dark, blood-thirsty plant is infecting the valley. Niklas must try to save both worlds. But first he has to uncover the truth about his mother’s last words: "I’m a Thornghost."
From the author of The Twistrose Key comes a fantasy brimming with intriguing mystery, fast-paced action, and a cast of unforgettable human and animal characters.

About the Author

Tone Almhjell grew up, then quickly un-grew up. In a fit of bravery, she quit her job as a journalist to become a fantasy writer. Almhjell lives in Oslo, Norway, with her two wonderfully stubborn kids.

Praise For Thornghost

Praise for Thornghost

"Almhjell unspools this cryptic mystery with enormous skill." —Kirkus Reviews

"A companion novel to The Twistrose Key, this entry introduces Lin’s friend Niklas Summerhill, a mischievous resident of mountainous Willodale....Almhjell combines an imaginative setting with a modified animal fantasy that feels fresh and intriguing. The setting is equally creative, with leisurely, detailed descriptions. " —School Library Journal

“Inventive . . . Niklas and Secret’s adventures will draw young readers into the novel.” —Booklist

Rave reviews for The Twistrose Key

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

“This jewel of a story will capture your heart and your imagination…Readers should take their time and read with care to fully grasp and decipher the fresh mythology of the land of Sylver. It’ll leave you gasping, laughing, and maybe shedding a tear or two.” —The New York Journal of Books

“Beguiling.” —New York Times Book Review

*“This debut novel will captivate readers…Fantasy that evokes the classics of yore and stands proudly among them.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This debut novel has Narnian charm and troll-fire high adventure. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I hope Tone Almhjell writes many more books for me to fall in love with.” —Erin Bow, author of Plain Kate

“Children entranced by animal tales and in love with snowy fantasy lands will delight in Lin’s magical journey and triumphant determination.” —Booklist
“Her story feels complete even as the world of Sylver contains enough unexplored territory to invite subsequent volumes.” —Publishers Weekly