As usual, this set of books was one which Sinéad thought she liked the look of. She sent me a picture of the first one, although the cover was slightly different to in this image (pink highlights) and I decided I liked the look of it, too. A story about a changeling? Certainly an interesting one!
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.
The Trylle trilogy, if you look it up online, totes itself as a fantasy book with no werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, or fairies – or something along those lines, I can’t remember the exact wording it used.
I took issue with this, though, because even though the Trylle (and other, related, tribes) are trolls, they may as well be Fair Folk, faeries, elves, pixies, whatever you want to call them – there’s not a lot of difference between tall, good-looking trolls with psycho-kinetic powers and any of the other versions of pixie/fairy/whatever, at the end of the day.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Trylle trilogy – a seemingly normal girl finds herself thrust into a new and supernatural world, where she turns out to be the most special snowflake of all, meet several gorgeous guys, gets herself not into a love triangle, but a love quadrangle, no less, is bullied into various things she doesn’t want to do, and struggles with her new world’s classist system, of which she is at the top.
I had no real complaints about these books – they were, as far as I’m aware, self-published, and thus must’ve been pretty successful to then make it to a multi-million selling trilogy (with film rights optioned, no less).
My main issue with Trylle, through all three books, really, was that they were very forgettable. Wendy isn’t really anything special, although she’s stupidly OP. She has guys falling over her left, right and centre, to the extent that she actually has *three* potential love interests.
Actually, the love interests were one of the more interesting parts of the trilogy – I was really impressed with how that particular plotline was resolved (even if Wendy does seem a bit young for the deep commitments she gets into…) and probably wouldn’t have predicted it. If you’re looking for a refreshing take on a love triangle, this is probably the trilogy for you.
Overall, there’s nothing wrong with the Trylle trilogy – three solid books, each with a relatively distinct story arc, although reading them in quick succession, I have some issues remembering what happened in which book, and pretty solid characters. Loki was certainly my favourite, a strong and entertaining character.
If the trilogy left me feeling a bit ‘meh’ afterwards, perhaps it’s because of how quickly I plough through books, and don’t really leave myself time to get attached to them.
Trylle is a solid example of a fantasy trilogy, with no real disadvantages, but no real standout advantages, either.