The Lost City is a fun, engaging novel kicking of The Omte Origins series.
Ulla (half-human/half-troll) has earned an internship in Mimirin taking her from her country home. Or what she has called home for many years: she had been left by a woman who might or might not be her mother and raised by strangers. Ulla believes this internship with help her find out more about her family but when she gets there things get more complicated. She has to babysit her adopted sister as well as a troll who has memory loss. Her story becomes wrapped in this girl’s, and Ulla faces danger and questions she could have never imagined.
I enjoyed the novel. I loved the troll world and it coexists with the human world. I loved Ulla and how she looked like a troll no some beautiful superhuman. Her story of trying to find her family is compelling and I was on her side the entire time.
The story is light-hearted and not overly dark. It’s an easy read. It is a great true YA read while also entertaining adults. There is a weird seemingly required love triangle that I didn’t like but overall the story is interesting and compelling.
While this is an offshoot of another series, it stands on its own. When I first started I had no idea there were other stories. As I got about halfway in, something in the back of my head was telling me I was missing something. I couldn’t put my finger on why I felt I should have read the others first. While I feel that way personally, overall it’s an easy introduction to the world and, for newbies like me, gets people interested in the other novels.
I didn’t get the title and its importance to this specific section of the story. They mention a lost city here and there but it didn’t push the story forward and really only mattered at the end.
All that being said this is a fun story and I would encourage fantasy fans who like their stories on the lighter side to read it. I, personally, am going to be looking into the books that came before because I enjoyed this so much.
A note if you read on e-book: this is one of those that ends at 90 percent and has several post scripts sections. This isn’t a flaw of the book just a heads up as I hate getting that far and then the book “suddenly” ends.
Publication Date: July 7
I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.