Book Review: The Lost City by Amanda Hawking

Title: The Lost City
By: Amanda Hocking
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Release Date: July 7th, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Lost City, the first book in the final Trylle arc.

Nestled along the bluffs of the forested coast lays the secret kingdom of the Omte—a realm filled with wonder...and as many secrets.

Ulla Tulin was left abandoned in an isolated Kanin city as a baby, taken in by strangers and raised hidden away like many of the trolls of mixed blood. Even knowing this truth, she’s never stopped wondering about her family.

When Ulla is offered an internship working alongside the handsome Pan Soriano at the Mimirin, a prestigious institution, she jumps at the chance to use this opportunity to hopefully find her parents. All she wants is to focus on her job and the search for her parents, but all of her attempts to find them are blocked when she learns her mother may be connected to the Omte royal family.

With little progress made, Ulla and Pan soon find themselves wrapped up in helping Eliana, an amnestic girl with abilities unlike any they have ever seen before—a girl who seems to be running from something. To figure out who she is they must leave the city, and possibly, along the way, they may learn more about Ulla’s parents.


This was a wonderful read. There were many elements in this story that fit wonderfully together. The troll lore and magical realism were well done and interesting. I loved how the characters interacted and how the subject matter reminded me of one of my favorite authors Sarah J. Maas. 

The beginning was a little confusing to me and I didn't really understand how it fit in with the story. It seemed like the start to an epic fantasy and not the urban fantasy that I was reading. 

Still, I enjoyed the book and read it in two days. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Author bio:

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.

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