Tonje Tornes is a debutant, and her book is Hulder. It’s fantasy, and she’s using old folklore like wood nymphs, witches and river spirits. Hulder is the norwegian word for a wood nymph. The book centers around Erik (Kire backwards). He and his father have just moved to a new place to be closer to Eriks mother. His mother is in an asylum because she talks about things that doesn’t exist, but mostly she is in the asylum because she stabbed a woman to death. But the things that doesn’t exist; Erik saw them to, he just didn’t want to believe it. What he saw that day in the mountains was a green-clothed woman that used some kind of power over him to lure him to her. His mother however knew what she was, that she was a wood nymph that put a curse on her son, to take him into the mountain.
After moving to be closer to where his mother is, strange things start to happen. Erik meet this weird girl outside his house. She is dressed in clothes from the wood (literary, for instans, she has a dress made from white anemone), and, she has a tail (!). In her own, weird way, she says she wants to help Erik.
The story is action packed, but not to much. It’s got a good drive, but at the same time it gives the characters enough time to develop. It also give some information about old norwegian folklore, though I can’t help but wish there were some more information that explained the folklore a little bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the book. But I think that for someone that doesn’t know anything about our folklore, you’d have some questions about it after reading the book. (Which is good in some way, you could go to the library to find out more :p) But the part of me that loved mythology and folklore when I was a kid (and still do), want more of it, not just little snippets that you get here.