When an evil crow snatches a beloved medallion, young trolls Thistle and Fane have one more reason to venture outside the Clearing. Driven by a thirst for adventure, and anger at their King for sheltering them for far too long, they decide to search for a way across Mangleblood River. What they find will change their lives for all eternity.
They soon discover that the ties of friendship are breakable, lies are as real as the mud they stand in, and what they thought would last forever, is nothing more than an illusion.
"'It is customary for proper trolls to wipe all mucus at eye-level, on trees or other perennial plants, rocks, and structures. This shall ensure that our territory be marked clear in case of outsider invasion. Plus, it's just good manners.'" (Rozelle, 8).
The Truth About Mud is a fun little novella based on the life of a troll. Setting out after a crow that stole her Nan's medallion, she soon discovers a whole other world she didn't even know about - and that she might not be accepted into.
While this story is intended for younger audiences, it's still a fun, entertaining read for kids at heart. However a very quick read, it was still decently written and interesting.
I did find that Rozelle tried to cram too much story into one novella. I understand that the book is meant to be short, however rather than trying to tell the story as quickly as possible, next time she could try to omit certain parts of the story to elaborate a little more on the moments that mattered.
The story also holds many serious matters - matters such as the bonds of friendship don't always last, that nothing lasts forever, and that more things than we know are lies. These things are important for children to understand, and I think that it was a good way of introducing these topics.
I did enjoy the story, and I am interested to see if there will be any more to add to this series, as there was a large amount of lead up for certain things that we didn't get to see much of. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.
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Christina is a mother of four currently hiding from the sun somewhere in Dallas, Texas. You may find her out on rainy autumn days narrating her life in her head. You’ll also find her taxiing her children around in traffic, or stopped in random places, like your local produce section, to take notes before her ideas flitter away into the Great Beyond. Though her current series is YA Dystopian, she has many stories in the works in various sub-genres of speculative fiction (including NA and Adult) for the near future. You’ll definitely want to stick around to see what she comes up with next.