Reviewsday: Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly

A perilous adventure. An unlikely hero. Matthew Reilly's latest novel Troll Mountain has all the elements of a fantasy masterpiece. 

In a remote valley surrounded by mountains, a tribe of humans is being killed off by a terrible disease.  The disease was horrifying- pus filled sores covered the victim's skin and their gums would begin to bleed. Soon after they would not be able to move and their teeth would start falling out. Covered in boils  they would fall asleep, never to wake again.

9781743537053However a rumour started to spread, the trolls of Troll Mountain have a cure for the illness: a miraculous elixir that healed whoever drank it. The Trolls not only controlled the mysterious cure, they also controlled the flow of water to the valley, often making the tribe beg for what little they received. With their people falling ill, the tribe sent two elders to the Trolls to beseech them to release more water. They never returned.

Raf and Kira are orphaned members of their tribe, living on the fringes of society, their parents killed by a rogue troll when they were young. Increasingly disgruntled, Raf is constantly questioning the Tribal leaders and their decisions. Why should the Tribal leaders get more food than everyone else? Why should they be the only ones with knowledge of weapons? In a small act of rebellion, Raf has started to develop weapons of his own that he practises with daily.

When Raf's sister gets sick and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, he makes a courageous decision. He sets out on his own for Troll Mountain ... to steal the elixir.  Aided by a hermit and a troll will he succeed?

The journey to the mountain has begun...