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The Warrior Troll

Rachael Lindsay

When one Treasure is found, another is threatened... Hildi and Thom are two devoted trolls who live with their animals, tucked away from the Big People in a Norwegian forest. They enjoy a simple life, in harmony with their surroundings and at peace with the world, until Thom fishes a weed-covered Viking casket out of the fjord. "Hor excitig!" exclaims Hildi when they break open the lock. Neither realises how valuable the contents are but the stranger who knocks at their door early one morning certainly does.What is his plan? When Thom visits the Big People's town of Bergen to sell the Treasure, not only does he leave Hildi in danger, but he also risks the True Inheritance of all the trolls, which he has vowed to guard with his life. Thom's challenge to the Big Men wins an unexpected ally, but still he has to face a struggle between good and evil.Can gentle Thom protect the Troll Treasure? How does he become a Warrior Troll?

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ABOUT RACHAEL LINDSAY


As a child, growing up in Cheshire, I was an avid reader. J. M. Barrie was my hero but I also revelled in J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, C. S. Lewis and A. A Milne. I loved Kipling's asides to his audience (dearly beloved), the landscape of Narnia, and nonsense poetry. My young mind was full of mythical creatures and places; I still have my copy of The Sentimental Dragon by Grace Cox-Ife, pages now falling from their binding and signed at the front in my childish hand.
I spent many happy weeks in Switzerland when I was young, as my father worked there for periods of time. Those breath-taking mountains, lakes and waterfalls joined forces with the fjords and forests of Norway, creating a backdrop to much of my writing. Who could not be inspired by all of these influences?
As a result of my happy experiences in both real life and fantasy, I always wanted to write stories, from about five or six years old. Of course, I had to be a serious grown-up for a while - teaching all ages from four to fifty-four year olds, earning money and bringing my two wonderful children into the world - but then I decided the time was right for me. And my stories.
Now I use my background in education to inspire children in schools up and down the country. Their enthusiasm, as they listen to and read my books, is a constant delight to me. They begin to write with greater imagination and flair.
I see parts of my young self in them.