The Lost City by Amanda Hocking

The Lost City by Amanda Hocking
(The Omte Origins Book 1)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
3.5 Stars


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.

Disclaimer: First and foremost I would like to thank Wednesday Books and St. Martin’s Press for providing me the ARC to voluntarily read and review. This in no way sways my opinions, all thoughts expressed are my own.


First, I would like to say that I have not read the original stories connected with this spin-off. Secondly, I don’t think that impacted my reading experience in regards to the story line. I was able to just jump into the story and figure things out as I can do most of the time with YA books. This was a quick, fast paced read, and I loved that I was able to complete this book essentially in one sitting.

I loved Ulla. I felt very connected with her and her goals as I would do the same things she would in her position. I think that it is very realistic that she wants to find out who she is and why and get more answers about her parents. The other character I enjoyed was Pan. I really feel like he was well developed and easily likable. There is a magic system within this book and I want to continue to explore that. I do believe that this book sets groundwork for future novels, in which I will be requesting the next book to read. There are quite a few questions I have but I don’t want to say too much to spoil – I am hoping book 2 and 3 answer them for me so I can discuss this series as a whole!

Rating this book as if I were 14, I truly think I would become immersed in this world and want to go back and read the original stories based on this world. The Lost City is available for purchase on July 7, 2020 and the second is releasing in August! You can preorder now!

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