Hollow Men Book Review

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Hollow Men by Todd Sullivan. Todd kindly sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

Hollow Men follows the protagonist, Ha Jun, on his quest to become a hero in South Hangkuk, in order to raise his social standing. He is joined by three companions in a bid to destroy a demon lurking in Naganeupseong, as well as the Dark Elf, Windshine. Ha Jun and Windshine soon strike up an unlikely friendship – but when he finds out about her connection to the demon he has a difficult decision to make.

I think one of my favourite things about Hollow Men would definitely have to be the strong sense of friendship throughout. Although they were all strangers at the book’s beginning, they soon became a really tightly knit group, referring to each other as brothers and becoming a family. I really admired the way they all looked out for each other when completing their quest, and you could see how important they all were to each other.

I also really liked Ha Jun. I really admired the way he looked out for Windshine, despite the prejudice the dark elves faced, and his overarching strength and courage throughout. He was a really strong and likeable character, and soon became my favourite. He was impossible not to root for!

Of course, the whole history of the dark elves was very fascinating. Sullivan really dived into the matter and it was clear how much thought had went into developing it. It was definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book, and I loved the personal touch Windshine’s own story added to it. It certainly made for an interesting read!

I also really liked the twist. Right at the very end Sullivan hits the readers with something I definitely didn’t see coming, but I loved it all the same! The truth about the demon was shocking with a really dramatic scene between the characters and I loved every second of it!

It would also be a crime to talk about the ending without mentioning the sheer amount of action – and it wasn’t just at the end, too! I loved all of the action and adventure Sullivan packed in there and there was never a dull moment… From being chased by treelike creatures through to awesome battles at the end, it was absolutely brilliant.

Overall, I would recommend Hollow Men for any fantasy fan, as this was a really unique addition to the genre. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure, as the quest was really interesting to read.

However, please be mindful that this book has trigger warnings of family abuse, so please do not read if that’s something you’re uncomfortable with.

I hope you enjoyed this review!


44 thoughts on “Hollow Men Book Review

  1. I haven’t heard of this book before. It is not usually what I would pick but you have shared such a detailed review. I have a couple of books I need to read so this is a great reminder.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

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  2. I have never heard of this book before. Also, I am not a fan of fantasy. However, this book sounds amazing, I will give it try. Adding to my list. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oooh, such an intriguing review! This isn’t my usual genre but having said that, The Lord of The Rings is one of my all-time faves, so perhaps this could be the start of a whole new range of books to fall in love with 🙂


      1. Thank you! Me neither, but I really enjoyed it! I haven’t read LOR actually, perhaps I should give it a go. I really hope you enjoy it if you end up giving it a go, thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


  3. Hollow Men sounds like such a fascinating story! I love that it’s filled with action, adventure, and has a good twist! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your review and for including trigger warnings! I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  4. I know we’re not meant to judge a book by the cover but this cover scared me a little haha! I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to books and can generally only read easy lighthearted ones (although I love to watch fantasy). Really great review of this book, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. I wouldn’t say fantasy is my kind of genre when it comes to books but this does sound really interesting. I’ve got a cousin who loves these kind of books so I’ll be showing her for sure. Thank you so much for sharing with us lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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