Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Sea of Trolls (YA)
The Sea of Trolls. Nancy Farmer. 2004. Simon & Schuster. 480 pages.
Jack woke before dawn and listened to the cold February wind lash the walls of the house. He sighed. It was going to be another rotten day.
IF Jack thinks his life is rotten before the Vikings (or the Northmen) come, I'd hate to see how he'd describe it after. Jack, our young hero, and Lucy, Jack's little sister, are about to be in for quite an adventure. Not that Lucy is present for the adventure really--she's on a mind trip of her own at the time--but Jack, well, Jack is about to be in for the adventure of his life. These two youngsters are kidnapped by the invading Northmen, the berserkers. Jack is Olaf's slave (thrall). And Lucy is Thorgil's slave (or thrall). (Thorgil is a girl, by the way.) They are off to pay their respects to Ivar the Boneless (he's king) and his wife Frith (she's a half-troll). Much adventure is to be had. Great danger to be faced. And if victory is won, Jack may just be able to save both his life and that of his sister.
I really enjoyed this one. It had its slower moments (though that could have just been me), but it was definitely worth it! The ending was great. There are two more books in the series and I will definitely be continuing on!
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