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The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

The Sea of Trolls (2004)

by Nancy Farmer

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Series: Sea of Trolls (1)

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I am reading this book with my 12 year old son who is mad because instead of my usual couple of days, I am taking almost a week to read.
  Tiffani_Keaton | May 31, 2019 |
This was a big disappointment after reading Farmer's highly acclaimed book [b:The House of the Scorpion|13376|The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)|Nancy Farmer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1401734230s/13376.jpg|868252].
Sea of Trolls just never took off for me. The history lesson at the end was intriguing, especially since it is based on Norse mythology, but the story itself didn't feel authentic. It was like [b:How to Train Your Dragon|352262|How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)|Cressida Cowell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1431930187s/352262.jpg|1484561] meets [b:Peter and the Starcatchers|34262|Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)|Dave Barry|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1435312363s/34262.jpg|1625130] in a very bad mash-up. It could have worked if the characters and plot had been developed better. The kidnapping of Jack and his sister is just a little too ridiculous and Lucy's character is incredibly annoying, as are many of the characters. Aside from that the writing just doesn't impress. I would still recommend it to kids who are interested in Vikings and the Anglo-Saxon era but kids who only came to the fantasy genre because of Harry Potter probably won't find it appealing. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
This book was super super fun! The writing managed to make it really believable that we were seeing the world through a child's eyes (well, an 11-year-old) and it was still really an intriguing, wonderful book. It also felt very self-contained, though I am intending to go off and read the other two. It was clear that Nancy Farmer did a lot of research, but not in an info-dump way that makes it clear that's what she was doing. The book was exciting and an easy read--I finished it in about two days, if that says anything, though it does clock in at around 450 pages. Overall, I though this book was super fun and I was glad to have read it! ( )
  aijmiller | Jun 7, 2017 |
Set in Viking times, this is a satisfying read for fans of Norse sagas and similar in vein to other epic adventures like The Hobbit, a quest with traditional fantasy elements mixed in.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Oct 5, 2016 |
Fantasy ( )
  mjsbooks | Aug 9, 2016 |
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Three time Newbery honor author Nancy Farmer's epic fantasy, The Sea of Trolls, is gigantic in every way. There are big Vikings and bigger trolls. There are big themes--hope, despair, life and death. At a substantial 450+ pages, the sheer size of this hefty tome is impressive. But, like all of Farmer's fine work, the large scale has room for enormous quantities of heart and humor. At the center of this massive adventure is a small Saxon boy named Jack, who's never been much good at anything until the Bard of his medieval village makes him an apprentice. Then, just as Jack is learning to tap into and control his power, he is kidnapped (along with his little sister, Lucy) and taken to the court of King Ivar the Boneless and his half troll queen Frith. When one of Jack's amateur spells causes the evil queen's beautiful hair to fall out, he is forced to undertake a dangerous quest across the Sea of Trolls to make things right, or suffer the consequences--the sacrifice of his beloved sister to Frith's patron goddess, Freya. Along the way Jack faces everything from giant golden troll-bears to man-eating spiders, yet each frightening encounter brings wisdom and understanding to the budding young Bard. No quester who enters these pages with Jack will go away unsatisfied. Farmer's skillful melding of history, mythology, and humor, is reminiscent of both Tamora Pierce and Terry Pratchett's medieval fantasies, and will no doubt be HUGELY enjoyed by fantasy readers of all ages. --Jennifer Hubert

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After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.… (more)

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