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The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

The Sea of Trolls (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Nancy Farmer

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Title:The Sea of Trolls
Authors:Nancy Farmer (Author)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2004), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 459 pages
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Tags:Bards and bardism, Fiction, Norse Mythology, Saxons, Vikings

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  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
A sprawling quest that combines fantasy, history and folklore. Obviously well-researched.

Jack is an ordinary boy selected by the old Bard to be his assistant. As time goes on, Jack becomes a sort of apprentice, learning the magic of serving the life force. But one night the Nightmare passes over the Bard's home and reduces the Bard to babbling and grunting. In trying to protect the Bard, Jack and his little sister Lucy are kidnapped by Olaf and his fellow Beserkers. The captives are witness to slave trading, beserker raids and other atrocities before landing on Olaf's home island. Olaf is honored with a dinner in his village. Jack's skills as a skald come to troll-queen Frith's attention and he is asked to sing a tribute to her. His song causes something terrible to happen to Frith's beauty and he is ordered to find the cure or Lucy will die.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Excelente. A autora usou as lendas nórdicas dos trolls e os assaltos dos Vikings ou homens do Norte para explorar uma aventura de um jovem aspirante a bardo que é raptado e levado com a irmã mais nova para a terra dos homens do Norte e depois para a salvar de ser atirada em sacrifício para um dos deuses dos nórdicos, tem que ir até ao reino dos trolls para conseguir adquirir a sabedoria do poço de mimir para conseguir recuperar a aparência da rainha semi-troll que escraviza a terra dos homens do Norte e salvar a sua irmã. A utilização das lendas e dos deuses nórdicos está muito bem conseguida tornando-se uma leitura viciante difícil de parar. Recomendo. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer is a lively tale of myth and magic set in the long ago days of yore. Jack has been the apprentice to a powerful wizard, called the Bard, for a year when trouble comes to the village. Berserkers from the north lands capture Jack and his sister, Lucy and take them away with them back to their home in the north. But this is only the beginning of the adventure, as Jack eventually must join forces with his captors and embark on quest to save his sister, Lucy from the evil half-troll queen who is planning on sacrificing her.

As Jack and his companions, Olaf One-Brow, the young shield maiden, Thorgil, and a crow called Boldheart, travel deeper and deeper into Jotunheim, the homeland of the Tolls, the magic gets stronger and the creatures more strange and powerful. They eventually arrive at Ice Mountain, home to the Troll Queen Glamdis and she agrees to help him even though she is the mother of the evil queen.

This was a wonderful tale based on Scandinavian legends. The author obviously researched Nordic mythology and came up with this story peopled by trolls, dragons, giant spiders and Vikings. Although aimed at children, this is a book for anyone who enjoys good fantasy, complex characters and exciting adventures. At it’s heart, this is an epic fantasy and the author often uses humor to advance the plot, this worked very well and kept the book light, fresh and fun. The Sea of Trolls was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and although it is complete in itself, this is the first of a trilogy that I am excited to continue on with. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 25, 2015 |
I just found out this is first of a trilogy. Well I sure hope it doesn't end in a cliffhanger. I like getting introduced to worlds and characters, not going on adventure after adventure with them.

Finished. Gosh this is not my type of book at all, but it was just so good I'm glad I read it. Kudos to Farmer. Ironically, my 14 yo son, who has enjoyed two other books by Farmer and who loves adventure (for example Percy Jackson) did not even finish this. The characters here I thought were extra-rich, so maybe that made the difference for me.

We both think this would be excellent for teen reluctant readers.

It definitely did not end on a cliffhanger. Eventually I'll probably read the others, but I feel no rush to do so. I'll probably read them only to be completist about Farmer's entire output, but read all her stand-alones first. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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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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