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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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The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer (2004)


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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 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
This book is about a boy(Jack) and his little sister(Lucy) and how they were taken away from the life of farming into the life of berserkers. Jack is a 11 year old and his sister is about 5 years old when they are taken away. Join the two hero's on their journey to understand the life force. ( )
  JaFi14 | Oct 13, 2014 |
RGG: Early England intersects with the Vikings and Norse mythology to tell a story of a boy who goes on a heroic journey to save his sister. First in a series.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 26, 2014 |
This book is about a boy and his little sister who go on great adventures. They were kidnapped when Jack(main character) was kidnapped by beserkers and enslaved by Olaf One-Brow. They find mysterious creatures on their adventure and learn new things about the world. They meet a crow who accompanies them on their adventures. Jack has never seen beserkers before until they attacked his Saxon village. He was eleven when they attacked his village. His sister's name is Lucy.
I really liked this book. It has so much adventure and action in it. I liked how Jack learned new things and had a crow with him. It was very thrilling reading the book. I liked the way that they would react to situations if there were ever any. Thorgil, the shipmate of Olaf, was just a jerk. I didn't like the way they just lived with each other. ( )
  MartinP.G3 | Jun 5, 2014 |
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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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