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The Sea of Trolls

By Nancy Farmer

The Sea of Trolls
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2004,
    480 pages.
    Paperback: May 2006,
    480 pages.

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A clever intermingling of myth and history, set in the age of the Vikings. Ages 11+

Comment: Jack, a Saxon farm boy, has recently been apprenticed to a druid who is teaching him to do magic by drawing on the power of the life force. Unfortunately for Jack, he's living in what is now the North East coast of England in a time-period that is fascinating to look back on but must have been terrifying to live through (as that supposed Chinese curse says, "may you live in interesting times!" - see sidebar for more on this).

Before Jack's training is complete the Vikings invade and kidnap him and his sister. They're taken to the Norse homeland, to the court of Ivar the Boneless and his terrifying half-troll wife, Queen Frith, who fancies Lucy as her next sacrificial victim. Only Jack can prevent this terrible outcome by completing a ...

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