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Monday, October 11, 2010

Stev on The Sea of Trolls

Have you ever read a book by Nancy Farmer? If not, please get out of your chair, go to your local library, (walk if you have to!) and check out #1: The Sea of Trolls #2: The Land of the Silver Apples, and #3: The Islands of the Blessed! These are marvelous books!

The Sea of Trolls is a magnificent blend of magic and (surprisingly) history! It's also hilarious. No. Really. History can be funny. Anyhow, in this book, I love Thorgil and her lovable viciousness, and Olaf One-Brow is awesomely mean. Jack is cool too--I mean, he's the main character--but he yells at people too much. He blocks out the people who are trying to help him. It's hard not to like the Vikings, even though they are cruel, evil murderers. They are tough and funny.

I was in world history a while back and was so happy to learn about Ivar the Boneless and the Saxons. I was extremely amazed that Nancy Farmer can get interested enough in history to weave such a fabulous tale with history and fantasy intermingled! It's fantastic!

Nancy Farmer has also written these books: A Girl Named Disaster, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, The House of the Scorpion, the Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, The Warm Place, Do You Know Me, Full Blooded Fantasy, Clever Ali, Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb, Runnery Granary, Remember Me, and more.

I would read this book again and again. I've already read it twice, and I own the third book. 

Four and 1/2 chocolate bars! (I took off a half because I think Jack could be made better)

Keep Reading!! ~Stev


  1. Wow! You really "sold" this book. And I have to say I'm impressed with your writing style/voice! Good job.

    The cover/title seems reminiscent of Percy Jackson. Would that be a fair assumption?

  2. Wow, thanks for this amazing review, Stev! I have read A Girl Named Disaster, and I remember really enjoying the richness of Farmer's language. Did you find this book similar?

  3. annegreenwoodbrown:
    The cover is a bit like Percy Jackson but I think that the two are very different. The Sea of Trolls was written as though it were in the Dark Ages, and Percy Jackson is in modern day settings. Also, The Sea of Trolls has more spells and magic, while Percy Jackson is more Greek mythology.

  4. Caterpillar says that another good Nancy Farmer book is The House of the Scorpion. She says that she liked it better than The Sea of Trolls. Caterpillar's favorite in the series is the Islands of the Blessed.

  5. This sounds like a really good book!


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