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