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In the year 793, eleven year
old Jack must undertake a quest to drink from Mimir’s well to increase
his powers and save his sister’s life. She is the prisoner of a shape-shifting
troll queen who will not release her until Jack has restored the queen’s
beauty after his spell has gone awry. What he faces in troll country will
test his bravery and whit, make him question his beliefs, and ultimately
bring him home. You will enjoy meeting Norse Jill, Ivar the Boneless,
Queen Frith, and Olaf One-Brow, and you will cheer Jack on to the very
end. (New Hampshire
Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
Captured by the Northmen (Vikings),
eleven-year-old Jack and his little sister, Lucy travel by sea to the home
of Olaf One-Brow on the North Sea. Jack, an apprentice to a wizard, discovers
that he needs more training when he causes the Viking Queen, Firth, to
go bald. Along the journey to the Northland, the children and their kidnappers
encounter dragons, trolls, giant owls, and a golden boar. Filled with Norse
allusions, this book will appeal to die-hard fantasy fans. (Jean
B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)
Jack is 11 when he and his
sister, Lucy are abducted by terrible berserkers, led by Olaf Onebrow.
(read 90-91). Berserkers murder innocent people and children, slaughter
animals with no thought and to them this means they are great warriors.
The year is A.D. 793 and Jack is a young bard in training. Jack is
saved from being someone's dinner only by his gift of music and the little
bit of magic the bard taught him before he was captured. Jack and
Lucy are destined to become slaves. Lucy's fate gets worse. She is
bound for the palace, to be given to the queen, who is an evil, hated,
half-troll shape-shifter. Even her own people loathe her but are
afraid to confront her. After months at sea, they land in the berserkers'
village. When things are settled, and Jack's slave collar is in place
Olaf Onebrow and his crew are called to the castle. Once great and
mighty, King Ivar is now Boneless, as his people call him behind his back.
Queen Frith has manipulated him until all that is left is a pile of flesh.
Lucy is handed over, and Jack can do nothing. Jack sings the praises
for Olaf and things go well, until the queen requires him to sing a song
for her. Put on the spot Jack messes up, and messes up big.
During the song Jack is interrupted and Queen Frith's hair falls to the
floor! Enraged, the queen threatens to sacrifice Lucy in what would
be a horrible death unless Jack can restore her hair. This begins
another adventure; filled with dragons, giant bears, trolls, poisonous
flowers, giant spiders, and many other scary and dangerous creatures.
Will Jack save Lucy and will they ever make it back to their home?
Will Jack finish his bard training? Is Jack's family still safe?
Read The Sea of Trolls to find out! (Della Phipps, librarian, email@example.com)