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The Sea Of Trolls (Sea of Trolls #1)

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Jack is an apprentice bard and just beginning to learn the secrets of his mysterious master, when he and his little sister are captured by Viking chief, Olaf One-Brow, and taken to the court of Ivar the Boneless. with a strange power over her husband's court. magical well and undo the charm he has cast on Frith. berserker when she grows up.
Paperback, 459 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 28th 2004)
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♍ichael Ƒierce
Jun 29, 2015 ♍ichael Ƒierce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hobbit fans, fans of Nordic Scandinavian fantasy
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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.

This book has everything I enjoy in a story. Charm, wit, cool scary creatures, and likeable characters you can connect with.

It's a children's book. A children's book that is also for adults.

It has a background and history that ties itself
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Kim
Really I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. I liked it.

In my daughter's review, she said this book was "gruesome" so I felt compelled to read it to find out what that meant to her. I would not use that same word to describe it. It is a story set in Viking times, and a historical event was used as background to this story - when Lindisfarne, AKA the Holy Isle was destroyed by Vikings in 793 AD. Although this is a story about Vikings, that is only one aspect of it. And for this story to be believab
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Monica!
Friends, you have to hand it to Nancy Farmer.

Some authors might be all, “Holy shit, I have enough plot here in this one novel to fill a couple dozen books. So I’ll write a couple dozen books, reap the financial rewards, retire early and live like a king in Patagonia!!”

Not our Nancy.

She takes that dozen-novels-worth-of-plot and is like, “Screw it,” and publishes it as one huge epic fantasy adventure, which still manages to be part one of three.

So what we have here is your typical boy meets Bard
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Amy Neftzger
Jack is a young bard in training when he is kidnapped along with his sister and taken by a group of Beserkers and brought to their icy northern land. The book chronicles Jack's capture and adventures as he embarks upon a quest to win back his freedom and save his sister from the temperamental half troll queen Frith. The book creatively adapts Norse mythology into a engaging adventure story that demonstrates the clash of two cultures and how the children learn to work things out to accomplish the ...more
Hazel Lee
I loved reading this book - epic adventure, full of all the traditional elements of a good fantasy: trolls, dragons, warriors, bards, and magic. But the adventure is made better by the complexity of the characters. There are no clear-cut lines between good and evil in this book - only characters that are very human in their imperfection. I think this book does a good job of pushing young readers to think about cultural relativism - or at least introduce them to the concept.

I was annoyed by the
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Emily Michelle
I thought I would adore this series. I love historical fiction; I love middle grade/YA books; I love Norse mythology; I love books about the British Isles and about folklore, so I doubly love books about British folklore. And this series had it all. I thought that this one would be one of those series that I would check out from the library and love so much that I'd run to the bookstore and buy my own copies. And then I read the trilogy and it was . . . nice. It was fun. But it wasn't great.

Each
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Mark Adderley
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Mike
The basis for the Celtic mythological worldview is that there is a separate world from ours, parallel and magical, that can be reached through certain states of mind, interactions with magical creatures, or portals. And the basic hero myth of all cultures starts with a mundane reality (almost always with a farm boy), a journey to a strange new land, magical talismans, and the return home.

This book takes the hero myth and the parallel world myth, blends it together with a veneer of historical fa
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B.C.
I purchased this book a while ago for two reasons: the cover and the setting. If that were the only reasons for buying this book, then you will be a happy camper. If you believe the story should whisk you away like the cover and setting should, then you will be kind of…meh, as I was.

Let’s break it down shall we?

WINS

Setting - The world was beautiful. It was full of life and color and smells. I truly enjoyed being in the world that was set up. I feel like the author did the Norse mythology justic
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Yami
I remember finding this one in a pile of old books in the used-book market, I held in my hand thought about it, left it behind me, returned back and got it , that was nearly 2-3 years ago,,,

and only now I got the chance to read it, to be honest the cover art was not encouraging me enough, the novel looked old , but there is time for every thing, and so i started it.

In the beginning the pages and the story felt uncertain, the way the story been told was weird ,I didn't know how the rest of the pa
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Kate Olesin
I don't think I would have ever picked this book up - simply because of its title. I know that's a little shallow, but to me trolls spell BIG, UGLY, and HAIRY. Ugh. Although they are all of these things in Farmer's Sea of Trolls, the story beautifully weaves Nordic mythology with fictionalized history in this tale of adventure. It takes place in Anglo-Saxon Europe, where the Vikings (known in the book only as really large Northmen with a thirst for booty and plunder topped with wild red hair) ar ...more
Pam ☼Ask Me About FrankenKnee☼ Tee
Hmmm. This is one of those books where you should ignore the star ratings and find a reviewer with similar tastes to try and determine if you should give it a try. Which is to say that while I only gave "Sea of Trolls" 3-Stars that I can see why other people, especially younger readers, would love it. The story is interesting and there's lots of adventure. Plus the writing is decent... so what's not love, right?

Well, I found a couple of things that detracted from the reading experience. The firs
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Karen A.
I love Nancy Farmer's guts. She tackles new genres like she has nothing to loose and always comes up with excellent work. The Sea of Trolls has a great young protagonist in Jack who is loaned to the local Bard by his poor farmer father. From the Bard he begins to learn magic but just barely and not enough to save his village from being pillaged by the Vikings. He and his sister are taken captive. Beginning an exciting and perilous journey back to the land of the Vikings. Lots of Nordic mythology ...more
Uci
3,5 bintang.

Sebagai newbie di dunia novel fantasi, saya dengan noraknya terheran-heran menemukan tokoh-tokoh yang sama di beberapa novel berbeda. Valkyrie, disir, beowulf, pohon yggdrasil kembali saya jumpai di sini, tapi dengan perspektif berbeda tentunya.

Walaupun sempat kaget dengan kebrutalan beberapa adegan dalam buku ini, tapi sesaat kemudian saya sudah menikmati petualangan Jack yang luar biasa. Diculik bangsa Viking (Northmen), bertemu naga dan troll, melawan ratu jahat Frith dan laba-la
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Patricia Rodrigues
Recordo-me que quando este livro foi editado chamou-me logo a atenção mas a verdade é que fui sempre adiando a sua compra, até que veio parar à estante através do passatempo no fb da Presença.
Antes de mais, e após o livro ter chegado à estante e quando o adicionei no Goodreads, percebi que este era o primeiro livro de uma trilogia e que só este tinha sido publicado em Portugal.

Este é um livro do género fantástico, que se foca no início das invasões vikings aos anglo-saxões.
Jack é um rapaz angl
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Jimmy
This gripping book by Nancy Farmer is about a boy who is a little farmer brat that is given the chance of a lifetime and takes advantage of it. Jack is taught to be a bard by Dragon Tongue and is and taken on life threatening adventures.

The bard of their town named Dragon Tongue is an all powerful wizard who takes Jack under his wing and teaches him the ways of a bard. When the Northman King finds out about Dragon Tongues’ existence he sends a nightmare to take the bards’ wits. The northmen co
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Natalie
Although a long read, this a great book to read aloud because it appeals to people of all ages. Tempting to "buffer" between sessions together though! We all caught one another buffering when we read this book together. ;) Lots of primary school kids have borrowed our copy and it has gone to many read-ins. There is something about Nancy Farmer's style and the way the action keeps on coming and the characters keep on developing that makes this book a page turner. The House of the Scorpion and The ...more
melissa1lbr
Things I Liked:
What a fun story! I wish I'd read this one sooner. The mythology is absolutely fabulous. I adored learning more about Norse and Scandinavian mythos, particularly the gods and the trolls. The story is interesting and unique and it evoked the great quests so common in high fantasy. But what I really loved was the historical element as well. This is set in the dark ages of England and Scandinavia and that setting is written so thoroughly that you can't help but fall into it! The boo
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Tony
Nancy Farmer- The Sea of Trolls (Atheneum Books 2004) 4.5 Stars

When berserkers strike Jack’s village, he suddenly finds himself protecting his sister as they are taken across the sea. Olaf One-Brow is now their master and will take them on adventures around the world. Bold Heart, a mysterious crow has tagged along for the ride, as Jack’s friend. Together this crew will embrace adventure and fight the many dangers hidden in the far corners of the globe.

A slower start to this book, but something a
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Laina
May I just say that I Nancy Farmer? She is possibly my very favorite author. I love the pictures she paints with such simple, exquisite strokes. I love her characters who seem so innocent and unsure, yet they are immensely brave. I love the friends she creates, and the feeling of reality that soaks through her stories, even if they are about trolls and vikings and giant owls. This book especially was just a joy. I absolutely loved Jack, the young bard apprentice who has to find himself on an ep ...more
Dori
Aug 15, 2011 Dori rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children/ YA
Recommended to Dori by: Middle school Librarian
I read the Sea of Trolls for the first time in grade six, soo probably 2005/2006. I came across it by way of my school librarian to whom I had been complaining that I had been having trouble finding YA novels that appealed to me after falling in love with adult writers (my teachers very much disapproved of my choice of novels for silent reading, what they had against people like Brenda joyce and Dean Kootnz is beyond me, I guess they never read good horror or historical romance.) My librarian ga ...more
Readingtween
An amazing book, Nancy Farmer writes very well. This book is a clean read and will completely just suck you in. It is the first of three books about a boy named Jack. Jack starts out as a regular old farmer's brat but the Bard, an old man living in an old Roman house up the road from the village, starts training Jack to be a Bard too. So Jack learns all sorts of magic and fun things that his father thinks are all very unholy. See, Jack's father, Giles Crookleg, wanted badly to be a monk and do a ...more
Evan Hays
The best children's/young adult book I have read since the Graveyard Book. Highly recommend this one. The author, who actually has a science background, really did her historical research for this one. The backdrop is northeastern England (probably somewhere around what today would be Newcastle) around the year 800 AD. This is Saxon England, England greatly influenced by Celtic Christianity, England that still holds onto many of its pre-Christian ideas and mythology, and England on the verge of ...more
Erin
"Jack was eleven whn the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It seems that things are stirring across the water,"the bard had
warned. Ships are being biult,swords are being forged."

Jack lives in the saxon village and has nver herd of these midevil creatures called the berserkers who now the bard predicts that they soon will take over the small seaside village which makes up Jacks life. He has never seen an other place in his life and is about to go on an adventure that he will neve
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Rburenstein
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer is an intense, interesting, suspenseful fantasy book based around an 11-year-old boy named Jack, and his little sister Lucy. The book takes place in 793 A.D. of a fantasy world. This world is separated into 3 regions, each containing different occupants. One is an icy region containing the Ice trolls called Jotunheim, one containing the berserkers, and one containing humans. Jack and Lucy are kids in a family of four, living on a seaside town. Jack spends a lot ...more
Maren
Jack and Lucy live in the the 8th century in England. Jack finds it hard to live up to his father's expectations, but loves spending time with the Bard, who quickly makes him his apprentice. After being with the bard only a few months, the Vikings of the north come and raid Jack's town, capturing Lucy and Jack. Lucy is spared because of her beautiful golden hair, and Jack is spared because he is a bard, or skald.They become the owners of Olaf One-Brow, the leader of the Vikings, and Thorgil a yo ...more
Kelley Ceccato
This is a rollicking adventure, a feast if you like Norse mythology. I have to admit I was thoroughly entertained by this book, even as I spent a good bit of it grinding my teeth. I would recommend this to any young boy who loves fantasy and adventure -- but I would hesitate before suggesting it to any girl who loves same.

The book's main flaw, and it's a big one (for me, anyway), is that its female characters are uniformly repellent. Of all of them, only the very minor characters of Heide and (p
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Matthew H.
Nov 20, 2008 Matthew H. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
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Becky
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Trickey
Nancy Farmer comes through again! A winner of a number of awards including multiple Newbery Medals, her stories have captivated me ever since I read The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm in middle school, which I'd picked from a list of Newbery winners.

The Sea of Trolls is in a completely different style than the other two books I've read by Farmer, and this is something I really like about her. When you pick of a book of hers, you know its not going to be same story, different characters or even the s
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Nancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona-Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine. She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963. Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to ...more
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