Heroes of the Valley
But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he is neither handsome nor tall, like his siblings. He’s stump...more
Now I am tempted to let my one star rating and those three words sum up my feelings here and move on. I see many enjoyed this book (actually, predictably I think). I didn't, so to be fair to those who would like more detail let me add another phrase, seven words t...more
Halli is a roguish, endearing young hero who wrapped himself around my heart. Although he was quite a prankster, he was a good kid at heart. He didn't really get a chance to shine until he broke free from the mold of his family and their expectations for him. This took him on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment about his world. Everyone...more
This a fantasy set in an isolated valley above a fjord where farming and feuding are the primary occupations. The culture is based on what can be found in Icelandic sagas, complete with a heavy emphasis on legal disputes. The protagonist, a boy with a quick wit and a way with words, is fascinated by the legends of the Heroes who settled the valley and made it safe from the monsters that lived underground and preyed on the new-comers. He hopes for a more exciting life than bein...more
Halli Sveinsson lives in a valley founded by 12 Heroes long ago, who fought the vicious Trows for mastery of the land. Now 17 generations later, Halli questions the Hero stories he grew up with, and seeks to know the truth. Through a strong friendship, revenge, and many adventures involving courage, quick thinking (and as always with Stroud, a lot of...more
Di sekeliling Klan-klan, ada deretan makam-makam batu yang memanjang membentuk barisan pertahanan. Tersebutlah Trow, jenis makhluk yang tidak ad...more
sebelumnya crta ttg bartimeus yg endingnya lumayan bikin hati tersayat2..
dan sekarang, certa ttg Halli Sveinsson, keturunan salah seorang dari 12 pahlawan, bikin emosiku naik turun..
Jonathan Stroud kayaknya bukan pengarang yg suka menjabarkan klo tokoh utama certanya itu sempurna, atau kuat, atau hebat. malah si Halli ini awalnya dia terkesan lemah banget.. kecuali fakta ttg dia yg suka berbuat onar dan nakal di kediaman klan-nya..
ketika malam terbunuhnya...more
In an isolated valley--between mountains and descending to the sea--are twelve houses named for each of the twelve ancient heroes who settled the valley and drove off the Trows--vicious underground cr...more
This book reads more like a historical novel set in a time where people lived rather isolated lives for there's fairly little magic involved. The mythology of the people in this tale resembles stories told about Vikings but there are no direct clues that indicate the author really meant to create vikings. I'd rather like to think that they live in their own world, a world where wisps of magic are still lingering.
The story develops slowly, focusi...more
The other problem was that I was having a hard time cheering for a main character that I didn't really like or relate to in any way, a foolish young boy who derides respon...more
One thing I always look for in a young adult book is what ideology the author is presenting to the intended young reader. This book is a cleverly written story of the progression of a restless young boy into a responsible, if adventurous, young man. The author belittles violence borne of pride and considers self-sacrifice and self-defense (even deadly) as noble and honorable. This book (similar to the Bartiemeus trilogy) certainly encourages questioning t...more
I love Jonathan Stroud's books. He's the king of the snark, and he doesn't disappoint in this one. Halli has turned insult into an art. The dialogue brought tears of l...more
When an annual Gathering of representatives from all the Houses is held at the House of Svein, previous bad blood between H...more
"Heroes of the Valley" by Jonathan Stroud is a novel about a boy named Halli Sveinsson who is bored with his life and hopes for an adventure. Having been raised listening to stories of his ancestors, when a feud begins between the Hakonssons and the Sveinssons Halli seeks to avenge a member of his family who is killed. Halli worsens the feud between the families when he gets revenge and decides he wants to leave his home for good. Halli...more
--Here Lies Arthur
“The heroes, the Trows--the stories that bind us, Halli. The stories we live by, that dictate what we do and where we go. The stories that give us our names, our identities, the places we belong, the people we hate.”
--Heroes of the Valley
Story seems to be the theme of my reading lately (see here for more), and these two boo...more
Halli starts out a little dense and unlikable--a common tactic for Stroud with his main...more
I first picked this book up because I recognized the author as the same one who wrote the fabulous Bartimaeus series. To my utmost happiness, this book turned out to be equally as good.
The stories revolves around a boy (Halli Sveinsson) and the legends/myths that his people believe. It is a great growing up story with adventure and attitude. It also has a love interest... but don't worry boys the plot is not based on it, but on the adventure.
Once again, Stroud successfully gets the reader i...more
Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies...more
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It isn't hard to describe, you idiot," Aud said. "It's called courage.”
"Actually, it's called improvising.”