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Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, hearing the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. Theirs is a peaceful society, where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council.

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
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Published January 27th 2009 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Betsy
Jonathan Stroud simply is not a fan of innocent protagonists as pure as the newly driven snow. He has little patience for innocents as main characters. No time for guys like Harry Potter or Frodo, who find themselves thrust into dangerous situations that were not of their own making. Give Stroud a nicely corrupt kid or a wildly headstrong hero any day of the week. Having burst upon the juvenile writing scene with his breathtaking Bartimaeus trilogy, Stroud now scales himself back a little with a...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I read Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy and liked it pretty well, the writing and the originality of the book (especially the ending) impressed me. THIS BOOK I think I can sum up (at least in my humble opinion) in 3 words... "OH GOOD GRIEF".

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
Bunga Mawar
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Heroes of the Valley turned out to be a good book to listen on audio. At first I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, but I ended up enjoying it immensely.

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
Robert
Stroud's best book.

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
Maninee
I really, really like Stroud’s protagonists. They’re not like the others. In other YA fantasy series we have heroes like Harry(Potter) and Percy(Jackson) who are hardly responsible for the situations they get into. They are ordinary, unambitious guys who were thrown into adventure by fate. They did not wish to be famous or save the world but when the need arose they rose to the challenge. Harry survived the killing curse because of his mother and Percy got into scrapes because of who his dad was...more
Kitri
What a great read! Spanning the edges of several different genres, Heroes of the Valley is so delightfully Stroud-esque that I couldn't put it down.

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
Alvina
Ini kisah tentang Pahlawan di suatu lembah dimana 12 klan hidup berdampingan. Tersebutlah Halli Sveinsson, keturunan dari Svein sang Pendiri salah satu Klan. Halli lahir di pertengahan musim dingin. Kepercayaan di sana mengatakan bahwa anak-anak yang lahir di pertengahan musim dingin kelak akan menjadi anak yang berkaitan dengan hal-hal gaib dan rahasia.

Di sekeliling Klan-klan, ada deretan makam-makam batu yang memanjang membentuk barisan pertahanan. Tersebutlah Trow, jenis makhluk yang tidak ad...more
Ulfah
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Yola NY
Jonathan Stroud emang slalu bikin kaget!

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
Ryan Mishap
The Bartemius Trilogy was a very complex young adult series--morally, in plot, and in theme--and it is good to see Stroud sticking to high standards. While this novel is aimed at maybe a slightly younger audience than the trilogy, it has enough exploration of "gray areas" to be a worthy successor.
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
Mackenzie
I didn't hate this book and certainly it wasn't a badly written one but I couldn't connect with it either. I may come back and revisit the story so I could write a more proper review. But at this point I just felt that the plot was so disjointed that I had a hard time getting into it. By the time I managed to find a comfortable place to sit in the story, it was over very quickly not long afterwards. I may have picked the wrong Jonathan Stroud book to familiarize myself with his writing; I should...more
Abhishek
How do you see your tale’s hero? Tall, handsome, a knight in shining armour, the one with the brains and the brawn to make things right. If you are interested in the typical heroes, then do not pick up a Jonathan Stroud book. But if you need something new, something different from the others, if you are willing to bear a protagonist who has a better chance of burning himself than achieving any of his goals, then you may very look forward to a Jonathan Stroud adventure. After having completed the...more
Katharina Gerlach
Nothing like Stroud's other books but just as good.

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
Laura
So, halfway through this book I wasn't really sure I was enjoying it all that much. I could admit that it was probably a good book, but I was annoyed that it was so departed from the Bartimaeus trilogy, which I LOVED. Mostly, I think I was annoyed that it just wasn't funny. It wasn't supposed to be funny, but I wanted it to be.

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
Indah Threez Lestari
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Emi
Halli lives in a valley founded by 12 Heroes long ago who fought monsters, called Trows, for mastery of the land. As the second son in his family, he’s a bit of a prankster, seeking attention from a village that would rather see him remain quiet and out of the way than have fun. But when his uncle is murdered by the arbiter of another house, Halli embarks on a quest, seeking revenge for his fallen kin. Along the way he begins to question his family’s history, the legends of the Trows, and his fe...more
Bonnie
A great epic style action adventure novel for teens set in a sort of medieval Norse world by the author of the popular Bartimaeus Trilogy. The setting is a long valley inhabited by twelve settlements ruled by twelve "Houses" the descendants of the early warrior settlers. No one ever leaves the valley because they live in fear of the Trows, flesh eating underground creatures who used to pop up through the earth and grab and eat people. The heroes of the old days vanquished them to outside the val...more
Kelly Bryson
This book was not what I thought. The hero is U-G-L-Y, he ain't got no alibi...sorry. My apologies. Halli Sveinsson was ugly, though, and not a great fighter. Set in a viking styled world, "Heroes of the Valley" is about a young man who has been raised on the exagerrated and conflicted stories of the Svein and the other heroes. He attempts to live his life by asking WWSD? (What would Svein do?) but his society is not actually interested in heroes. They've gotten quite comfortable in the status q...more
Kat
Well written, but somewhat unsatisfying.

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
Sarah
I absolutely adored Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. The same witty dialogue, dry humor, action adventure, and layered character relationships with which I became enamored in Bartimaeus, shines through in Heroes of the Valley.
Cindy
A younger son, Halli Sveinsson rebels against his parents' and village's expectations through a series of endless (mostly harmless) pranks and escapades. But when his beloved uncle is murdered by a rival house, Halli sets out to avenge his uncle, a quest that will have startling repercussions for all of the residents of the valley.

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
Eva Mitnick
Halli Sveinson, aged 14, is the second son in one of the 12 main houses in the Valley. Somewhat squat – his short legs are a running joke – and swarthy, he is a trickster and a trouble-maker from birth. Brought up on tales of the Heroes, including his own ancestor Svein, who rid the Valley of the man-eating Trows untold years ago, he chafes at his boring, placid, rural life.

When an annual Gathering of representatives from all the Houses is held at the House of Svein, previous bad blood between H...more
Justinaeng9
Recommends this book for: People who enjoy Adventure Novels
"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
Caity.P
I'll be straight up with you, I didn't like it. Not only did I not like it, I also didn't get it. I'm not just saying this so I can get another reading log done because what I'm saying is true. I read the book and spent days trying to understand the text but I just couldn't do it. I got the main ideas. It was about a short boy looking for adventure and his family has a bad history with trows and that he saves the day and gets the girl blah blah blah, but.... I got lost. There were times when I u...more
Chris
“They’re only stories,” he would say, “What do stories matter?” But he wasn’t stupid. He knew as well as Myrddin that in the end stories are all that matter.
--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
Michael
What i learn from this book is even if you have a friend ship with someone they always got your back not in a good way niether just to stab you in. What i'm saying is Olaf from Hakon's house should of never had killed Brodir frome the Svennsinon's house just because he said what he thougt was right. He was drunk any wway so at one point he didn't know what he was saying but nooo olaf had to slap him so of course even when your drunk your going to hit back and thats what brodir did. He didn't win...more
Kathleen
In a peaceful valley guarded by ancient ancestral cairns, Halli Sveinsson grows up wishing he could be heroic like his ancestor but instead he is only a trickster, short and impulsive, making enemies at home and on his travels, stumbling into heroic accomplishments almost in spite of himself. Lovely quest adventure complete in one volume. You don't often get a dark, short and short-tempered hero and he certainly doesn't often get the girl. This is worthy enough for that, but there is also a wond...more
Libby Ames
Reminiscent of Beowulf and the monster Grendel, Heroes of the Valley is built around the oral histories of a valley and its people. Each chapter begins with a story from the history which is then echoed in the life of Halli Sveinsson. Halli, a sheltered young man raised on these fantastical tall tales, begins to experience life outside his village. As he does, he learns what is truth and what is merely story.

Halli starts out a little dense and unlikable--a common tactic for Stroud with his main...more
Lauren
Sep 16, 2010 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: upper middle school and up

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

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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

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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