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Heroes Of The Valley

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,925 Ratings  ·  568 Reviews
Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, listening to the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. His 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 was not at all handsome or tall, like his attractive blon ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Doubleday (first published 2009)
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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
Jan 29, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Bunga Mawar
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Jun 03, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 23, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short comment, 'cause I feel lazy tonight.

1) Lys <3 (as always :3)
2) My jaw is still literally on the floor because...THAT ending. I reached the end and when the plot twist was revealed I felt so stupid. I didn't expect that at all, Stroud, you evil genius.
3) Halli you TONTO.
4) This was so different from Bartimeus (read it if you haven't, people). I liked it less than Barty (because Bartimeus' ending still makes me want to go in a corner and cry like ther's no tomorrow) but more than Lockwood
May 30, 2012 Maninee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Mary-Jean Harris
This was an amazing book, with very likeable characters (despite their numerous faults!) and interesting events. It was written beautifully and had many elements of an old tale being told, the simultaneous legend of the "heroes of the valley" at the beginning of each chapter, and to a lesser extent, the story itself. I found the beginning a bit jumbled, since you weren't really sure who the story was about. But once it got started, I liked it more and more. The main character, Halli, seemed too ...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
Feb 24, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2012 Ulfah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Yola NY
May 17, 2011 Yola NY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan, punya
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
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
Reni Hanifah
Dec 31, 2012 Reni Hanifah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terlambat sehari dari yang ditargetkan--sudahlah :D

Dari buku-buku Jonathan Stroud yang saya baca, ratingnya:

Heroes of The Valley: BAGUUUUUS!
The Leap: Pusing
The Last Siege: Meh, ngebosenin.

Setelah dibawa jungkir balik sama Bartimaeus, baca The Leap dan The Las Siege bikin saya kecewa, jadi saya tidak berharap banyak sama The Leap. Di luar dugaan, ceritanya oke, meski nggak segreget Bartimaeus Trilogy.

Halli Sveinson, gempal, berkaki
Aug 28, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
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
Ryan Mishap
Mar 14, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2011 Mackenzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
dnf nach 120 Seiten Ca.

Ich habe andere Bücher des Autors gelesen und war wirklich gefesselt von seinen Geschichten. diese war leider komplett anders. Ich kam nicht rein in die Geschichte, es war iwie öde und man hatte keine Lust weiter zu lesen, und man hat nur Bahnhof verstanden. daher war dann auch kein Bedürfnis mehr da weiter zu lesen ...schade.
Magdalena Amanda
Sep 04, 2011 Magdalena Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan
Komentar pertama dan wajib sebagai pembuka: AKHIRNYA ADA NOVEL FIKSI FANTASI YANG TAMAT DALAM SATU BUKUUU!!!

*yang udah bokek ama buku fikfan bersekuel ... orz*

Pujian untuk pengarang dan penerjemahnya. Gara2 satu buku ini aja, saya ngefans ke mereka berdua. (Untuk penerjemah sih, ini buku kedua. :D)

Gaya tulisan (didukung terjemahan yg jg oke) Stroud klop sama selera saya. Itu pertama. Kedua, saya harus bilang ceritanya simpel, tapi bagus. Tandingannya hingga detik ini mungkin cuma Moribito (Seire
Jul 02, 2014 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andi Rahmat
This book is very entertaining with cuteness, innocence, sadness, struggle and romantic story of Halli and Aud. An adventure with stories of eye-opening. Sign to my favorite list :D
Halli Sveinsson dibesarkan dengan kisah saga kepahlawanan leluhurnya. Pendiri Klan mereka, Svein yang menghimpun persatuan dengan 11 klan lainnya untuk menghalau monster Trow yang mengancam klan-klan mereka. Pengingat kematian 12 leluhur yang melindungi kota mereka ditandai dengan pagar pembatas dan makam-makam bersejarah di perbukitan. Tempat keramat berbahaya yang tabu didatangi setelah hari gelap. Betapun besarnya keinginan Halli untuk menjadi seorang pahlawan seperti leluhurnya, dia punya ke ...more
Cintya Larasinta
ya Tuhan...saya ingin sekali membaca ini dan bingung harus mencari di mana harus mendapatkan novel ini. tampaknya saya telat membeli pula, HUH!

Setelah mendapatkan novel ini langsung kubaca dan menikmati membaca yg begitu lama mengalir penuh laga, petualangan milik Halli Sviensson, mempertahankan harga diri atau mau mencoba seprti kisah Svien yg terkenal pahlawan di klannnya. Tokoh2 nya bagus, terasa sekali, juga alur cerita yang enak dibaca.
Feb 18, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite surprised to like this book as much as I did. Not the usual type of book I read however... Halli Sveinsson is short, ugly, and far from a hero at all. Born on a cloudy mid-winters day, Halli is destined for the short life of a trouble making misfit. Partly true Halli wants to escape the walls that "protect" the valley from "trows" monsters that live underground. Soon that desire is pushed aside when Halli wants only to get revenge on Olaf from the house of Hakon for a cowardly murder ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
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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
Aug 05, 2010 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2011 Kelly Bryson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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
Apr 19, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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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
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“But I do get afraid. It's just that fear makes me sort of . . . angry and resentful, and I bite back at it. It's hard to describe."

It isn't hard to describe, you idiot," Aud said. "It's called courage.”
“Ah, you coward! Look at you, running."

"Actually, it's called improvising.”
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