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The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
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Dec 30, 11

bookshelves: juvenile-fiction
Read in January, 2009

A good series for upper middle grades. The main characters include Saxons and Northmen (Vikings)...as well as trolls and other fantastical creatures. The author incorporates a lot of historical information into the books along with the fantasy stuff, and includes a section at the end of each book describing which aspects of the stories were based on real buildings or musical instruments or types of characters or legends. Some characters are Christian, some practice the Norse religion (worshipping Odin), and some are more Celtic/druidic in nature. I found it very interesting how she wove these altogether along with legends about various types of creatures (in the 3 books, you come to learn about trolls, elves, and mermaids, with some features based on beliefs that were held by one or more of the relevant civilizations, and some stories based on legends about the Christian saints, St. Columba in particular).

I'll be adopting Pega's expression of frustration: "Bedbugs!"
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