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The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer
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Jan 12, 2012

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The Islands of the Blessed is the last installment of Farmer's Trolls Trilogy. Jack is now fourteen, Thorgil is stuck living in his village, and his new friend Pega is happy living with the Bard. When a tornado (Odin's hunt) rips through his village and a vengeful undead spirit responds to the toll of an ancient bellk, Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard set out on another fabulous adventure. This time their journey takes them into the fantastical land of the Finfolk. Jack comes to terms with the responsibility of power, while Thorgil questions her berserker heritage and faith. The novel ends with both children being admitted into the School of the Bards which has been tucked safely away on the Islands of the Blessed. Although not as compelling as Sea of Trolls, this final chapter of Jack and Thorgil's story is another fun ride into lesser known Celtic and Norse mythology. The often conflict ridden syncretism of multiple cultures and religions including Celtic paganism, Christianity, and Norse religion is interesting to imagine. With an excruciatingly long cast list and references to multiple places this book can get confusing. Jack remains overly immature and Thorgil overly confrontational. It's a fun story but a bit "same old same old" when compared with the other two books in the trilogy. Young teenage readers will enjoy this series best as well as anyone with an interest in ancient Celtic and Norse mythology.

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