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Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
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Dec 23, 09

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Read in December, 2009

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 wonderfully crafted Viking-like world. The reader most probably feels superior, believing neither in the threatening Trows nor in the guardian ancestors (which the characters we like also doubt). The reader is in for a surprise. Plenty of gore and battle scenes although the world has been ruled by women and is supposed to be peaceable. It's about money and political power instead of courage and brawn.
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