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The Land of the Silver Apples (Sea of Trolls #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,946 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
Sometimes magic doesn't always do what one intends...especially when one is a bard-in-training. A New York Times bestseller. ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 29, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited when I saw this on the bookstore shelves, because I really enjoyed the first one, and I'm a huge admirer of Nancy Farmer in general.

I enjoyed the adventure, and certainly the kids who liked Sea of Trolls will love this one, too. However, I was disappointed in the mythology and folklore allusions in this one. Perhaps it's just that the world of hobgoblins and elves is more well-trodden than the realms of Nordic mythology that Farmer introduced us to in the first book. The stor
Mar 31, 2014 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love how it just threw me into a land where just about anything could happen. Had a lot of suspense, and got me wanting more every time I set down the book! One of my favorite books because of the historical ties.
Oct 15, 2007 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Ooh, I wanted to *love* this book as much as I loved Sea of Trolls. But as happy as I was to see Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard again, I just wasn't as thrilled with this one as I was with its predecessor. The characters were great, especially the new monks and the hobgoblins, but the story meandered entirely too much and I often got confused as to how things related to each other. But still, a fun read and I liked it. I will definitely read the next one...
Low three, honestly. Didn't grab me like the first book and I struggled to finish. The narration is quite good though.

There's lots of religious backgrounds and mythologies or whatever mixed into this. Sort of a "there are many ways to heaven" deal, so maybe not for kids (or adults) who are keen on sticking to nothing at all or their own kind.

I got lost in the names and places and events a bit. It didn't help that I took one or two big breaks in my listening, but still.

The writing was fine. I
I was so excited to read this book. I LOVED The Sea of Trolls. It was a five star for me and I enjoyed it so much.

But a mere 50 pages into this book, I could tell something was wrong. Something was up. And here arose my first, and huge, issue about this book that quickly changed the rating from a "probably 5 stars" to a "definitely 4 stars or lower".

The characters were so very different. And in a bad way. You suddenly get thrust into the characters and they are so terribly, terribly different. I
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
First off, let me say that the ‘AD 790, Britain’ part of this blurb is complete nonsense. If you’ll recall, the first book apparently takes place in 793 AD. So either the blurb writer is confused about the timeline or does not know that AD goes forward while BC goes backward. If you’re really picky, let’s just say that this book takes place 3 years later, in 796 AD.

I love this book because we finally learn why Lucy is such a brat. That may seem like a lame reason to like a book, but I really, tr
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I liked this one quite a bit better than "Sea of Trolls".

Of course you don't know but I thought the first book in this series was one that certainly some people would thoroughly enjoy while others, like myself, would find it 'meh'. The problems had nothing to do with writing so much as the plotting and lack of satisfactory character development in the main character Jack. (The secondary characters were much more interesting.)

In this second volume, we get to see Jack develop a bit, plus there ar
Jan 28, 2008 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one, The Sea of Trolls, because it didn't seem to be as original as that one (I'd never read anything about Norse berserkers before!) but it was still fun. Jack is back home in Saxon England, but his sister is not behaving nicely at all, she's a very spoiled brat, and so their father takes them to the local monastery to have her exorcised, fearing that she's possessed. Well, it turns out she's a changeling--Jack's real sister was kidnapped while ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Kurtis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in this series way back in about 6th grade. Back then, I thought that it was a great book. Now, all that I remembered about it is that the main character learned some magic. I usually enjoy those kinds of books, so I thought I would read the second book. What a bad decision! It dragged on and on and I just kept hoping something more interesting might happen. At one point, there's an earthquake, and the author somehow managed to make that part boring! There was no climax in ...more
Jul 27, 2007 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoy nancy farmer, as she does a fantastic job of weaving tales and making them feel very accessible to all readers (The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is just brillant). The Land of the Silver Apples is the second book involving the children from The Sea of Trolls, and Jack journeys to the Fairie World to rescue his sister, picking up strange friends and having adventures along the way. Thorgil, the daughter of a berserker, provides great comic relief. Although I was amused, I feel overall ...more
I liked this book but it gave me a massive headache with the crazy facts about Elf Land and Middle Earth.
Joanna Brauckmann
A great sequel to the Sea of Trolls! The size might intimidate some kids, but the adventures that Jack has as a bard-in-training makes it hard to put down and of course they'll sympathize with Jack as he struggles with envy, self-control, anger, and disappointment. Tolkien is the only other author I know who took such pains to explain mystical creatures and legends, but at such a level with density of information that children could never follow. Farmer does an excellent job of presenting differ ...more
May 17, 2016 Sebass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the third trimester I read The Land Of The Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer from the Sea of Trolls series. This was a fascinating book about a young boy named Jack. In the last book Jack got captured by Northmen and taken as a slave to be sold on the market. Then he tells them he is a Bard which means he can do magic so they treat him as a friend and take him on adventures. At the end of the book Jack Returns home to his family. In the second book it starts in the village that Jack lives in. ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Honestly, while I did like it somewhat, I enjoyed this sequel far less than I enjoyed the first in the trilogy, The Sea of Trolls. The book has all of the flaws of the first, which I considered minor matters then, but which actually seem to be compounded and joined by new problems. The Land of the Silver Apples follows Jack, Thorgil and Pega, a new character, as they journey underground to Elfland, the home of the earthy, oddball hobgoblins and their perilous yet beautiful neighbors, the elves, ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Not Have the Same Spirit as the First Book in This Trilogy.

Published by Simon and Schuster Audio in 2007.
Performed by Gerald Doyle
Duration: 13 hours, 31 minutes.

It is the year 794 and Jack, the 13-year-old Bard-in-training from what is now the United Kingdom is on a new mission. Having recently returned from his adventures with the Vikings and the Frost Giants (detailed in Book #1 of this trilogy, The Sea of Trolls ) Jack's new adventure begins with a mid-winter ceremony led by hi
Melissa Dwyer
Jun 02, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally rated E by Lori Hoag
This sequel to The Sea of Trolls resumes when Jack has returned to his village in England during late 700 AD, a time of transition from the old gods to Christianity. At a celebration, his sister creates problems through her selfishness that lead to her kidnapping, and also to a great calamity falling on the small village where they live. Jack is determined to find her, so he and several others arm themselves with human and magical weapons and leave on a quest to fi
Gretchen Brock
Sep 15, 2016 Gretchen Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-420-books
Category: Nancy Farmer; Fantasy

The main character, Jack, is thirteen. The book is about discovering what is wrong with his bratty sister, and the answer is--she's an elf. He and his companions travel to rescue Lucy, find his real "swapped-at-birth" sister, and return the land back to "Life." He's on the lower end of the teen spectrum, but the book's characteristic of a thick novel, fantasy series is popular with teens. Also, a thirteen-year-old in the books is claimed to be an "adult." Age isn't
Jun 03, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like _Sea of Trolls_, I read this with my son, 8, over the course of many nights. The continuing story of Jack and the myths of the middle ages is wonderful, with all the action and magic one could want. This time, Jack has to deal with his sister, Lucy, who has never fit into his peasant family. Along the way he has help from a pious father, his pagan mentor, a slave girl and even Thorgil the shield-maiden. The meshing of all the belief systems is even better than _Trolls_, but there isn't quit ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Tirzah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Norse and Celtic Mythology Lovers
Shelves: fantasy
The Land of the Silver Apples gives readers another exciting adventure of Jack and Thorgil. Readers are also introduced to new characters...some likable and not so likable!

I liked this installment as well as the first one. The books are quite different in the sense that Sea of Trolls was like a sea-faring quest full of Norse mythology and action while this one was centered more on the English style of fantasy, such as elves and changelings. We see interesting sides of Jack as his character cont
Mar 12, 2016 Rhett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not my favorite. I loved the first book, but my taste may have changed. I felt that the description dragged and repeated, I thought a lot of the new characters were weak, I enjoyed the bugaboo and nemesis but couldn't stand Lucy, Brutus, and Pegga.

Overall it was alright, but this book had way too much philosophy mashed together with its attempt to show the interconnectivity of religions and I felt like the plot was discarded whenever an opportunity to talk about this universalist persp
Henry DeHaan
Apr 25, 2014 Henry DeHaan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series was a wonderful book, successfully folding Norse mythology into an engaging piece of historical fantasy. This book is a little less satisfying (largely due to the relative lack of Vikings). Still, the book does a marvelous job blending fairy lore, Arthurian legend, Norse myths, and Christian hagiology into an enthralling book in its own right. Nancy Farmer walks a complicated folkloric tightrope of her own making, and she makes it seem effortless. All the while, she ...more
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Sea of Trolls, but that might be diminishing returns - I forget books quickly so reread Trolls before reading this. Or it could be that I liked the basic set-up (Northmen! Jotunheim!) more than Apples (hobgoblins, elves), or that Trolls is genuinely sharper. Either way, it's still a highly entertaining, sophisticated read (I appreciated the Pictish symbols at the back) and Thorgil remains as awesome as ever, even if she can no longer go berserk. Looking f ...more
Michael Mcdaid
Aug 28, 2015 Michael Mcdaid rated it it was ok

This story continues the saga of Jack who is in training to be a bard. He is under the instruction of Dragon Tongue a very skilled bard. This is the sequel to Sea of Trolls.
This novel starts off with a issue when Jack's sister Lucy wants to wear a iron necklace to the need fire. The Need Fire is an occassion which was carried out to keep the Jotuns in their own realm. Jotuns are a giant like creature. The Iron Necklace is strictly forbidden and causes issues in the village.
One of the
Llyr Biehler
When I was ten I finally picked up the domineering book my Aunt had sent me a year ago. I was worried it would be long and boring, but instead I had found a novel that would become my favorite book for years to come. This book was the Sea of Trolls. When I was thirteen, I discovered at my school library that there were two sequels. I checked them out as fast as I could. After finally getting my hands on this book I was... disappointed. There was a much different feel to this book. While the last ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Jul 23, 2015 Becky Keir Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fairies
Part 2 in this trilogy takes place one year from where The Sea Of Trolls ended. Jack is continuing his training as a bard, and Lucy is still the selfish brat she was in the previous book. An important ceremony is about to take place, and Lucy is given an important role. However, she ignores an important rule and wears a metal necklace which causes complete chaos. Instead of handing the situation, her father continues to indulge her, and a slave girl, Pega has to fill in the ceremony. Lucy demand ...more
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Jack ha cumplido 13 años, sigue entrenando bajo el viejo Bardo, y su padre sigue brindandole todos sus caprichos a su hermanita Lucy. Sin embargo un cambio se acerca a sus vidas en medio de una ceremonia sagrada de encender el fuego en la noche más larga del año, y algunos secretos son revelados.

Jack, el Bardo, y su padre emprenden un viaje buscando hallar una cura para Lucy, y encontrar algo perdido hace muchos años. Le acompaña Pega, una jovencita de su edad, ex-esclava tan poca agraciada fisi
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack, the Bard’s apprentice, sets off on a rescue quest when his sister Lucy is kidnapped by Elves. His companions are an unreliable slave/rightful-heir-to-the-throne and a recently freed girl-slave who worships the ground Jack walks on. They meet many magical creatures, re-discover some old friends, and have lots of exciting adventures along the way. I thought this was an excellent sequel to Sea of Trolls. It expanded the mythology of the land while developing the characters already introduced ...more
Ok, I wasn't really impressed with this book. The book is rather slow and I understand that as a fairy tale-esque story it might not suppose to be action, action, action, but really everything in this book too far to long to do. The book doesn't even leave for the adventure through nearly the first eighth of the book.
I did find the the blending of the cultures of Druidic, Norse and Christian interesting and the interaction between the characters of these faiths was unique. I didn't understand ex
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