Farmer, Nancy. The sea of trolls.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position::Young Adult Review - Book Review

FARMER, Nancy. The sea of trolls. Simon & Schuster, Atheneum. 480p. maps. bibliog. c2004. 0-689-86744-1. $17.95. JS*

Jack, a Saxon farm boy, feels lucky to be apprenticed to a druid bard who teaches him how to open his mind to the power of the life force and how to draw on it to do magic. Unluckily for Jack, the year is 793 A.D., when the Vikings first begin their raids on the British Isles, and a Viking named Olaf One-Brow, the giant leader of the Queen's Berserkers, captures Jack and his little sister Lucy. These Northmen take the two off on their ship to their homeland and its rulers, Ivar the Boneless and his terrifying half-troll wife, Frith. At the court, Jack casts a spell that inadvertently causes Frith's hair to fall out, and to restore it he must go on a dangerous quest to find the magical Mimir's Well in the far-off land of the trolls and drink the song-mead it contains--with Lucy's life at stake if he does not succeed. Accompanied by a clever crow and a ferocious warrior maiden, Jack heads out on this perilous adventure filled with dragons, giant spiders, eight-foot-tall trolls, and other hazards.

Farmer, author of the National Book Award winner The House of the Scorpion as well as other notable books for YAs, has...

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