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Sea of Trolls, The: Reviewed

Author:Nancy Farmer
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 12 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:2004

Nearly-Christian, Saxon apprentice-wizard boy is abducted by Vikings and learns that even Berserkers (who live to create mayhem) are human and that ancient gods are to be respected and, often, feared, even if one does not worship them.

Nancy Farmer's fairy tale about the intersection of the ancient Norse and Celtic gods with Christianizing Norse folk is awe-inspiring. Unlike the characters that populate other similar stories, Farmer manages to make her characters both archetypal and idiosyncratic.

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