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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Stroud Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, hearing the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. Theirs is a peaceful society, where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council.

But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he is neither handsome nor tall, like his siblings. He’s stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and an aptitude for getting into trouble. Bored with everyday chores and sheepherding, he can’t help playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf, the old servant, to his brother and sister. But when he plays a trick on Ragnar of the House of Hakon, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero’s quest. Along the way, he will encounter highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may be as fearless as he is. In the end he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

Jonathan Stroud’s stunning new novel is a funny and epic saga, as well as a surprising look at the real meaning of heroism.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denver | 2/6/2014

    " This book was a good satifing book. It is a single book so you don't half to wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/3/2014

    " Very haunting, a bit creepier than I usually do. The hero of this story has all the traits of the struggling teenager, but in a non-heroic way. Described as short, bow legged and ugly, Halli has much to overcome. Very interesting plot with some surprising twist. Jonathon Stroud is very good with his ambiguous endings that leave you thinking (you know what I am talking about if you have read the Bartimaeous Trilogy). Not everything is tied up neatly in a package for you, much truer to real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shantesh | 1/29/2014

    " Expected something more from the author of the Bartimeaues Trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Toby | 1/28/2014

    " Here's hoping for another stellar fantasy by Jonathan Stroud - or I may just have to read The Bartimaeus Trilogy for a third time... "

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