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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Farmer Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sea of Trolls Trilogy Release Date:
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Foolish boy, whispers the cobwebby voice of the hogboon. You force me to slay you.

But Jack and Thorgil between them possess the rune of protection, and they overpower the soulless spirit who is so intent on murder and marriage, respectively. They've survived worse.

The crowning volume of the trilogy that started with The Sea of Trolls and The Land of the Silver Apples begins with a tornado (Odin on a Wild Hunt, as the young berserker Thorgil sees it). The fields of Jack's village have been devastated, the winter ahead looks bleak, and a monster -- a draugr -- invades the forest outside of town. What's a hogboon in comparison?

In the hands of bestselling Nancy Farmer, the direst prospects are all part of the fun as Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard set off on a quest to right the wrong of a death caused by Father Severus. Destination: Notland, realm of the fin folk, and unfortunately for the adventurers Not Always There. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Opens with a storm that brings new adventures…As always, Farmer excels at the details that bring a magical world to life, from food to smells to travel inconveniences…an intriguing read.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “A wondrous tale of hobgoblins, mermaids and sea hags, Saxons and Northmen, old gods and young bards, thoroughly steeping readers in Norse mythology…a long, beautifully written tale.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dayna Smith | 2/18/2014

    " The final book in the Sea of Trolls trilogy. Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard must travel to Notland to strike a deal with the Fin Folk to right a wrongful death of one of their kind by Father Severus. If they fail not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in their village will be at stake. A wonderful finale to a fantastic series. Boys and girls will love this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Trevor Antrim | 2/11/2014

    " The Island of the Blessed was a less than adequate conclusion to the Sea of Trolls and The Land of the Silver Apples. The book is set with the same characters from the first book, however it strays from the underlying plot of the story. The first two book were about Jack training to be a bard and going on an adventure with Thorgil and other northmen. Yet, the final book strays from this path and enters into various side quests where Jack and Throgil set out to free a wayward spirit who has ravaged Jack's village. It is an altogether unsatisfying end to the series. However, it is still a good book. It is full of details of ancient Nordic adventures that will enthrall the mind of the adventurous reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine Mustread | 2/9/2014

    " Although this could be read as a stand alone novel, knowing the back story would make this #3 in the Sea of Trolls series more interesting and would help get past the slow beginning. I found it challenging and wished I hadn't waited three years in between reading the second and the third books in the series. "

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

    " When an angry ghost arrives on the shores of Jack's village, he, Thorgill, and the Bard must go on a dangerous voyage to pacify her spirit before she hurts anyone. Like the first two books of this series, Islands of the Blessed is packed with adventure after adventure, a vast array of creatures from Celtic, Norse, and Christian mythologies, and an engaging historical background. Like the second book, The Land of the Silver Apples, Farmer may have tried a little too hard to pack in extra adventures and creatures...this makes the book fun and entertaining, but it has the disconnected-wandering-adventures feel of Homer's The Odyssey instead of the tight every-event-has-a-reason feel of Harry Potter. Overall, an excellent book for perhaps the 5th through 8th grades. "

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