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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (35 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9780743583695
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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!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evy Bernier | 1/21/2014

    " This book was good, the first book in the series was great. There was not enough development in the characters for my tastes. Too much responsibility was given to two young children that acted like children. The final line of the book was just bad, there was no need to go there. Thorgil had not been called Jill by him through the whole book so why start then. The adventure was interesting and kids who loved the first book should enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/17/2014

    " I really really really enjoyed this series, especially as read by Gerard Doyle. Very good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 12/26/2013

    " Nice conclusion to this trilogy. This one concentrated on the Fin folk or merpeople, as well as plague. I liked to read about all the different belief systems in these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Stewart | 12/24/2013

    " I liked it as well as the previous two, even though a lot of people on here said they were disappointed with the ending. I like how she takes the actual time period and blends it with the mythology--that is a hard thing to do and few have done it so successfully. She also has excellent story writing craft with how she builds and shapes the story and I like the characters and her writing style is beautiful. But I liked it on more of a cerebral "nicely done" level then in a sink into the story and get lost inside of it level. I wasn't carried away at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 12/17/2013

    " This book was a bit of a disappointment compared to its predecessors. It seemed to have lost its charm and the plot was a bit iffy. I lost interest in the characters and couldn't find myself to be riveted by the action. Not a bad book, just a bit of a letdown after the first two books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/12/2013

    " I wish this series was going to continue - I would love to see what happens next. I love these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 12/6/2013

    " Nancy Farmer needs to write a fourth book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra Spangler | 11/28/2013

    " It was a really good book, I wasw shut up on my room for several days reading this book, it's the conclusion to The Sea of Trolls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 10/15/2013

    " Third and final book in the Sea of Trolls series- it's a good follow-up to the previous two but I wasn't totally wowed by it. I think I was disappointed by the lack of magic... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheyenne | 10/12/2013

    " This book was great! I was counting down the days till i could get it! I loved sea of trolls and the land of the silver apples! I hope any one who reads it will be pleased "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 10/10/2013

    " Thorgill, Jack and the bard are all back on their island, when the village bell calls a dead mermaid back to avenge her death. Jack is the only one who can stop her from unbalancing the nine worlds. S "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brielle | 9/3/2013

    " This series was great!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yuki | 5/5/2013

    " It's fascinating to look at a time when pagan religions & early Christianity co-existed in what is now the UK. But overall an unsatisfying ending to the trilogy. I see a follow-up series brewing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 11/26/2012

    " A pretty good potential conclusion to the series. As is often the case, the end is only a beginning. If she leaves it here, I'd be satisfied and yet if she chooses to add more I'd eagerly read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ezra | 10/11/2012

    " It was a fitting final book and very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 9/19/2012

    " Surprisingly, Jack and Thorgil end up at Hogwarts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 7/29/2012

    " So, I LOVE this trilogy, and I loved this book. Right up until the very end, where I got terribly confused and don't really understand what happened. I think I might be dense. Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Beran | 5/6/2012

    " Loved this series. Farmer is a really good writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 3/4/2012

    " This book was a pretty nice end to the series, but there was something about the ending that seemed abrupt. I mean, I liked it and all, but I felt it could have been slightly better. I'm not sure how, but it just didn't feel up to par. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nukeyeti | 2/8/2012

    " Fantastic up until the sucky ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Simmons | 7/10/2011

    " this is good. i like it some what "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giedra | 7/1/2011

    " See my review for Sea of Trolls. This was the weakest of the 3 books, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlajo | 4/29/2011

    " This was an absolutely wonderful book. There were several sentences that I put in my own personal quote book in an effort to commit them to my brain, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/2/2011

    " Enjoyed this sequel a bit better than the first one. Good read for tweens with an exciting adventure. Not sure that I'm so enamored that I'll keep reading the series though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janalyn | 3/1/2011

    " I think this was our favorite of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 2/25/2011

    " The character development was wonderful. Also the description made the hardships very realistic. Perfect for a younger person "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dubhe | 1/29/2011

    " Ich fande das vorhärige besser, aber das Buch ist immer noch klasse. Hoffentlich kommt noch ein 3 Teil raus! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2011

    " liked this book a lot. didnt remember it as much as the first one, but still enjoyable. lots of fantasty at play, with action and adventure to tie it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?????? ?ass??d?a | 12/21/2010

    " It was a good book, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TEENS | 11/9/2010

    " Review by Elizabeth

    The information at the end showed that it was based on true things. I liked how it was literally a can't put down book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/8/2010

    " You need to read the first book to understand the second one. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy FarmerNancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include The Lord of Opium, The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.
About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.