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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Farmer Narrator: Gerard Doyl Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sea of Trolls Trilogy Release Date:
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Jack is amazed to have caused an earthquake. He is thirteen, after all, and only a bard-in-training. But his sister, Lucy, has been stolen by the Lady of the Lake; stolen a second time in her young life, as he learns to his terror. Caught between belief in the old gods and Christianity (790 AD, Britain), Jack calls upon his ash wood staff to subdue a passel of unruly monks, and, for his daring, ends up in a knucker hole. It is unforgettable -- for the boy and for readers -- as are the magical reappearance of the berserker Thorgil from a burial by moss; new characters Pega, a slave girl from Jack's village, and the eager-to-marry-her Bugaboo (a hobgoblin king); kelpies; yarthkins; and elves (not the enchanted sprites one would expect but the fallen angels of legend). Rarely does a sequel enlarge so brilliantly the world of the first story. Look for the conclusion in The Islands of the Blessed in 2009. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Farmer beautifully balances pell-mell action and quieter thematic points, especially the drawbacks of immortality and the wild tangle of Christian and pagan traditions in eighth-century Britain.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Jack, Pega and Thorgil prove strong and capable in ways they themselves never suspected, and readers will look forward to the final installment.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gerard Doyle gives an engrossing narration.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Helen | 2/14/2014

    " Very meh fantasy. The human characters were good in theory- shield-maiden turned poet? Sounds great- but underdeveloped, and universally annoyingly petty. Not merely flawed, for all characters must be somehow flawed to be realistic, but simply unlikeable, with hardly a redeeming quality amongst them. The Hobgoblins were much better, in that as a species they are appealing and rather lovable. As individuals, however, they were lacking in personality, and simply quite silly. The setting is irksomely neopagan- irksome because no move is made to justify this, or to argue out the implications. Farmer draws upon Old Norse and Old English mythology and folktales unsparingly, giving her a wide mythological base to build upon, and yet her world still manages to seem somewhat monochromatic and lacking in the richness it should have possessed. The plot, too, though it should have quite focused by the premise of the story, meanders along in fits and starts. I like a good long story, and I can get past a sluggish plot. Yes, the meandering plot would be forgivable- if the tale had characters I could care about, who developed over the course of the approximately 500 pages, or a rich and various world to immerse myself in. As it is... Well, the first book was pretty good; perhaps the last one will be better, but as it is, I have little hope for the series, and it beats me how an author with good ideas and a world ready-built for her could come up with such a rotten tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abbie | 2/12/2014

    " this book is really good and it is interesting and i recomend it to anyone who loves reading as it is quite long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Traci Haley | 1/31/2014

    " This sequel to Farmer's "The Sea of Trolls" proves to be even more fascinating and entertaining. In it, the young Jack returns, this time going on a quest to -- yet again -- save his sister, Lucy, who has been kidnapped by the elves. Along with two ex-slaves, Pega and Brutus, Jack has to traverse the underworld to try to get to elfland. Along the way, he runs into a familiar face and gets many chances to practice the magic the Bard has been teaching him. This story, full of ancient myths and legends, and set in a time when Paganism and Christianity existed shakily together, this story is engaging and utterly delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evan L. | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed this as much as the first one, which is definitely a compliment. I am also looking forward to reading the next one. She kept the story in England this time so there was more about the mythology of that island rather than that of scandinavia. This made for an interesting and different feel from the first book. Definitely recommend this book. "

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