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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 Doyle Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sea of Trolls Trilogy Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9780743569316
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THE CHILDREN

FROM THE SEA OF TROLLS

BRAVE THEIR WORST

NIGHTMARES -- UNDERGROUND.

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!

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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.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/20/2014

    " i really enjoy nancy farmer, as she does a fantastic job of weaving tales and making them feel very accessible to all readers (The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is just brillant). The Land of the Silver Apples is the second book involving the children from The Sea of Trolls, and Jack journeys to the Fairie World to rescue his sister, picking up strange friends and having adventures along the way. Thorgil, the daughter of a berserker, provides great comic relief. Although I was amused, I feel overall the book was a little too long and that some of the stops along the journey did not do much except add to the total number of pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myuu *Rocket Girl* | 1/18/2014

    " This even better then the Sea of Trolls!9If thats even possible!) I loved the Bard, Brutus, and Father Severus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Klem | 1/14/2014

    " Farmer continues the story of Jack and his family in this book. This is a quick, fasted paced book. A great follow up to The Sea of Trolls cant wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 1/13/2014

    " How could a apprentice in magic fight demons, gods, and dark elves all in one week? The answer is in the land of Silver Apples where time does not move. Awesome book can't wait for the conclusion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Owen | 1/10/2014

    " A lukewarm follow-up to Sea of Trolls. Read it for the return of the characters you love and forgive Ms. Farmer for getting a little bogged down in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook | 1/8/2014

    " (496 pgs) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 1/4/2014

    " If you're a fantasy dork like me, and if you liked "Sea of Trolls" then you will like this. Great characters, a quest, some loss, some gain. Aaaaah . . . now that's good fantasy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brielle | 12/29/2013

    " Wonderful. I loved Jack's continuing adventures! And Pega is a darling new character. Just as with the first, my absolute favorite part is the historical explanations at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crxxe | 12/26/2013

    " Could not finish this. Got bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan M. | 11/2/2013

    " Really awesome book to read. One of my favorites. Full of action! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miss Clark | 10/30/2013

    " This was not actually any less well written than the first volume, but she ruined the story for me by making Lucy a heartless elf. Plus, things were just getting plain difficult to keep interested in at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantel | 9/26/2013

    " Maybe if I read Sea of Trolls and The Land of the Silver Apples back to back I'd like this book better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 9/5/2013

    " This book was much better than The Sea of Trolls. I especially like the Bugaboos. The Elves were EVIL>:(! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 5/4/2013

    " Another really enjoyable escape. The details on early northern European life and religion was fantastic. The story dragged a bit but still had great details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/21/2013

    " Nancy is a very good writer and mixes an interesting world of Old world magic, Christianity and Odinism. a fun book to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/14/2013

    " Simply not as good as the other Nancy Farmer books. A disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leeann Lamphiear | 1/23/2013

    " As a sequel to The Sea of Trolls it took the characters on another high adventure. I look forward to the third book in the trilogy that will be coming out sometime this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 12/7/2012

    " Didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first, but a suitable and enjoyable second adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/12/2012

    " I listened to it on tape, but wasn't a big fan. Rather disturbing for the age group targeted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 7/14/2012

    " This is a continutation to The Sea of Trolls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 4/12/2012

    " Okay, I really liked the characters and hanging out with them, and it looks like there can be a sequel. However, the plot didn't really hang together. And there were a few lines that looked like an editor should have caught them--they looked like they were artefacts from a previous draft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/23/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi Lupher | 2/19/2012

    " As great a pleasure as the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamsyn | 2/6/2012

    " Sequel to the sea of trolls, really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/11/2011

    " Sequal to the sea of trolls. Had to be good. "

  • 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 Farmer

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, A Girl Named Disaster, and The House of Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award. Some of her other books include 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 Menlo Park, California.

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.