July 6, 2010
July 6, 2010
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 aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with the everyday chores and shepherding, he can't help himself from 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 Hakonsson, 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 novel is a funny and epic saga, as well as a surprising look at the real meaning of heroism.
A master of complex characters, children's book author Jonathan Stroud (the Bartimaeus Trilogy) returns to fantasy with the gripping story of Halli Sveinsson, a hero in the making. The short, dark-haired young sheep herder is a prankster who enjoys a good practical joke, and doesn't really fit in with his blonde family. After a joke gets on the bad side of Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, Hallli is forced to leave home and discover the truth about his roots. Along the way he meets a tough girl named Aud and finds out that things are not what they seem at home.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: General, People + Places / Europe, Action + Adventure / General
- Age: Teen
- Language: English
- Author: Jonathan Stroud
- Online Item #: 12352446
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0629
- ISBN: 9781423109679
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported