After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls. An ALA Notable Book & Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.
Berserkers kidnap 11-year-old Jack and his sister Lucy from their small island in A.D. 793, and they're enslaved by Viking chieftain Olaf One-Brow. A harrowing ocean voyage takes them to Ivar the Boneless, a fierce king dressed in a cape stitched together from the beards of men he's killed, and Queen Frith, Ivar's shape-shifting half-troll wife. Frith's beauty is destroyed when Jack sings to her: "Her features rippled and twisted like the beasts carved on the walls." Frith threatens to kill Lucy if Jack doesn't restore her appearance, so he must seek out a magic well in the trolls' stronghold. He grapples desperately with gigantic spiders, a troll-bear, and dragons before finally returning home with a fire-wizard's staff. Author Nancy Farmer weaves Saxon and Nordic historical and cultural details into this imaginative seafaring adventure. A Kirkus Editor's Choice for 2004.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic, Action + Adventure / General, Family / Siblings, Historical / Europe, Legends + Myths + Fables / Norse, People + Places / Europe, Legends + Myths + Fables / Other, General
- May 23, 2006
- May 23, 2006
- Nancy Farmer
- Rick Britton