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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.
This, the crowning volume of the trilogy that started with The Sea of Trolls and The Land of the Silver Apples, begins with a tornado and leads to a new destination: Notland, realm of the fin folk, and unfortunately for the adventurers, Not Always There.
"This final chapter of the trilogy begun in The Sea of Trolls gathers steam slowly, but has the same enchanting quirkiness of its predecessors. Jack, the apprentice bard, is now 14 and living with Thorgil, the surly shield maiden, and their mentor, the Bard, in his native village after the scarring experiences of their previous adventure. When a draugr, the undead spirit of a wronged mermaid, is roused by the village priest's mystical bell, her need for justice sends Jack and his friends beyond Saxon lands to Notland, the kingdom of the fin folk, as they seek a way to lay the draugr to rest. Farmer's prose flows easily and the nuggets of action are as lively and unexpected as ever. But Jack is confronting a knottier lesson than before: the mystery of how joy and sorrow intertwine. While the meditative pace this story's complexity calls for replaces the narrative drive of the earlier books, it brings other pleasures and creates a satisfying close for the series — if indeed this is the end. Ages 10 — 14." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this much-anticipated conclusion to the Sea of Trolls trilogy, Notland is no place to seek one's true calling. Or is it?
In thisandnbsp;much-anticipated conclusion to the andlt;Iandgt;Sea of Trollsandlt;/Iandgt; trilogy, Notland is no place to seek oneand#8217;s true calling. Or is it?
About the Author
Nancy 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, in 2002, also won the National Book Award. Other books include 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.
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