By Nancy Farmer
Jack used to be 11 while the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It turns out that issues are stirring around the water," the Bard had warned. "Ships are being outfitted, swords are being forged."
"Is that bad?" Jack had requested, for his Saxon village had by no means prior to noticeable berserkers.
"Of direction. humans don't make ships and swords except they intend to exploit them."
The 12 months is A.D. 793. within the subsequent months, Jack and his little sister, Lucy, are enslaved by way of Olaf One-Brow and his fierce younger shipmate, Thorgil. With a crow named daring center for mysterious corporation, they're swept up into an adventure-quest that follows within the spirit of The Lord of the Rings.
different threats comprise a willful mom Dragon, an enormous spider, and a troll-boar with a shocking character -- to assert not anything of Ivar the Boneless and his spouse, Queen Frith, a shape-shifting half-troll, and several other 8 foot tall, orange-haired, full-time trolls. yet in tales by means of award-winner Nancy Farmer, appearances do lie to. She hasn't ever advised a richer, funnier story, nor provided extra undying encouragement to younger seekers than "Just say no to pillaging."