Both of these books are by Nancy Farmer and are the first two books in The Sea of Trolls trilogy. My library, at the time I got these two, did not have the third book, but I’ll be getting it as soon as I can because I really enjoyed reading the first two!
Meet Jack. His father treats him like a servant. There are never any compliments for his hard work, he’s ridiculed when he volunteers to help with more chores, and his father openly favors his younger sister and treats her like the princess he tells her she is.
Meet the Bard. An older man who is extremely wise and capable of many mysterious things. He sees potential in Jack and takes him in as an apprentice.
Meet the Northmen. They are a savage group of humans who attack the Holy Isle and Jack’s village. They take a few prisoners to be sold as slaves, among other things, including Jack and his sister Lucy.
Naturally, this book is all about Jack’s adventures after he is captured. Luckily, Jack is intelligent enough to save himself and his sister from the worst fate possible, but things aren’t great and he has his work cut out for him if he plans to escape.
The sequel to “The Sea of Trolls” brings back some familiar faces and introduces us to a few new ones. Pega, for example, is a slave Jack bought out from under his father’s nose.
Lucy is determined to have been possessed and is taken to St. Fillian’s monastery to exorcise the demon. There is an amusing and interesting confrontation that results in Lucy going missing. Jack, Pega, and Brutus (a slave t St. Fillian’s) are forced on a quest to save her and return the water to the area.
The second book in the trilogy is as intriguing and well-written as the first. It will hold your attention and make you wish for another book all about Jack and his adventures. Luckily, there is a third…
Well, I can’t really review a book I haven’t read, can I?! :-D I can’t wait to get this book and read it!
Update: My library got this in for me, I picked it up last night (this was after I typed and scheduled this post), and I started reading it. So far it’s awesome! I’ll get it’s review up ASAP!
Quick note: This is one of the posts that I did rush through and then scheduled to post later so that I could get my to-do list accomplished. :-( These books really deserved much better and I’m sure that I didn’t do them justice with my hastily written reviews.