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The Islands of the Blessed
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"Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard are off on a new quest in this immensely satisfying conclusion of the trilogy that began with The Sea of Trolls and continued in The Land of the Silver Apples" in this "beautifully written tale" (Kirkus Reviews). It begins with a vicious tornado. (Odin on a Wild Hunt, as the young berserker Thorgil sees it.) The fields of Jack's home village are devastated, the winter ahead looks bleak, and a monster--a draugr--has invaded the forest outside of town. Soon, Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard are off to right the wrong of a death caused by Father Severus. Their destination is Notland, realm of the fin folk, though they will face plenty of challenges and enemies before get they get there. Impeccably researched and blending the lore of Christian, Pagan, and Norse traditions, this expertly woven tale is beguilingly suspenseful and, ultimately, a testament to love. The concluding volume of the heroic Sea of Trolls trilogy from National Book Award winner Nancy Farmer finds Jack and his companions on a journey that may end up righting old wrongs--if they survive.
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About the Author

Nancy Farmer is an internationally bestselling author whose works include The House of the Scorpion, which, in 2002, won the National Book Award. Other books include The Lord of Opium and The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, and The Islands of the Blessed. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.

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"It's a wondrous tale of hobgoblins, mermaids and sea hags, Saxons and Northmen, old gods and young bards, thoroughly steeping readers in Norse mythology. It's also a long, beautifully written tale, expertly weaving together several story lines and informing readers new to the series of crucial plot points from the previous volumes." -- "Kirkus Reviews", Starred Review

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