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The Islands of the Blessed (Sea of Trolls Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Farmer
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In this much-anticipated conclusion to the Sea of Trolls trilogy, Notland is no place to seek one's true calling. Or is it?


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Grade 5–9—This concluding volume of Farmer's trilogy opens with a storm that brings new adventures and challenges for apprentice bard Jack, who is now 14. A destructive, restless spirit has been drawn to his village by the presence of a magical bell, and Jack, his friend Thorgil, and the Bard set out on a journey to the magic Notland, home of the mermaids, in order to set the spirit to rest. As in the previous books, there are challenges and enemies aplenty, and readers will enjoy revisiting characters from those titles, including Jack's changeling sister. The conclusion brings the characters to a new understanding of their own pasts and strengths. Jack and Thorgil's often-rocky relationship gives humor and humanity to both characters, and the Bard continues to be enticingly magical. As always, Farmer excels at the details that bring a magical world to life, from food to smells to travel inconveniences, and her merfolk are inhuman and powerful. Readers who appreciate strong fantasy with mythic roots will find this an intriguing read.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI END

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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 Reveiws, Starred Review

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, Humor and Thought-Provoking Juxtapositions October 26, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Jack, an apprentice bard, and his friend Thorgil, a shield maiden, have survived many adventures together. They have traveled the Hollow Road deep underground. They have visited Jotunheim, land of the trolls. They have even seen Yggdrasil, the world tree. But right now, life seems unbearably quiet in Jack's Saxon village. That is, until the ringing of a magic bell draws unwanted guests. Now, Jack and Thorgil must venture out again to quell restless spirits and right a wrong done long ago by their friend, Father Severus.

THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED is the third installment in Nancy Farmer's The Sea of Trolls trilogy. Set after the Viking raid of the island monastery of Lindisfarne in 793, her series explores the collision of Christian, Pagan and Norse cosmologies against a background of magic and mythological creatures. The final book also confronts some of the uglier aspects of these belief systems, whether it is the severe penitence Father Severus demands of his fellow Christians or the ceaseless battle that is part of Valhalla, the Northman paradise. As servants of the life force, Jack and Thorgil must put aside their pasts and prejudices to heal the wounds that have been committed in the names of various different deities.

THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED continues Nancy Farmer's strong tradition of research. Some of the most fantastical elements of the story come from genuine historical beliefs and superstitions. Her descriptions of Notland, land of the fin folk, are very much based on lore and legend from the time. The same is true of her account of "the flying venom," a name for various plagues that afflicted the medieval world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars close to a trilogy November 16, 2009
Format:Hardcover
This third book of this Nancy Farmer focuses more on the society and relationships and less on adventure. It is a nice close of the series, but not a grand finale. I would recommend it for completeness and zeitgeist, but do not expect a story as engaging as the first book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Would Beg Nancy Farmer to Keep This Series Going June 13, 2010
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Format:Hardcover
This is supposedly the last book to the Sea of Trolls series, but finishing this book will make you wish it wasn't. Nancy Farmer has said that a continuation is a possibility, but if it does happen, it would only be after she finishes the sequel to The House of the Scorpion. I wish she would hurry! Without giving away too much, the ending is fairly satisfactory, but there's still much more that Jack and Thorgil can go on to do. This is definitely a must-read if you've read the earlier books or any of Nancy Farmer's books. My favorite aspect of the book is how much character development there is between Jack and Thorgil. I really would like Nancy Farmer to continue just so I can stick around to read more about these two protagonists. Some people have said that this book wasn't as good as the previous ones because it has less action. That's partly true. It is true that The Islands of the Blessed has less action, but for me personally, I love the development and the "lessons" that this book has more of. I really hope that Nancy Farmer doesn't cut us off right here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories and Spooky Adventures November 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Jack, an apprentice bard, and his friend Thorgil, a shield maiden, have survived many adventures together. They have traveled the Hollow Road deep underground. They have visited Jotunheim, land of the trolls. They have even seen Yggdrasil, the world tree. But right now, life seems unbearably quiet in Jack's Saxon village. That is, until the ringing of a magic bell draws unwanted guests. Now, Jack and Thorgil must venture out again to quell restless spirits and right a wrong done long ago by their friend, Father Severus.

THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED is the third installment in Nancy Farmer's The Sea of Trolls trilogy. Set after the Viking raid of the island monastery of Lindisfarne in 793, her series explores the collision of Christian, Pagan and Norse cosmologies against a background of magic and mythological creatures. The final book also confronts some of the uglier aspects of these belief systems, whether it is the severe penitence Father Severus demands of his fellow Christians or the ceaseless battle that is part of Valhalla, the Northman paradise. As servants of the life force, Jack and Thorgil must put aside their pasts and prejudices to heal the wounds that have been committed in the names of various different deities.

THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED continues Nancy Farmer's strong tradition of research. Some of the most fantastical elements of the story come from genuine historical beliefs and superstitions. Her descriptions of Notland, land of the fin folk, are very much based on lore and legend from the time. The same is true of her account of "the flying venom," a name for various plagues that afflicted the medieval world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This can't be the end Nancy Farmer! December 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We have listened to and read all three of these books and are in complete disbelief that there will only be three. Farmer has created an amazing world full of complicated and thoughtful characters. Please, more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son was beyond excited and happy with this book.
Published 26 days ago by Jennifer Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars but not my favorite and I did not like how it
If you've got this far then you have to finish, but not my favorite and I did not like how it ended
Published 1 month ago by 6x6
5.0 out of 5 stars Great audiobook, great price
My children and I enjoyed this audiobook. This is the third in a trilogy, and we all agree that the first and third books are our favorites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mama13
4.0 out of 5 stars nice. Thank
This book is as it should be,nice. Thank you
Published 3 months ago by kellie dean jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the islands of the blessed
Absolutely great ending to the series. Loved every part of it
Published 3 months ago by isaiah
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
This book was long which was good and it was the best book ever. I recommend reading this amazing book
Published 4 months ago by Jonah Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A+++
Published 4 months ago by LEONARD SECREST
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, children, monsters, giants, magic. What more could you ask...
Two young English children learn to appreciate other cultures. Well, at least the brother does. There is no danger from the trolls, it turns out, but beware of half-trolls!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie Molchan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for pre-teens and young teens
Both my sons, ages 12 and 13 really enjoyed this whole series and read the books quickly one right after the other. They told me to give the Sea of Trolls Trilogy five stars!
Published 9 months ago by Amy DeLuca
5.0 out of 5 stars I would definitely recommend this book.
Im just 10 years old but I think this story is amazing. It has many cliff-hangers and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Published 9 months ago by michael o johnson
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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, the Trolls trilogy, three picture books for young children and an adult novel, A New Year's Tale. Nancy Farmer grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and lives with her family in Arizona.

The Lord of Opium, sequel to The House of the Scorpion, will be published in Fall 2013.

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