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The Silver Sea Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (October 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-Toki's and Freydis's lives are forever changed by a raid by Sulke, their father's enemy, while he is away. Freydis, 16, is severely injured, and 18-year-old Toki is taken prisoner. When their father, Ohthere, returns and finds his village destroyed and his son missing, he sets sail to find him and seek revenge. Using descriptive language, the author paints a vivid picture of the ninth-century Norwegian setting and the characters, providing ample images for readers' imaginations. Ohthere's love for his son and his disdain for his daughter are obvious. In fact, he is upset that Freydis survived the attack while her brother was captured. He reluctantly gives Freydis a slave, Enno, for protection, and the two develop a close bond and respect for one another. In his quest for revenge, Ohthere finds his son but encounters more problems from Sulke. Freydis, Enno, and Toki grow stronger during their ordeal, and Enno proves himself to be a true friend and warrior. Freydis learns that she is not worthless while Toki finds the courage to speak his mind. Children may have some difficulty with the unfamiliar terminology, but will find this book a satisfying read.-Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

A raid on a Viking village leaves 16-year-old Freydis seriously injured and her older brother Toki taken prisoner by the attacking pirates. When their father returns to what is left of the village, he gives Freydis an African slave, who is called Blue Man for his blue-black skin. Freydis and Blue Man are left with a neighboring tribe while her father pursues the pirates. Toki manages to escape, but he, Freydis, and Blue Man are set on a collision course with the pirate king. This engaging historical tale features plenty of rousing adventure and some hard truths about love—both familial and romantic. There are also passages that encourage readers to be tolerant of cultures other than their own. Golding includes a brief author’s note that describes the historical facts at the root of the story and a short glossary that helps with the characters’ references to Norse mythology. This addition to the growing number of Norse and Viking tales will be enjoyed by fans of Judson Roberts’ Strongbow Saga or Tim Severin’s Odinn’s Child (2006). Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch

More About the Author

My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers. I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest (Essex, UK) and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories. After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones - a cause about which I still feel very passionate.

Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees. I plan my books while walking our dog, Caspar, on Port Meadow by the Thames or Isis.

My first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). I was also chosen by Waterstone's in 2007 as one of their 'Twenty-five authors for the future'. 'Empty Quarter' was longlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009; 'Wolf Cry' in 2010. In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.

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I found this story absorbing but wasn't pleased with the sad ending.
Rhiana Jones
It is a very absorbing story that subtly teaches about all about the culture of the Vikings and other northern indigenous people.
Unity Dienes
Some readers may struggle with the language but I did not find it problematic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First thing, which really does not matter at all, is that I cannot figure out why they changed the name of the book. The new name, Silver Sea, does not really have any correlation to the story. Yes, they spend a lot of time sailing on the waters, which are probably silver sometimes when the light shines off of them the right way, but there is actually a prophecy in the story referred to as 'Wolf Cry.' I could not find an image of the cover I read that was the right size, so exhibited enjoy the more Viking-ish cover! Pointless change is pointless.

Last year, I read my first book by Julia Golding: Dragonfly. Although the story was largely predictable, I loved it. The characters were engaging and felt like real people. (And the P&Pish nature of the romance held appeal too.) I expected this book to be much the same: predictable, but quite enjoyable and clever in spite of that.

Well, I was wrong. I totally thought I knew what was going to happen. But I was wrong. For one thing, I didn't get the super happy ending that I was expecting. Most books for teens end pretty happily, although I can name a good selection that don't, although most are somewhere in the middle of a series or a dystopia. In this instance, the sad ending does make for a more realistic story given the setting. Still, I was rooting for the characters and hoped all the good people would get to have everything they wanted and the bad people die.

Julia Golding writes strong women, although not necessarily physically strong. They are clever, resourceful and determined. Although I recommend Dragonfly more than Silver Sea, I will definitely be reading more Julia Golding and think she is a fantasy author well worth trying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on July 16, 2013
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I read this to preview it for use with my daughter for a homeschool unit on Vikings, and I loved it. It is a very absorbing story that subtly teaches about all about the culture of the Vikings and other northern indigenous people. Everything from their economic system, clothing, food, lifestyle, the role of women, farming, religion, housing--it's all woven into the narrative in an unobtrusive but very informative way. The romances in the book are clean and chaste, with a single light kiss on the lips mentioned. There is a lot of violence, but no mention of sexual violence. Some families might be disturbed by the devotion of the characters to their gods, especially as it does seem in the book as though the gods are responding to their prayers and sacrifices. Other families will just be intrigued by all the information conveyed about Norse mythology and its believers.

During most of the book, I was enraptured both by the book and how I imagine my daughter will love it. The girls in the book are so strong and such great role models, that I was thinking it would be a fantastic read for her. The main character, although in a sense a kind of "princess," is more of a warrior than a coddled child needing to be rescued. In this book, almost everyone needs help and rescue at some point, and there is room for lots of bravery. There are many battles and lots of exciting action scenes. Many people die.

The end---well, it's not a Hollywood ending. I think it is very realistic, and ties up all the questions very well, and even, looking back, is foreshadowed multiple times. But even knowing intellectually how it's a good ending, it was not the happily-ever-after I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Miller VINE VOICE on August 15, 2013
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Summary:
Freydis is the daughter of Ohthere, who is currently out on a voyage. While he is away, Freydis's brother, Toki is in charge of their people. They are raided by Sulke, who destroys the village, kidnaps Toki and the other women and children survivors, but Freydis manages to escape. When Ohthere comes back, he is enraged to find out that Toki has been kidnapped and his worthless daughter survived. Ohthere sets out to get revenge and leaves Freydis behind with his newly acquired slave, Enno. Enno and Freydis begin to have more than a typical master-slave relationship. There is a definite friendship with some hints of something more. The two journey together in hopes of finding some acceptance in a very difficult setting.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how everything kept moving forward. After reading two books that seemed to go no where, this was a breath of fresh air. There was so much action that I never wanted to put the book down. Golding is a strong writer who has a beautiful voice. She doesn't give everything away, but the book is predictable enough to encourage a 5th grade reading level to keep going. She doesn't use a ton of difficult vocabulary words so this is easily enjoyable for many age levels. The only thing that would prevent me from giving this to a younger child would be the amount of violence. It is the Vikings and there is a good deal or Nordic mythology. This includes some sacrifices, and there is a lot of fighting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Half Fast Farmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2013
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The heroine is charming and believable. She is strong and smart in a culture where that is not valued. After a raid that takes her brother, she is given a slave "the blue man".

While the viking era has appeared often in movies and novels, I felt like this was a more realistic depiction of the time. The harshness of life was written well. Our girl and her slave spend a great deal of time together and develop feelings for each other.

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Given the fact that they had developed feeling for one another and this is a realistic novel, it can only end badly. And it does. It was a violent and harsh time.
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