Book review - The Last Vikings by Simon Grey (Age 12+)
The Last Vikings and The Return of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer are local books, set in York and Yorkshire. They tell the story of the last Vikings, who are still living in York in their ancient halls beneath York Minster. The story starts when Peter, a schoolboy who comes to York for the first time, is woken one cold winter night. As he peers out of his bedroom window to the old churchyard below, he is shocked to see Vikings appear out of the fog. The following morning, he creeps downstairs to explore the churchyard himself and meets Sigurd, an old gardener who tends the church grounds.
On Sigurd's instructions, he returns to the church at midnight where he meets the peculiar Dunstable, a Viking scout, who tells him that the last Vikings are about to be attacked. Soon Peter follows Dunstable into the magic snickelways, the invisible passageways through York that hide the Vikings from the city's modern residents. Can Peter and the arrogant Viking Princess save the last Vikings? Will the mysterious Sigurd come to their aid?
This magical tale is set in York, formerly known as Jorvik during the Dark Ages when Vikings ruled the area. It involves the character of Peter who has recently moved to York with his Mum. Yet things become even stranger when one dark night he sees a parade of Vikings around a stone monument in a nearby churchyard. It is when his curiosity leads him to the old church that he bumps into a figure from the ancient past, a genuine Viking. Follow Peter as he discovers the magic of the streets of York, the underground kingdom and his many adventures with his new Viking friends as they fend off the evil troll army of the north who are determined to destroy their civilisation once and for all.
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