Book review - West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish
Review by Becky
An epic and action-packed fantasy adventure that weaves together Norse legends, shadowy creatures and an unforgettable hero.When Peer is orphaned he is taken by his wicked uncles to live at their foreboding mill in the shadow of Troll Fell. Here he meets beautiful and spirited Hilde and after a terrifying encounter with the sinister creatures who live below the fell the pair form an inseparable bond. They are thirsty for adventure, so when a Viking longship docks at their village, they decide to set sail for Vinland - a mysterious place across the perilous sea. But are the ship's captain and his sword wielding son really honest sailors? What creatures lurk in the shadows and forests of the new land? And will Peer and Hilde ever return?Spanning years and continents and filled with brilliantly imagined characters and creatures, this is gripping, atmospheric fantasy at its best.
Available on Amazon.com: West of the Moon
West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish
This is a very entertaining combination of three books Troll Fell, Troll Mill and Troll Blood which is a beautiful blend of viking culture and values for young teenagers and a magical mix of nordic folklore that is just as captivating as the more well known norse myths.
Revolving around the adventures of Hilde and Peer as they grow up together and fend off sneaky greedy trolls and discover there is more magic out in the big wide world as well as their quite farm life. I love the detail Katherine adds with little details about viking life such as their clothing, what food they like to eat like bread and butter and grout which sounds yummy, she's even added a nice set of maps and the layout of a longship to the front to further lead the reader into the historical world.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
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