And Then I Read: THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED by Nancy Farmer

I read this book some time ago and apparently forgot to review it. It’s the third book of a trilogy, the first two are reviewed here:

The Sea of Trolls

The Land of Silver Apples

The Saxon boy Jack lives in a small town on the coast of England around the year 800 A.D. He has been drawn into perilous magic adventures first through an old magician named The Bard, then with his friend the Viking shield-maiden Thorgil. Jack is at the center of three belief systems: Christianity, Norse mythology and Celtic mythology, all of which seem to be in contention for the hearts and minds of the people around him, and the latter two are embodied in very real beings and places he’s visited.

This third book begins when a storm destroys Jack’s small town, and he must go on a quest to set things right with Thorgil and The Bard. It’s an adventure full of danger and unusual characters, including mermaids, hobgoblins, sea hags, and Norse gods, and takes them to the magic land of the title. I know I enjoyed this book just as much as the first two, though I no longer remember many of the details, but all three are full of well-researched lore and legends, impressively creative magic, wonderful characters, and exciting plots.

Recommended!

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