Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Heroes of the Valley" by Jonathan Stroud

Heroes of the Valley Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was excited to pick up a copy of this book because Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy is one of my favorites! While some of his subtle humor shines through in 'Heroes of the Valley," his writing style in this novel is quite different. He picks an unseemingly protagonist- a short stocky boy of Svein's House with an unwise tongue that often gets him into trouble, and sends him on a quest to avenge his uncle's murder on his own- a week's journey across the valley to Hork Hakonsson's castle where he discovers he doesn't have the courage to do what he set out to do. But destruction follows in his wake- with the help of Aud of the House of Arnesson, a tall fair-haired and strong minded maid, can Halli Sveinsson build the courage to protect his House fromn the Hakonssons and the monster Trows beyond the cairn wall protected by the Founders, and heroes of all the Houses of the Valley...?

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