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Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, listening to the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. His is a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council. But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he was not at all handsome or tall, like his attractive blond siblings. He's stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with the everyday chores and sheep herding, he can't help himself from playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf the old servant, to his brother and sister. But when he plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero's quest. Along the way, he will encounter highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. In the end, he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself. Jonathan Stroud's new novel is a hero's saga and coming-of-age--as well as a surprising look at what bravery really means.
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Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.From AudioFile:
The bestselling author writes an epic tale with an unlikely hero. Halli Sveinsson is short in stature, long on relieving his boredom by pulling pranks. He wonders about the boundaries beyond his home, where monstrous Trows are said to roam, but he has no idea of the frightening secrets that await him or how he'll lead his peaceful valley into peril. David Thorn heightens the drama of Halli's adventures. He also brings out the story's wit and wordplay for listeners. Each chapter begins with a short interlude about Svein, Halli's forebear. While this device helps establish the epic tone, it may confuse listeners. S.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Hyperion, New York, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. First printing. 483 pp. From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy comes an epic new adventure--a hero's saga as well as a surprising look at what bravery really means. Seller Inventory # 6448
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Book Description New York, New York,: Disney/Hyperion, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 8vo, 483pps. New York, NY; Disney/Hyperion Books, 2009. 1st edition. Frontispiece map. Young adult fantasy. Purple paper over boards with brown spine lettered in gold. Pictorial dust jacket protected in mylar sleeve. New/New. $15.00. Seller Inventory # 1137
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Book Description 2009. Hardback. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First (1st) Edition. SIGNED by Jonathan Stroud . Book is Unread . Front/Back: New . Spine: New . Printing: First Impression . Year: 2009. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 1181