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Frostborn (Thrones and Bones Series #1)
     

Frostborn (Thrones and Bones Series #1)

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by Lou Anders
 

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Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author.
 
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones

Overview

Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author.
 
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.
 
Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.
 
When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.
 
Readers will embark on a sweeping epic fantasy as they join Karn and Thianna on a voyage of discovery. Antics and hair-raising escapades abound in this fantasy adventure as the two forge a friendship and journey to unknown territory. Their plan: to save their families from harm.
 
Debut novelist Lou Anders has created a rich world of over twenty-five countries inhabited by Karn, Thianna, and an array of fantastical creatures, as well as the Thrones and Bones board game.

Praise for Frostborn:
"Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series." -Kirkus Reviews

"A fun, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable tale." -Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Abhorsen trilogy

*"...a powerful, fast-paced tale... The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount." -Publishers Weekly, starred

"...an excellent choice for readers new to the genre. The themes of staying true to oneself, teamwork, and individuality will resonate with readers." -School Library Journal

"...this accessible fantasy brings together two very different children bound by common goals." -Booklist

"The most delightful fantasy I have read in ages. . . . Put me on the waiting list for book 2!" -Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die For Me series

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 06/23/2014
In this Norse-flavored adventure, Anders, editorial director for Pyr Books and editor of numerous anthologies, pits a clever boy and a resourceful half-giant girl against numerous enemies and the hazards of the frozen wilderness. Twelve-year-old Karn has no desire to learn the family business of farming; he’s much more interested in playing the strategy board game Thrones and Bones. Thianna’s human ancestry makes her an oddity and object of derision among her full-blooded giant peers. Nevertheless, Karn and Thianna become reluctant allies and friends when trouble threatens: Karn runs afoul of a malevolent undead lord, while Thianna must flee from her human mother’s people, who seek a long-lost artifact. Though a lot of elements are in play, Anders ties the novel’s threads together in a neatly satisfying way, crafting a powerful, fast-paced tale. Cleverness is valued as much as martial abilities, swiftness of mind as much as strength of sword arm. The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series. Ages 8–12. Agency: Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Karn would rather be playing his beloved board game, "thrones and bones," than learning to become hauld of his father's farm, which has been passed down many generations. He meets Thianna, a half-giant, half-human girl who longs to fit in with the club-wielding frost giants, the only community she's ever known. When a tragedy reminiscent of Shakespeare's Hamlet occurs, the two pair up in order to survive. They soon realize the danger that they're in and that they need each other's unique skills to survive. Aside from the sometimes difficult-to-decipher Norse names, the language is quite easy to understand and that, coupled with the shorter-than-your-average-fantasy length, makes this an excellent choice for readers new to the genre. The themes of staying true to oneself, teamwork, and individuality will resonate with readers. Fans of Matthew Kirby's Icefall (Scholastic, 2011) who bemoaned the lack of magic in that book will enjoy this new series. A good addition to a fantasy collection with potential for future entries.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-15
An obsessive gamer and a sassy half-giant affirm that power lies in being underestimated.As the heir apparent to a powerful farm in Norrøngard (think a fictional Norway), 12-year-old Karn is expected to comprehend bartering techniques (six ewes + six lambs = one cow). His predilection for Thrones and Bones (a traditional Norrønir board game) and disdain for a bucolic existence don't invite any confidence from his father. Thianna is a 12-year-old half-giant and half-human (by way of her deceased mother). At 7 feet tall, she's considered diminutive by giant standards and would "cut her human half out in an instant if she could." When their fathers meet for several days of trading goods, Thianna and Karn strike up an unexpected friendship. Their need for an alliance is accelerated when nemeses from Thianna's mother's past surface, and Karn's life is designated an obstacle by his Machiavellian uncle. Enter: wyverns, a seemingly silent horn, undead assailants, flatulent trolls and one massive dragon. A merging of comedy, action and suspense maintains a promising pace. As present as the lurking danger are two important messages: Focus your energy toward accentuating your strengths rather than regretting weaknesses, and always stand downwind from a troll.Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series. (map, illustrated guide to the Thrones and Bones game) (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"A fun, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable tale." -Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Abhorsen trilogy

"The most delightful fantasy I have read in ages. . . . Put me on the waiting list for book 2!" -Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die For Me series

“In this Norse-flavored adventure, Anders, editorial director for Pyr Books and editor of numerous anthologies, pits a clever boy and a resourceful half-giant girl against numerous enemies and the hazards of the frozen wilderness. Twelve-year-old Karn has no desire to learn the family business of farming; he’s much more interested in playing the strategy board game Thrones and Bones. Thianna’s human ancestry makes her an oddity and object of derision among her full-blooded giant peers. Nevertheless, Karn and Thianna become reluctant allies and friends when trouble threatens: Karn runs afoul of a malevolent undead lord, while Thianna must flee from her human mother’s people, who seek a long-lost artifact. Though a lot of elements are in play, Anders ties the novel’s threads together in a neatly satisfying way, crafting a powerful, fast-paced tale. Cleverness is valued as much as martial abilities, swiftness of mind as much as strength of sword arm. The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

"An obsessive gamer and a sassy half-giant affirm that power lies in being underestimated. As the heir apparent to a powerful farm in Norrøngard (think a fictional Norway), 12-year-old Karn is expected to comprehend bartering techniques (six ewes + six lambs = one cow). His predilection for Thrones and Bones (a traditional Norrønir board game) and disdain for a bucolic existence don’t invite any confidence from his father. Thianna is a 12-year-old half-giant and half-human (by way of her deceased mother). At 7 feet tall, she’s considered diminutive by giant standards and would “cut her human half out in an instant if she could.” When their fathers meet for several days of trading goods, Thianna and Karn strike up an unexpected friendship. Their need for an alliance is accelerated when nemeses from Thianna’s mother’s past surface, and Karn’s life is designated an obstacle by his Machiavellian uncle. Enter: wyverns, a seemingly silent horn, undead assailants, flatulent trolls and one massive dragon. A merging of comedy, action and suspense maintains a promising pace. As present as the lurking danger are two important messages: Focus your energy toward accentuating your strengths rather than regretting weaknesses, and always stand downwind from a troll. Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series. (map, illustrated guide to the Thrones and Bones game) (Fantasy. 10-14)" -Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
Karn is a gamer but in a world likened to a fairy realm. He is an expert at playing the board game “Thrones and Bones” and wants nothing to do with running the farm he is set to inherit. Thianna is a half-breed—part human and part giantess. She is far smaller than most of her clan but is a fierce fighter who often bests bigger opponents in games of fighting. The giants live far in the northern territory but once a year they mix with the humans when they trade with the farm community of Karn’s father. The two kids befriend each other when the groups meet to trade goods. Jealousy from others in their respective communities causes problems for both of them. Karn’s uncle kills Karn’s father, his own brother, and causes Karn to believe he is responsible for his father’s death. Now, the guilt-ridden Karn is driven from his home. He is also running away from undead creatures who are in hot pursuit. Thianna is busy being chased by soldiers riding on wyverns (small dragon-like creatures.) Like Karn, Thianna is on the run, fleeing to protect her family. The two meet as they try to elude their pursuers and end up coming to one another’s rescue. This book is filled with adventure and danger. The two band together despite their differences, using their innate skills to fight their enemies. Karn, an excellent gamer, uses his sense of strategy to best his opponents. Thianna uses her strength and magical giant skills when danger threatens. The bickering and teasing between the two demonstrates the friendship between them and adds a light touch. Both of them are heroic and selfless, willing to face danger to help family and friends. The story is riveting and swift-paced. The threats are intense and the cleverness and tenacity of the young heroes reminds one of Harry Potter and his friends. Anders includes a map and a glossary with pronunciation and definitions for terms used in his world-building. There is also an illustrated rule guide for the author-created board game “Thrones and Bones.” This is a great adventure that should definitely appeal to middle school students. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385387781
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Thrones and Bones Series , #1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lou Anders’s research on Norse mythology while writing Frostborn turned into a love affair with Viking culture and a first visit to Norway. He hopes the series will appeal to boys and girls equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.

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Frostborn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ORM IS AWESOME!!!!!!!
Dizneeee More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of Frostborn by the publisher for an honest review.* In Frostborn, Lou Anders created a fictional world with a bit of mythology and fantasy figures. Think Lord of the Rings, but for a younger crowd. Our story begins with a typical boy who has no desire to take over his family's farm. He would much rather be a kid and play his favorite game, Thrones and Bones. Each year, Karn's family travels to meet and trade with the frost giants. This year, Karn meets Thianna, a half-giant (half human, half giant). Since they're the only 2 "kids", they decide to hang out. While they're playing and talking, they develop kind of a friendship. I loved that Thianna took pride and was happy each time Karn called her big or tall. Since she was a half-giant, she wasn't near as tall as the giants and was often made fun of by some of the younger giants. When we get to the mystery involving a spirit and Karn's [evil] uncle, something bad happens. Karn is then on the run! When the giants get back to their home, there is a group of women hunting for Thianna. She, also, is then on the run! The two of them, fortunately, end up together while they're running and hiding. Once together, the two manage to get into trouble and run into creatures that no one wants to run into. However, since they were together, they were able to survive. If not together, they wouldn't have made it individually. Thianna had some frost magic and brute force, whereas Karn had brains and thinking skills. I really enjoyed that the two of them really relied on one another. They built a fantastic friendship, even though they were running for their lives. I was turning pages so quickly because I was so worried (and excited) as to what was going to come at them next. Karn and Thianna formed an everlasting and strong connection. If you are a fan of middle grade, RPGs, fantasy, LotR, or even The Lion King, you will enjoy Frostborn! Yes, The Lion King! There were so many parallels that it made my little Disney heart pitter-patter!
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!** This book was unlike anything I've ever read before! It follows Karn, a young boy who will take over the family farm after his father dies. He's currently being trained on how to successfully trade with other groups, though he prefers to just sit and play his favorite board game, Thrones & Bones. When his father tells him to come along to a trade with the giants, he of course goes.   At this trade, he meets Thianna, who is a half-giantess. She doesn't fit in with the giants because she's smaller than them, but she doesn't exactly fit in with the humans either. She and Karn instantly become the best of friends and embark on an amazing adventure as Karn is told that he needs to flee.  My favorite thing about this book would have to be that it constantly switched between Karn and Thianna, so the reader got to see what each of them was always doing, even if they were in different places. I also love how in the beginning of this book, it had a map of the entire land. I'm a sucker for fantasy novels with maps in the front! Not only did it have a map, it also had a glossary in the back of all the different words so that the reader wouldn't get lost. BUT WAIT, IT GETS EVEN BETTER. There was also a set of instructions on how to play Thrones & Bones! I will probably end up playing this game with my friends or family, because I'm a total geek.  I did find this book to be a bit predictable at times, though then again it is a children's novel, so that's to be expected. Character-wise, my favorite was Karn just because of how much he grew throughout the novel. He learned to think for himself and he became much more self-dependent; he could protect himself. I absolutely despised Karn's Uncle. He was utterly despicable! I hated him from the very beginning, and with good reason, too. I can't wait to sink into the next book and find out what happens next, because that ending was so good!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Summary- Karn Korlundsson hates the farming life and the fact that he is to become hauld (head leader) of the traveling farm village he lives him. He wants to see the world. Thianna is half-giant, half-human. She is content to stay in her frost giant village, and she strives to be excepted. It is hard being half the height of every giant around her, you know! When dangers arise for the the two of them, they happen to meet up and band together. Thus begins the journey of a life-time for the small boy and the giant girl. They are chased by draugs (evil undead people) and evil female warriors riding winged reptiles. Will these two misfits survive? What I Liked- As a fan of Norse mythology, I am a huge fan of this book, and its Nordic-like setting and lore. The frost-giants are just plain cool. Literally. I like the fact that there is a tough (7′) female protagonist, along with a short boy who can’t even swing a sword. They were great opposites in characters. The Nordic legends are a wonderful touch, and I can’t help but want more. Mr. Anders has written a fine book. His style is a spot-on epic fantasy for middle-graders, with tons of humor, friendship, and adventure. I can’t wait for the next book, especially after that dang-blasted awesome cliffhanger that makes me both happy and angry! (happy that there will be another book, angry (or maybe sad) that I will have to wait) *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much, I liked Persy Jackson, but this is like it and so much awesomer. This book is definentaly my favorite book ever! :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live it. The zombies are funny and im not really a zombie fn but they are my faborited chsracters do far. I am only alf way through the book and i think its 5 star. I rexxomend this to anyone who is okay with or loves zombies, likes fantasy, and dragons. C:C
RBMgl2814 More than 1 year ago
Not just for the younger reader there's plenty of takeaway for the older reader of fantasy solid use of norse culture and myth to develope the protagonists native land and culture well paced the story moves forward well and pays off as you expect while some events are predictable they are not disappointing as they organically arise from the setting and circumstances
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read these types of books but, I just couldn't put it down. A great read. Looking forward to the continuation of this series.