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A young adult Viking adventure from the author of Dragonfly and The Companions Quartet.
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A young adult Viking adventure from the author of Dragonfly and The Companions Quartet.
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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Toki's and Freydis's lives are forever changed by a raid by Sulke, their father's enemy, while he is away. Freydis, 16, is severely injured, and 18-year-old Toki is taken prisoner. When their father, Ohthere, returns and finds his village destroyed and his son missing, he sets sail to find him and seek revenge. Using descriptive language, the author paints a vivid picture of the ninth-century Norwegian setting and the characters, providing ample images for readers' imaginations. Ohthere's love for his son and his disdain for his daughter are obvious. In fact, he is upset that Freydis survived the attack while her brother was captured. He reluctantly gives Freydis a slave, Enno, for protection, and the two develop a close bond and respect for one another. In his quest for revenge, Ohthere finds his son but encounters more problems from Sulke. Freydis, Enno, and Toki grow stronger during their ordeal, and Enno proves himself to be a true friend and warrior. Freydis learns that she is not worthless while Toki finds the courage to speak his mind. Children may have some difficulty with the unfamiliar terminology, but will find this book a satisfying read.—Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX
Kirkus Reviews

Though bursting with bloody battles, romance and sacrifice, this archetypal-hero legend falls prey to unsubtle prose and uneasy racial constructions. In 880 BCE Norway, Freydis survives a pirate attack by her Viking father's blood-feud foe, but she's wounded and her brother is kidnapped. Their hateful father, Ohthere, sails for rescue and vengeance, dumping Freydis with the Sami, a northern tribe. Unbeknownst to Ohthere, brother Toki escapes pirate captivity and befriends another tribe, the Beormas. Ohthere gifts Freydis an African slave named Enno, who has warrior marks on his cheeks but no named culture or religion; he's stereotypically proud and rebellious but values Freydis's life above his freedom. Slavery here is an unsavory combination of destiny and convenient narrative vehicle for getting a dark-skinned man to Norway for plot purposes. The Sami and Beormas exhibit a romanticism oft assigned to tribal peoples. The aftermath of Freydis's ultimate battle sacrifice will tug heartstrings—but only if readers persist through several hundred pages of plodding, overexplanatory prose that makes revelations and epic import feel lukewarm. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761457251
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,470,122
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    Freydis's father has never warmed to her. Still, his anger shocks her when he returns home to find their village destroyed and his daughter the only survivor. Never mind that Freydis is badly hurt. She takes her father's words bravely, but it breaks her heart. She doesn't know what happened to her brother. Her father will take to the seas searching for him. At first, he wants to leave her behind, but Blue Man, the slave he bought her, convinces him to take her along. They head North. Blue Man and Freydis forge a strange friendship. Blue Man's pride makes him refuse to believe he's less of a man because he's a slave. Freydis doesn't push the issue; in fact, she enjoys their discussions. When the two are left together with another Viking tribe, they realize their fates are entwined. They also begin to unravel a prophecy of two wolves who will engage in a great battle between her father's enemy and those loyal to him. THE SILVER SEA has a similar feel to Golding's previous novel, DRAGONFLY. This historical fiction portrays the Vikings in an engrossing manner, complete with raids, small tribes defending themselves, and pirates searching for revenge. The chapters alternate perspectives between Freydis, Enno (Blue Man), and Toki (Freydis's brother). All three must overcome danger and betrayal. They forge deep friendships, and they must find their inner strength and stand firmly for their beliefs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2010

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    A sweeping viking adventure

    Julia Golding has done it again. This is yet another fantastic and engaging tale. Here she brings to life the viking days of yore, adding just the right touches of romance and the supernatural. I loved the setting, the characters and the writing and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for good historical fiction. I look forward to reading her future releases.

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