A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Northmen love war, fighting, and killing.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting and pillaging, some fairly gory. Beatings, throat cuttings, murder and death in many forms.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men with multiple wives, women with multiple husbands.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking of mead, drunken sailors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if this book doesn't drive kids to learn about Norse mythology and Viking history, then nothing will. The book also raises the issues of gender roles and the ethics of fighting and war.
Is It Any Good?
The extensive use of Norse mythology gives this story a real kick, as does the author's frequent reversals of expectations. And the adventure itself, especially once they stop dithering around in England and hit the high seas, is as exciting and engrossing as one could hope for, right up to the very satisfying ending that almost begs for a sequel.
Although Lucy is an annoying and thoroughly unbelievable character (the author could take a lesson from Suzanne Collins, author of Gregor the Overlander, on how to take small children on an adventure), and the life force, from which Jack draws his power, is a little too Star Wars, readers will be having too much fun to worry about the details.
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