Land of the Silver Apples – Nancy Farmer

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Safely returned from his perilous stint among Northmen, 12-year-old Jack reflects, “That’s the nature of adventures. . . . They’re nasty while they’re happening and only fun later.” After Jack learns that his often-bratty little sis is a changeling (and that his real sister likely dwells with hobgoblins), a misguided exorcism results in Lucy’s disappearance. Then the young bard must descend into the out-of-time Land of the Silver Apples to retrieve both of his lost siblings. In that richly imagined realm, surprises include a reunion with shield-maiden Thorgil as well as creatures whose appearances deceive—shape-shifting knuckers; hideous yet likable hobgoblins; and lovely, soulless elves, whose inability to grow or age tinges their existence with tragedy.

This is the sequel to The Sea of Trolls and it is not disappointing. I love all of the Viking mythology! This book also adds a layer of immortal creatures like fairies and elves. I was happy to follow Jack into another adventure. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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