Review! Frostborn by Lou Anders


By Lou Anders

Series Throne and Bones

336 pages – ages 8+

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on August 5, 2014

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)

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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11 replies

  1. Sounds like a good one!!

  2. I like Norse settings, too, though I sometimes struggle to pronounce the names. (Hmmm… Tough, tall female protagonist? Short boy who sucks at swordplay? Sounds vaguely familiar…) 😉

  3. Isn’t Riordan going to be doing a Norse Mythology series, too? Or is that for an older crowd?

  4. I have always been drawn to Nordic tales too. Great review as it gave me a good sense of the book. Always love it when you are excited about a book — your energy jumps off the pages.

  5. It is plain to see how gender dynamics have shifted so much in latter years by taking a look at the giant girl and the awkward boy. What a role reversal. It amazes me the way girls have become so empowered and boys know they don’t always have to be good at swinging swords. There were, of course, amazon women in ancient mythology! Great review Erik!


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