This fantasy story shows a friendship between two completely opposite people. However, they forge a strong bond and use each other’s strengths to their advantage. This story wields dragons, swords, undead minions, giants and trolls. There is no shortage of adventures in this Viking-inspired debut novel. It is very well-written and a great read for boys and girls. The story hooks the readers down to the last cliffhanger sentence. It will leave readers longing for Karn & Thianna’s next adventure.
Karn Korlundsson doesn’t want to be the hauld of his family’s farm. All he wants to do is play his board game, Thrones & Bones. His father decides to take him to Dragon’s Dance where he can meet and barter with the giants. Here he meets Thianna who is half human and half frost giantess.
Thianna is bullied by some of the other giants because she’s half human and not as tall as the others. Karn and Thianna quickly become friends. But Karn’s greedy Uncle Ori tricks him by sending him into a trap with an undead warrior, Helltoppr, and his zombie minions. As Karn runs for his life, he has no idea that Thianna is on the run also. There are those from her mother’s clan that want something Thianna has. Sydia leads the chase along with fire breathing wyverns to retrieve what she feels is rightfully hers. When Karn and Thianna cross paths, they have to use their brains and wit to survive. Their ultimate goal is to stay alive and protect their families.
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.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7