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Sons of Thor: Dane the Defiant (Sons of Thor Trilogy) [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Magnus Bledwell
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3 April 2009 Sons of Thor Trilogy
The first in a trilogy of hilarious Viking adventures that blend Norse mythology with slapstick comedy.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330463543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330463546
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,792,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine being a teenage Viking with a lot of growing up to do. Imagine stealing the Shield of Odin, the talisman that offers protection to your entire village, just to impress a beautiful girl who has a mean way with an axe. Now imagine losing both the shield and the girl to an evil prince, leading to the destruction of your home, the death of your father and the possible annihilation of everything you hold dear, just as the Runes foretold . . . In the first book of the epic trilogy SONS OF THOR, Dane the Defiant is a Viking with a destiny, but since that destiny is pretty depressing, he's doing his best to avoid it! Embarking on a quest to rescue the girl and defeat the prince, Dane has to deal with lethal doomfish, an enraged frost giant, a love rival with really great hair and his own fears in order to succeed.

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~ A U T H O R ' S W A R N I N G ~

Let the reader beware: Incidents of extreme violence can be found in this book. Exceedingly gruesome acts of Viking butchery and barbarism. Also some really graphic gross-out humor and other forms of silliness. For this reason, young readers are cautioned: protect your parents at all cost. Don't even think of letting them read this. After all, if young people don't protect the delicate sensibilities of grown-ups, who will? Enjoy!

Magnus Bledwell,
Drogghedd, Ireland
2009


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3.0 out of 5 stars Sons Of Thor 29 Jan 2012
By Mr. R. Hamper VINE VOICE
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This book, is ideal for the younger generation, I tried to enjoy it, but the adult inside me wouldn't really let me (growing up sucks!)

The overall story is well written, and the enviroments are described just enough to let your imagination take over, which is always great in a book, you really do get a feel of the characters in most sense, although the constant reminders you get in what seems to be every chapter they are in, does get a bit tedious after a while.

The chapters are short, and the title's of the chapters give you a little hint, on what it may contain. Wether or not this is a good thing I do not know, but it will give the reader a sense of achievement, knowing they can read blocks of a book at a time which makes it very easy to manage. I can imagine younger children (who may not have much desire to read) picking this book up, read a chapter, then putting it down again, then repeating this every so often. Its a great technique that I have rarely seen in this sort of genre (fantasy / myth)

If you have a child that likes reading about Vikings, and other such, and doesn't mind a bit of gore detail, then I say go for it, they might like it, the characters are fun, the plot isn't hard to follow, and can be quite enjoyable at times, it won't be back to back humour, and it won't always be cheerful, but it is a nice read.

You really do have to be younger to enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and Captivating 3 Aug 2009
By Champak VINE VOICE
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Slow to gather pace but quickly picks up and then commence on the journey to get the artefact and save 'Astrid'. In order to impress the village residents,Dane steals the shield of Odin(the village's most prized possession inorder to be hero which is followed by kidnap and capture by evil Prince Thidrek. From then on it is an amazing tale of bravery and adventure, Just to add, it will appeal to both boys and girls. Slow begining but soon builds to crescendo and adventure carries on. My daughter was captivated and awaiting follow up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Vikings are Coming! 3 May 2011
By A. Willmer VINE VOICE
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In recent years there has been a deluge of wizard and vampire related literature for children and even for the most ardent fan it becomes tiresome. That's why 'Sons of Thor' is such great fun.

In essence, this is a straight forward quest story with our hero having to embark on a quest to recapture a shield that will save his village. However, the Viking setting was unfamiliar to me and gave the story a fresh feel. What's more Dane is a lively and very likeable character.

`Son of Thor' has got all of the usual ingredients that any adventure should have: action, intrigue and a dollop of romance. All in all it's a good read for adults and kids alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vikings for the Younger Generation 19 May 2010
By R. E. Quinn VINE VOICE
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With the recent explosion in childrens literature which has resulted in a deluge of wizards and vampires it was a smart move of Mr Bledwell to take a different track by going Viking.

With Dane the Defiant, the first in his Sons of Thor series he introduces his readers to Dane a young viking boy who through a series of misadventures manages to lose his village's most prized possession the Shield of Odin to the evil Prince Thirdrek which starts a chain of events which could lead to the destruction of his village and many others.

So Dane sets off of an adventure to retrieve the Shield and save the fair Astrid and with his friends to save their known world from evil and monsters.

This is a smart move in a crowded market to stand out and it doesn't disappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for young readers 25 Sep 2009
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While clearly I am not the target audience for this book I loved the viking sagas as a child and I was attracted to this thinking it might be a fun retelling or interpretation of the norse myths. It is not that! It is fun though, and a good action adventure story peppered with lots of fart jokes and humour that would appeal to young readers around the 8-11 age range I reckon. I'll be passing it on to one of my friend's young lads as I think this is right up his street (but I'll be wanting to finish it first!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dane the Defiant 18 Sep 2009
By Lucy Lavande TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Since the success of Harry Potter, the childrens book market has become flooded with imitation stories of wizards and other magic, so this makes an interesting and original read for children. Although slow at first, the adventure quickly picks up and keeps you gripped, with plenty of humour thrown in. An engrossing book for children, which may even have them wanting to learn for themselves about Norse myth.
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By R. WEST-SOLEY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What I loved about this book was the mix of Norse mythology with the traditional high jinks of a good old adventure story for youngsters. The references to Nordic gods and practices is as educational as it is part of the fun of the story, and no doubt many young readers will be wanting to find out more about the world of the Vikings after they've finished the last page.

I loved the cartoon humour and the completely over-the-topness of the characters - it really is a very funny book. It reminds me ever so slightly of the 'Horrible Histories' series, so if you or your children enjoy those, then this is a great complement to those, combining the sensationalist, kid-friendly historical facts with a fun tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shrek on a page 7 Sep 2009
By John Ault VINE VOICE
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OK not really Shrek as such, but a very Shrek like tale of daring do and a journey, and rivals for love (one of which keeps flicking back his long mane of blond hair - yes really)

Very good and lively detail of Viking life, some real danger, death and peril.

However the "funny bits for the adults" they put into cartoons were a bit laboured, and the whole thing a little pedestrian at times.

Worth it for a viking loving boy of 10-12. But not of hugely wide appeal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - even for an adult
Although this book is aimed at the younger market I found it an enjoyable read even for an adult
Good characters and a decent old fashioned storyline got the pages ticking... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2009 by chipfat
3.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile
This was pretty good. As others have said, it does drag a bit at the beginning but the story soon picks up the pace a bit. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by Green Book Addict Librarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Viking Adventure for Children
The Amazon synopsis gives you a good idea of the storyline so I will not spoil it by going into any more detail on the story - except, there is more! Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by Ladybubbles
3.0 out of 5 stars Defiant Danes
A Viking story which started with a lot of promise but my son god bored with the book even with me reading the story and injecting (at least trying to inject) a bit of passion into... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Fletch-a-sketch
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow at first, gradually improves - 4*
The storyline for this book is entertaining, however, it gets a little complicated and seems slightly OTT in some of its description. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by ROROBLU'S MUM
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold your swords high!!!
A fantastic, entertaining romp through the Viking era. The characters are very entertaining, with a great young hero growing up to be the warrior everyone expects him to be. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2009 by Mr. R. Mayou
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