TORBJORN AND STORFJELL’S HISTORY UNFOLDS IN AN EPIC EVERTASTER NOVELLA.
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you’d want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you’d want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you’d stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He’s a Viking through and through – he’s thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That’s what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan’s muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.
** from Goodreads
Torbjorn Trofastsonn of Smordal loves being a Buttersmith, one of the clan that makes butter that is the envy of all. Except on his first trading mission he finds he doesn’t even know the secret that makes their butter so amazing.
He doesn’t even know the most important part of what is so special about their clan.
Upon learning their secret though, Torbjorn makes a disastrous mistake and gives an enemy the key to their success.
Can Torbjorn fix that which he’s broken?
What I liked: The Buttersmiths’ Gold is a cute book that I’d categorize as a long parable. Many children will love the Vikings, raiders, and trolls that push this story over the top of the ordinary.
What I didn’t like: I found The Buttersmiths’ Gold to be a bit heavy. Though there is a bit of a mishap resulting in an adventure there were so many lessons. I felt the adventure got a bit lost.
I believe that readers are going to love this book, but it’s just not going to work for my reluctant readers.
A Teaser from The Buttersmiths’ Gold:
Do you live our clan because you want them to give you glory, or because you want them to live?
|Author:||Adam Glendon Sidwell|
|Source:||Purchased Jan 17, 2016 for $1 (to review for my nephews)|
|Publisher & Date:||May 2nd 2013 by Future House Publishing|
|Genre:||Middle Grade Fantasy|
|ISBN:||0989125300 (ISBN13: 9780989125307)|
The Buttersmiths’ Gold
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