Seeking a long-lost & probably far more mediocre than I remember it story
June 20, 2010 4:34 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a book I read a long time ago. It was set in some hilly country, quite cold, somewhere like Iceland. A boy working on his farm developed some sort of need for a quest (but I have no idea what this actually was). He had a 'typically' Viking name, and there was a girl involved, physical but seeming quite ethereal. Possibly they were somehow married (though they were—I don't know, but less than twelve, so when I say 'married' I mean one of those close friendships characters in children's books have with destined soulmates). Things I seem to remember but may be mixing up with other books: a sword, longships arriving (the settlers were Viking too).
There were gods around, because Loki was quite prominently featured in the story while the boy was questing alone. I think this quest had a fairly pathetic basis, and that's one of the things that made the story interesting.
posted by westerly to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I must have read this about 15 years ago. I got the book from a library and it was quite old and battered then, hardcover with I think a mostly pale dustjacket.
Sorry there's hardly anything to go on here...
I did ask on Booksleuth on Abebooks once. I think the thread must have been deleted because I can't find it now (it was years ago). They didn't come up with anything.