On the second day of my trip to Dublin I found myself without anything to read. So I went out, book shopping. That’s when I picked up a copy of Jonathan Stroud’s latest novel, Heroes of the Valley.The book is set in some medieval, vaguely Nordic setting, and deals with an ordinary boy who dreams of doing great deeds and seeks to be come as legendary as his heroic ancestors.
As in most fantasy story I’ve come across, there’s a mythical back-story. In this case, these are the tales of the legendary actions of the titular heroes, and how they rid the valley of the evil creatures that were a plague upon the land. And to my enjoyment, one of the themes throughout the book was the main character slowly losing faith in these myths. From an interview with the author:
You shouldn’t be surprised when Heroes of the Valley turns up in my favorite books of the year list.
- Book read
- Jonathan Stroud — Heroes of the Valley
- First line
- Listen then, and I’ll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock.