West of the Moon, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


An epic and action-packed fantasy adventure that weaves together Norse legends, shadowy creatures and an unforgettable hero.When Peer is orphaned he is taken by his wicked uncles to live at their foreboding mill in the shadow of Troll Fell.

Here he meets beautiful and spirited Hilde and after a terrifying encounter with the sinister creatures who live below the fell the pair form an inseparable bond.

They are thirsty for adventure, so when a Viking longship docks at their village, they decide to set sail for Vinland - a mysterious place across the perilous sea.

But are the ship's captain and his sword wielding son really honest sailors?

What creatures lurk in the shadows and forests of the new land? And will Peer and Hilde ever return?Spanning years and continents and filled with brilliantly imagined characters and creatures, this is gripping, atmospheric fantasy at its best.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Traditional
  • ISBN: 9780007395231

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I liked the stories and the characters. I just wished instead of three parts, it was three separate books. Just when I was getting into one part, it was over, and a new part began. I think with a little more detail and story, each part could be it's own book.

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This historical fantasy epic weaves together Norse legend, folklore, fantasy creatures and a courageous hero, Peer Ulfsson. When Peer is orphaned his fiendish uncles drag him away to their mill at Troll Fell, a place beset by repugnant trolls. Hilde, the spirited farmer’s daughter, becomes Peer’s friend and along with his dog Loki, who is a fierce troll fighter, and the Nis, a shy creature who helps out when he feels like it, they have many adventures. Peer’s uncles hatch a sinister plot to sell him to the troll king as a wedding gift. As well as escaping that, Peer must look after a baby that appears to be half selkie when its mother, Kersten, returns to the sea. A Viking ship also brings the promise of adventure which Peer and Hilde crave, but they are disturbed by the violent ways of the captain and his son. They sail for the new country of Vinland (North America) where they encounter natives and new mythological creatures. Will they live, will they ever return home, and will Hilde ever realise that she loves Peer as much as he loves her? Included is a helpful glossary along with maps.

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