The Sleeping Army

The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
Reviewed by Caroline French
Faber
Thu, 20/10/2011
9781846682780
£12.99

By Thor, what a tale! For those ready to move on from the delights of Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon has a treat in store. It’s set in modern times, but with a twist: Christianity never happened and we worship the Viking Gods. Twelve-year-old Freya, drawn to the Lewis Chessmen in the British Museum, blows Heimdall’s Horn and is transported, along with four chess pieces woken from enchantment, to the land of the Gods. There they must set out on a perilous rescue, braving giants, dragons and the underworld, with no certainty of returning alive. The fate of the Gods is in their hands. A beautifully wrought adventure, high on tension, and sure to appeal to 8+ girls and boys alike.
 

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