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Feats on the Fiord The third book in "The Playfellow"   By: (1802-1876)

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In the third installment of Harriet Martineau's captivating series, "The Playfellow," readers are once again transported to the enchanting world of the Norwegian fiords. "Feats on the Fiord" continues the tale of Minna and Gerda, two young siblings who have captured our hearts since the first book.

Martineau's storytelling prowess shines through in this installment as the siblings embark on another thrilling adventure. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Norwegian fiords, the author beautifully captures the essence of the landscape, immersing readers in its breathtaking beauty. Her vivid descriptions paint a vibrant picture, making it easy to visualize the soaring cliffs, sparkling fjords, and untouched wilderness that serves as the setting for the story.

One of the greatest strengths of Martineau's writing is her ability to create characters that feel real and relatable. Minna and Gerda's growth is palpable throughout the series, and "Feats on the Fiord" is no exception. The siblings face new challenges and hurdles that test their resilience and resourcefulness. Martineau skillfully weaves in important life lessons, showing readers the importance of determination, courage, and the power of sibling bonds.

The plot of "Feats on the Fiord" is engaging and fast-paced, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Martineau's ability to seamlessly blend adventure, mystery, and heartwarming moments is commendable. The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that readers are always eagerly turning the pages to uncover the next thrilling revelation.

Moreover, Martineau's writing style is incredibly accessible and engaging, making the book suitable for readers of all ages. Her prose is both descriptive and engaging, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the story. The dialogue is natural and authentic, further enhancing the overall reading experience.

However, despite its numerous strengths, "Feats on the Fiord" may not be as strong as the previous installments in the series. Some readers might find certain plot elements predictable or reminiscent of previous challenges faced by the siblings. Additionally, while the pacing is generally well-structured, there are instances where the narrative feels rushed, leaving readers longing for more detailed exploration.

In conclusion, "Feats on the Fiord" is a delightful addition to Harriet Martineau's "The Playfellow" series. With its breathtaking setting, relatable characters, and thrilling plot, the book is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Martineau's storytelling prowess and heartfelt messages make for a truly enjoyable reading experience. This book is a testament to the author's talent for crafting compelling tales that resonate with readers long after the final page has been turned.

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Feats on the Fiord, by Harriet Martineau.

This book was first published in a collection of stories, "The Playfellow," along with "The Crofton Boys", "The Peasant and the Prince" and "The Settlers at Home." However, being of a somewhat whimsical nature, it later attracted artists and publishers with a bent in that direction. This is the original version, dating from the mid nineteenth century.




Every one who has looked at the map of Norway must have been struck with the singular character of its coast. On the map it looks so jagged, such a strange mixture of land and sea, that it appears as if there must be a perpetual struggle between the two, the sea striving to inundate the land, and the land pushing itself out into the sea, till it ends in their dividing the region between them. On the spot, however, this coast is very sublime. The long straggling promontories are mountainous, towering ridges of rock, springing up in precipices from the water; while the bays between them, instead of being rounded with shelving sandy shores, on which the sea tumbles its waves, as in bays of our coast, are, in fact, long narrow valleys, filled with sea, instead of being laid out in fields and meadows... Continue reading book >>

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