The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking
by Cressida Cowell
In this third story about the young unlikely Viking hero, Hiccup and his friend Fishlegs go astray during a board-the-enemy-ship lesson and find themselves captives in a Roman fortress. Not only that, but they run into an old enemy who has pitted the Hooligans against a neighboring tribe of female Viking warriors in order to distract them while he steals dragons (including mischievous little Toothless) to throw into the gladiator's arena. With the help of a feisty Viking girl from the enemy tribe and an itty-bitty dragon the size of a grasshopper (who thinks he is God of the Universe) Hiccup must escape, stop a feud and save the dragons! The tale is full of crazy incidents an unexpected turns (although only one really took me by surprise). The crude little-boy humor started to get old, though. A lot of the jokes were just repeats from the previous books, and I didn't find this one quite as fun and entertaining.
Rating: 2/5 ......... 225 pages, 2005
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