By Joshua Gillingham
Torin Ten-Tree’s debt of service as a trollhunter in Gatewatch has been paid. Now he must decide whether to return home to take up his father’s seat in Ten-Tree Hall or to become a Greycloak of Gatewatch along with Grimsa and Wyla. Torin grapples with an unexpected revelation, the long-hidden identity of his mother, just as a delegation brings urgent news of King Araldof Greyraven’s grave and sudden illness. Heirless, the Greyraven’s death would plunge the land into chaos as the Jarls of Noros entered a struggle of succession. The last desperate hope to keep the realm from wreck and ruin is the legend of a powerful source of healing, the Everspring. Yet, greater questions and graver answers await Torin and his company on the road north through the land of the immortal giants. As long-forgotten secrets are unveiled, they learn not only the cause of the Greyraven’s illness but the insidious origins of the evil that first spawned the trolls in the wild woods beyond Gatewatch.
The Everspring is a young adult fantasy adventure inspired by the Norse Myths, the Icelandic Sagas, and the unforgettable landscape of the Rocky Mountains. Myth, history, and imagination fuse together in an epic troll-hunting saga written for young adult readers.
Learning guides for teachers and students are available for free download. In these guides, author and teacher Joshua Gillingham provides a plan—complete with discussion questions, assignments, and links to additional resources—for using the Torin Ten-Trees saga as a supporting narrative to enhance classroom study of mythology, Viking history, or poetry. Joshua is also available for classroom visits.
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