The Buttersmiths' Gold (Evertaster Series) by Adam Glendon Sidwell
Future House Publishing (May 2, 2013) 124 pages
BATTLES. BLUEBERRIES. BOVINES.
TORBJORN AND STORFJELL’S HISTORY UNFOLDS IN AN EPIC EVERTASTER NOVELLA.
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you’d want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you’d want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you’d stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He’s a Viking through and
through – he’s thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That’s what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan’s muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
The Buttersmiths' Gold (Evertaster Series) has a folklore quality to it, which I adored! The first book in this series is Evertaster(*). The 2nd book hasn't released yet. The Buttersmiths' Gold is kind of like book 1.5, since it is a novella that connects the other two books. It can be read perfectly great as a standalone, but you will notice some connections if you've read Evertaster.
The story starts out with brothers Torbjorn and Storfell discussing their love of blueberry muffins to a pilot named Braxton. (He's from Evertaster.) They confess that their special butter is the only food they love more. They then begin their tale of Torbjorn and Storfell from generations ago, and how the Golden Fortune of their herds came to be.
The play with food is amazing throughout these books! It's always thrilling to find a new, unique kind of read in the world of children's fiction. The Buttersmiths' Gold is a wonderful addition, with the many different plays with food! Evertaster is proving to be even more creative in the food department. Of course, it might make you a little hungry reading these! ;)
As cute as the cover is, it's a little misleading. These cows are well loved creatures in this book! The viking brothers even carry them on their shoulders at one point in the story, which causes quite a humorous mental picture! The cows were honestly my favorite part of the book, and they quickly won me over, especially when they *laughed*. They were a fun, sweet addition to the story.
The Buttersmiths' Gold is an adventurous tale of the power of loyalty, not only between family and fellow clansmen, but between brothers that don't always see eye to eye. With three boys of my own, stories with brother bonding especially warms my heart. The best part is that this bonding happens in the midst of being chased by "bad guys" of various sorts. Sidwell is fast becoming one of my "go to" authors! I highly recommend this one!
(*) I haven't finished Evertaster yet. I'm currently just over 1/3 of the way through, and I'm LOVING it so far! I'll be posting more thoughts on it soon, Lord willing!
**I was provided a digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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