(Book cover and synopsis from goodreads.com)
Hiccup has three months, five days and six hours to discover America, get back to Berk, save his father, battle Polarserpents, and win the annual Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race. Can he do it?
Hiccup, Camacazi and Fishlegs are taking part in the 'Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race' obviously in full viking spirit the last one to return to the beach wins! Of course, someone cheats and the adventurous trio end up in trouble and on a ship bound for America because of it.
I love the three friends. At the beginning of the book they set of on the race to gears of the crowd because Fishlegs can't swim but they stick together and Camacazi and Hiccup don't leave him alone. In fact, they were willing to return to the beach and lose the race.
More species of dragon are introduced as they sail to America also.
And as always the epilogue from Hiccup is just as thoughtful and melancholy as the other books.
This is a fun read and a brilliant addition to the series. It is different from the other books as this one is set - for the most part - on a boat (well...until it sinks).
Favourite Quotes ---
"Why are you shooting at me?" howled a sprinting Hiccup. "Haven't I got enough problems?"
"how can you make a fresh start in a New World when you are carrying with you on your boat all of the same problems, the same frustrations and inequalities of the Old World? Lets face it, any country ruled by Norbert called 'the Land of the Nutjobs' would have turned out to have the same problems as the Barbaric Archipelago quicker than you can say the words 'half crazed lunatic carrying a double-headed axe'"