Have Sword, Will Travel: Have Sword Will Travel 1

Sean Williams, Garth Nix

Have Sword, Will Travel: Have Sword Will Travel 1
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Have Sword, Will Travel: Have Sword Will Travel 1

Sean Williams, Garth Nix

When Odo and Eleanor stumble upon an ancient sword in a river outside their village, something very unexpected happens… the sword starts to talk! Much to Odo’s dismay he discovers that he’s awoken a famous enchanted blade called Biter, and thus has instantly become a knight. Eleanor would love to become a knight - but she’s not the one with the sword.

Unearthing Biter is only the start of their troubles; soon boy, girl and sword must depart on a noble quest to save their kingdom from threats - in both human and dragon form.

Review

Have Sword Will Travel is a hilarious and exciting adventure set in a fantastical ‘medieval like’ time where gender equality is the norm – ‘brave knight’ is a job description for anyone capable, whether male or female! Our heroes are the most appealing characters: plucky, diminutive Eleanor is desperate to become a knight like her mother and always ready for adventure, whereas her burly friend Odo is more thoughtful and cautious – he’s certainly not looking for risk!

When Biter, the enchanted talking sword with a mind and will of its own, knights Odo and appoints Eleanor as his squire, the quest of a lifetime begins. Odo reluctantly accepts knighthood and adventure, while Eleanor is excited by their undertaking, but exasperated and resentful of her assignment. Led by the arrogant magic sword, the pair face many ordeals and trials; in challenging false knights and even a mighty dragon, Odo finds courage and Eleanor learns a little humility. With Garth Nix and Sean Williams at the helm, it’s no surprise this laugh-out-loud adventure is one boys and girls will love. Highly recommended for ages 9+!


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