Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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+!

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.**