Review: Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Imagine being a kid looking for eels and stumbling upon an ancient sword. Not only is the sword ancient, but it is enchanted and it can speak. Better yet, it turns out the one who pulls it from the water will be a knight. That's the opening premise of Have Sword, Will Travel, the first book in an exciting new series for kids, written by Aussie Authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams. (Fans of the genre might recognise these two as the authors of the Troubletwisters series.) Odo and Eleanor are out looking for eels when they discover the enchanted sword. Only trouble is, that it is Odo who pulls out the sword and it is Eleanor who wants to be a knight, just like her mother was. As for the sword, well, Biter, just won't stop shouting instructions and he wants to send these kids on a mission to slay a dragon, immediately! Lots of fun and adventure follow.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this one for its clever humour, adventure and the sage lessons that Odo and Eleanor learn along the way. There are a lot of twists and turns (oh that Sir Saskia ...) and each one is well written and the world building is quite thorough. 

This one has a lot to offer readers of all ages. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Sean Williams for my copy of Have Sword, Will Travel.

This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2017


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