Have Sword, Will Travel

Have Sword, Will Travel

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Odo is the seventh son of the village miller and he just wants to get away from work for awhile, Eleanor's mother was a soldier, and she yearns for adventure, but it is Odo who finds the magic talking sword named Biter, and thereby instantly becomes a knight--and together they set out on a quest (somewhat reluctantly on Odo's part) to save their kingdom from threats both human and dragon.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780545259026
Branch Call Number: NIX
Characteristics: 274 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Sean 1967-- Author

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Dec 17, 2018

violet_turtle_677 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Dec 07, 2017

JBFARRELL thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Dec 07, 2017

This book is a collaboration by two popular Australian writers, Garth Nix and Sean Williams, both individually authors of extremely popular series that are mostly for Young Adults/Adults.

This is clearly intended more as a children's book. It is a fun read, and suitable to be read by or to children. The story is fun, and twists the fantasy quest trope just enough to make the story different while remaining firmly grounded in the trope. It has both a girl (Eleanor) and a boy (Odo) protagonist and is likely to be enjoyed by both girls and boys.

They are from a tiny village, the daughter of an apothecary and the son of a miller. Eleanor, a single child, wants adventure and to be a knight like her dead mother. Odo, with lots of brothers, wants a quiet life, possibly apprenticed to a miller in a nearby village.

They find a magic sword, Hildebrand Shining Foebighter, the Scourge of he can't quite remember what, but who is determined that the unwilling Odo will be his knight. Eleanor settles for being appointed squire, but just until she can upgrade to knight, and together they depart on a quest to defeat the distant dragon to blame for the drought afflicting their local river and surrounding countryside.

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