Title: The Sword of the Realm
Author: Mark Wheaton
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Finders and Keepers, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A cinematic, action-packed debut full of history, humor, and ancient artifacts, The Sword of the Realm is highly recommended for young adults and adults alike, especially for fans of The Da Vinci Code!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Chris Dashwood isn't the most normal of fourteen-year-olds. Working with his beloved grandfather in their antique shop, pining fruitlessly after a gorgeous classmate, randomly knowing facts that no one his age would even think of. But that all changes when a mysterious girl named Iris appears in his family's shop, and tells him she needs his help: A sinister band of people called The Hellfire Club are after Excalibur--yes, that Excalibur, and there might be more than an ancient antiquity on the line if our gang isn't quick enough..
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of this novel was absolutely breakneck, grabbing me by the throat and not letting go
-Chris, the hilarious, smart-aleck history nut that ends up solving an age-old mystery--and saving all of Britain while he's at it
-Iris, the quirky, funny, serious young woman who draws Chris into a world of high-speed chases, mystical objects, friendship, and travel
-Baz, the hilarious daredevil able to charm the pants off of everyone he meets
-The almost identified Brazilian girl who is an expert on historical objects and not bad at languages either
-Big Dan--I really liked him
-Merdaut, the frightening psycho who was the villain
-Chris's family history, especially with his father and his Grandfather Alf
-The ending--I can't wait for the sequel, The Golden Fleet!
What could've been better:
-At times the pacing moved so fast what was happening got muddled up and I had to go back and reread
-Though the historical facts were definitely interesting, it got a little hard to keep up with as the action sped up
I loved The Sword of the Realm--a great book for adventure/action fans! Next on deck: 'Til Death by Kate Evangelista!