Book Revew: The Wrong Sword by: Ted Mendelssohn

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Publish Date: April 13, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Ever since he arrived in Paris, Henry the Rat has made a pretty good living selling "magic" swords to gullible knights. But when Henry sells one to Geoffrey Plantagenet, brother to King Richard, his happy days are over for good. Geoffrey forces Henry into a dangerous, uncomfortable quest for the most famous magic sword of all time, Excalibur, even though Henry is certain that it's just a myth.

Then Henry actually finds Excalibur - and his troubles really start: For Excalibur is not just the sword of’s also the sword that won’t SHUT UP. It communicates with its owner, it knows what kind of owner it deserves, and Henry doesn’t even come close.

To keep Excalibur and the world safe from the appalling Geoffrey, Henry will have to masquerade as a knight, crash a royal wedding, rescue a princess, break a siege, penetrate the secrets of the Perilous Brotherhood, and find Excalibur’s rightful bearer, all while trying to reach an accommodation with a snotty, aristocratic hunk of steel that mocks him, takes over his body, and keeps trying to turn him into the one thing he hates most...a hero.

Review: Henry is a thief, con artist, and a self-preservationist. When he gets on the wrong side of Prince Geoffrey Plantagenet due to his part of creating and selling “authentic” historical swords, he is forced to go on a quest for the real Excalibur. He must succeed in retrieving the sword or die like all those who went before him. Never mind the fact that Geoffrey’s men will kill him after he gets the sword. Henry is crafty and resourceful, but he is no one’s idea of a knight, let alone worthy to pull Excalibur from her resting place. Yet he does so in his wily fashion and is surprised when the sword talks to him. Starting a new chapter in his life, will Henry become more than anyone thought him capable?

The Wrong Sword is a funny, yet serious, look into the world of 12th century Paris. Henry is charming in a sleazy way and Excalibur is a sword with a stick up her butt (if she had one!). The dialogue and relationship between Henry and Excalibur is laugh out loud funny. This is a story with an intense message which is told through action packed scenes and well-developed characters. The Wrong Sword is a story which will capture your imagination with colorful descriptions and sword-fighting adventure. Even though it is billed as a YA novel, this is truly a story for all ages to enjoy!  

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