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Later, Arthur would wonder why he'd wished for a more interesting life. His had been fine as it was. School, skateboarding and hanging out with his friends should have been enough. But maybe it wasn't his wish that changed everything - maybe it would have happened anyway. Stalked by the sinister Crow Man, observed by the invisible Watchers and surveyed by the mysterious WrLater, Arthur would wonder why he'd wished for a more interesting life. His had been fine as it was. School, skateboarding and hanging out with his friends should have been enough. But maybe it wasn't his wish that changed everything - maybe it would have happened anyway. Stalked by the sinister Crow Man, observed by the invisible Watchers and surveyed by the mysterious Writer, life in Lyskeret is going to be anything but boring; especially when magic, myth and shape-shifting animals become involved. It's just as well that Arthur has good friends. He's going to need them. Illustrated and written by UK author, Rosie Morgan, 'The Golden Sword' is the first in 'The Camelot Inheritance' series, set in contemporary Cornwall, UK. It's a page-turning, magical adventure featuring three friends, Arthur, Nick and Tamar, whose lives are flipped upside-down in the space of one, short, summer's day. The Golden Sword can be read as a stand-alone or as the first part of this intriguing adventure. However once you've read this book, we're sure that you'll want to go on to read the rest....

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ISBN : 9781497402249
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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The Golden Sword Reviews

  • Camly Nguyen
    2019-02-09 11:54

    Yeah ok, I think it's safe to say I'll probably never finish this book.*I received this book in exchange of an honest review.* DNF 30%This is the kind of book that I would say: it's not you, it's me.It's not bad, it's just pretty boring and honestly, maybe the rest of the book is good. I just don't have the patience to wait. Interesting characters, they were all different and I felt that the originality was there when a hoard of cats randomly appeared on the street (like literally.) But it's slowwww. Very slowww. Nothing really nice going on at 30% yet.

  • Lucinda
    2019-02-12 07:44

    A highly imaginative fantasy wherein Dragons soar the skies, statues come to life and time is travelled! “There are more things under the heavens than we could ever imagine…”Reminiscent of‘Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone’ , when the story starts with Dumbledore appearing in Privet Drive with McGonagal (as a Cat); the stranger & the bird was very similar! Plunging into a supremely magical world where nothing is as it seems, I felt like I had uncovered an exciting *new* children’s fantasy world and the start of something truly EPIC. Inspired concepts, creatures and breathtaking settings transport readers both young and old into the most remarkable creation of wondrous delights. Despite being a middle grade/ YA story it is also a novel that the older reader can connect with and enjoy, as something containing universal meaning and thought-provoking nuance. Action-packed, fast-paced and engaging “The Golden Sword” is a thrilling story that’s mesmirizingly magical and which cleverly combines modern-day with ancient myths & legends. I have always loved Arthurian mythology and so as a fan of BBC Merlin and tales of King Arthur, I was delighted to encounter those iconic elements within the deftly woven narrative {i.e. Sword Excalibur and Arthur}. Stalked by a sinister crow man, observed by invisible watchers and surveyed by a mysterious writer…this one boy’s ordinary life transforms into something quite extraordinary. If the dazzling cover of this book doesn’t catch your eye then the exquisitely beautiful illustrations by author Rosie Morgan will, as like in the book ‘Inkheart’ the written world is brought to life on the page!! The past and present collides in an explosive fusion of 21st century school life and archaic prophecies relating to Merlin & Arthur, that’s brilliantly realised in gloriously rich detail. The short, punchy chapters full of twists and turns kept me sat in suspense and glued to the page, with intense animated exuberance as to what was about to happen next…“Later, Arthur would wonder why he’d wished for a more interesting life. His had been fine as it was. School, skateboarding and hanging out with his friends should have been enough. But maybe it wasn’t his wish that changed everything – maybe it would have happened anyway”A 4.5 star read. * I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of the first book in ‘The Camelot Inheritance’ to read & review *

  • Jola
    2019-02-09 13:56

    Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com'The Golden Sword' is an interesting take on King Arthur's legends. It shows us a modern version of the famous monarch. I have read and watched many versions of the myths and I'm glad to say that this book was different from them. Although it's a book for middle-graders, I have enjoyed it and it certainly kept my attention. My favourite character was Nick and I look forward to read more about him, Arthur and Tamar!Thanks to Rosie Morgan for sending me an ebook of her book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Magda
    2019-02-13 10:50

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book is yet another look at the Arthurian story. This time action takes us to modern day England and to bunch of teenagers chosen to protect their world.When I've started reading the book I was surprised with the similarity of the very beginning of the story to Harry Potter. We've got the same gloomy street, mysterious figures, magical cat and some other observers. It felt like it might be just another try on writing HP-like book. At that point I though "well, it's either going to be very similar and boring or it's going to surprise me at take me to completely different world". It wasn't a disappointment. I really liked how the story developed. I was a little bothered with Tamar and Nick to be constantly in shadows. Watchers kept talking that all 3 heroes have a destiny together and yet only Arthur was in constant light. But at least everything that was happening around them, all the gloom and doom hanging over the moors, it was still a mystery to them. It wasn't one of those stories when hero suddenly finds out he's all important and suddenly knows it all. Up till very author manages to keep some of the mystery, characters have to work their way through some clues to put the story together, understand what's actually happening. Story was fast paced and kept reader in suspense. From about half of the book I simply couldn't stop reading. Author also put her own graphics at the beginning of every chapter and I have to say they look lovely and they fit perfectly to the story. Even if you can't stop exploring the story, you should stop for a moment at each chapter and check out the lovely drawings.

  • Aoife
    2019-02-17 13:54

    I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback. Arthur Penhaligon is a normal kid with some normal friends until one day when a weird ‘Crow Man’ begins to show up everywhere. Before he knows it, all sorts of strange events are happening to Arthur and he ends up involved in a destiny he never knew he had.This is a cute middle-grade King Arthur retelling and it was super quick to get into and i thought it was a fast, fun read. Everything seemed to happen very quickly, yet not so quickly all at once. I thought at times, things took a while to happen - or more like it took a bit long for Arthur and his friends to really figure it out.I thought Arthur’s relationship with his friends was brilliant and I loved their interactions and how they listened and trusted each other, not to mention how they were there for each other. I also really appreciated that Arthur told his parents what was going on with the Crow Man for the most part. In a lot of other books or similar scenarios the kids or characters would lie and it can be pretty frustrating, especially if it could lead to a dangerous situation.I do think things took a bit long to be actually explained though and the reader, while clearly knowing more or less what was going on, was still left in the dark without the finer details - even near the end. Nothing was really explained about what exactly was going on and why. It almost felt a bit more like a short story or a story excerpt or something, a felt like a bit more was missing.

  • Noella
    2019-02-19 13:54

    Arthur Penhaligon begins to notice strange things happening around him. There are groups of cats watching him and people following his every move. I wasn't familiar with Arthurian legends so I didn't pick up the corresponding character references but on the other hand it gave me the opportunity to wonder whether each character was on Arthur's side or not. There's plenty of intrigue and magic in The Golden Sword. It was definitely more of a plot-driven story than a character-driven one as I felt like Arthur, Nick and Tamar were lacking distinguishable character traits. I didn't quite get to the stage to care about them but this book was quite short and seeing as this book is a part of a series, there's certain to be more character development. Overall, The Golden Sword was a fast-paced adventure.

  • Dana
    2019-02-10 12:59

    This is a fun YA mystery/fantasy for middle school kids. An Arthurian spin off, young Arthur and his friends begin experiencing strange things, from the creepy crow man, to being protected by hundreds of cats. Mystery, fantasy, adventure, angels, magic and many of the characters from the tales of King Arthur populate this gripping tale. This is the first book in a series and I think that middle grade kids will enjoy it. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

  • Rosie Morgan
    2019-01-23 08:51

    Okay, so I've given 'The Golden Sword' 5 stars, maybe as the author/illustrator I shouldn't. However, this rating reflects just how much FUN I had writing the story and drawing the pictures!I love books with pictures, whether for adults or children, so to be able to create one has been a gift.

  • Brindy
    2019-02-09 07:46

    Thought the book was very well written, kept my interest and was an interesting take on the King Arthur legend. Very appropriate for they younger reader, I would encourage others to share this with the 10+ age group. I've continued to read the rest of the series and I'm not disappointed. Good read!

  • Margaret Delashmit
    2019-01-31 15:56

    Excellent read!This book is a good mystery bringing the past into the present. King Arthur still fights evil through a young modern-day Arthur. Mystery, suspense, sense of place (Cornwall), and magic work together to weave a good tale all ages will enjoy.

  • WordsAPlenty
    2019-01-25 12:00

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREEThe Golden Sword – The Camelot Inheritance Book 1 is an excellent book geared towards children and teens between 10 and 14 years of age. It is, in fact, a book that most adults will love as well! Set in Cornwall, England, three young friends find themselves encountering weird people and incidents that leave them very much aware of danger. Arthur Penhaligon is an intelligent and courageous young man. He loves to skateboard and hang out with his friends: Tamar and Nick. Nick loves to eat and is relaxed, carefree while Tamar is more disciplined and a determined young woman. Together the three encounter Crow Man and others who are weaving this paranormal like tale of time travelers and watchers. Arthur, Tamar and Nick are on a quest to discover who the Crow Man is and what is going on but like for most children, the adults involved are mysterious and purposely vague. Together they fight the evil minded characters and rescue themselves from danger with a little help from their “odd” friends. The following is an excellent example of her word crafting – leaving no doubt what the evil witch’s intent is:“Understand this Arthur Penhaligon; it is of little use trying to escape. Your destiny is to be with us. She said this so quietly he was chilled. Her indifference was far more terrifying than her anger.”It is clear early on that Arthur is the chosen one and has a very close tie with Camelot and King Arthur.Morgan is impressive in her ability to tell a story and not only capture the reader’s attention but immerse them in the tale. The characters are very believable and realistic as is the interaction between all the characters. I would not be surprised to see this talented author with her Arthur Penhaligon stories catapult into the literary world surpassing other successful writers such as J. K. Rowley or Rick Riordan. If you have children or you yourself enjoy adventure and fantasy, this is an excellent choice. WordsAPlenty gives this B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree a 5 star rating.

  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    2019-02-22 08:41

    This is a fantasy story that is kind of a king arthur retelling and it follows our main character Arthur who is just your average teenage boy, he loves to skateboard, he goes to school. Lives the pretty normal life until one day while heading to a friend's house, some super strange things start happening. This strange man with a crow keeps following him, he's having visions, streets become deserted, hundreds of cats start to appear around him. It's crazy.Little does he know that he is actually The Chosen One! "You 'ave been Chosen. From the moment of your birth it was ordained for you to be the Guide; to lead those around you an' protect others yet to be shown to you"(whatever the hell that means - rant incoming)The first half of this book had such amazing world building. I was so into it but it literally goes nowhere after 100 pages which I was so disappointed by. It had a cool concept, it created this really creepy vibe of this character called The Crow Man who keeps following our main character. (view spoiler)[which you find out near the end is kind of a pointless character and my fear of him that I had in the beginning dwindles to nothing. (hide spoiler)]There was no introduction to any of the characters. They would literally just pop up in a scene out of nowhere and it felt like the author just inserted them in just to get the plot moving. Like the main antagonist in this book just comes out of nowhere in the end. Like wait, who in the hell is this character? and I really didn't like that. (view spoiler)[also the antagonist is a super old lady who dies immediately by being terrified by a cat and jumping off a cliff, go figure. (hide spoiler)]On a good note. I did love this author's writing style. The book read very fast which is always a plus and I loved the characters Tamar and Nick, they had the most personality and were fun to read about!So all in all, I loved the first half. Disliked the second half. 3 stars. That's it.

  • Lynn Worton
    2019-02-09 15:51

    I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.This is the first book in a series for middle grade children that takes the myths and legends of Arthur and gives it a modern twist. I loved it!Arthur Penhaligon is a fabulous character. I liked him very much. He is an intelligent young man, with some wonderful friends. He's a normal teenager, who loves to use his skate board and hang with his friends. Little does he know what danger awaits.This story intrigued me. I have read many stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, from history text books to fictional re-tellings. King Arthur's myth and legend has intrigued many people over the years. There have been several books, TV programmes and movies made over the years. However, this book is a completely unique and modern tale that captured me from the first page! Set in Cornwall, England, this book was eerily creepy and spooky in places, especially some of the scenes on Bodmin Moor - I had chills! There are some interesting characters in this book. Arthur's friends, Nick and Tamar, are complete opposites. Nick is fun loving, and has an easy going attitude. Tamar is a more serious and studious person; she is quite logical in her thinking. This tale has magic and myth wrapped in an exciting adventure that will capture young readers' imaginations. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!Rosie Morgan is a debut author who has written an extremely atmospheric tale that children will love. Her take on the Arthurian legend is most certainly unique! I will follow her career with interest.I highly recommend this story to both boys and girls in the 7 to 14 age range. However, I also recommend this book to adults if you love YA or fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

  • Pam
    2019-02-13 11:35

    The Golden Sword: The Camelot Inheritance, Book 1 is by Rosie Morgan. It is a fantasy set in Cornwall in Great Britain where the stories of King Arthur began. Generally I am not thrilled with fantasy books; but this one is one of the exceptions. I really liked it. I think it would be a great book for middle school students to have in their classrooms and their libraries. Arthur Penhaligon is a normal boy growing up in Cornwall. He skateboards with his best friend, Nick. The other member of the threesome is Tamar who doesn’t skateboard. School is out so they are getting together to figure out what to do with their time. Arthur and Nick want to go to The Yard to skateboard. Arthur loves hanging out with his friends; but does wish he led a more exciting life. Little was he to know what his life was just beginning to get really exciting. Arthur feels something is going to happen but doesn’t know what it is. He sees a man with a crow which is unusual. He senses from looking at the man’s eyes that he has it in for Arthur for some reason. He, Nick, and Tamar come together for safety when they are surrounded by cats! The cats are protecting them. What in the world is going on? As the story continues, many names are thrown out. Among them are: Gawain, Bedivere, Watcher, Writer, Cathe, Argo, Servo, Matearnes, and Arthur’s Keep. Animals begin acting in a strange, protective manner: cats, dogs, horses, owls, and crows. Arthur keeps trying to get someone to tell him what is going on but no one will. When he does find out, it is not the end but it is only the beginning. The fantasy is loosely based on King Arthur and the stories about him. Rosie Morgan uses descriptions of the moors in Cornwall to add authenticity to the story. She also uses Cornish names and words; but does define them as she goes. The book is a wonderful way to escape reality.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-01-28 13:56

    This book was recently entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:Star Rating: 5 starsNumber of Readers: 28Readers’ Comments‘Firstly, I must say this book looks fantastic. The cover is dazzling, the blurb enticing and the overall feel of the book is superb. Now, to the story. There’s lots happening here and it’s pretty non-stop. I enjoyed every twist and turn and I loved the strong fatasy element. The language also is very easy to understand and is nicely balanced between pace and character/setting description.’ Teacher‘This book is very exciting. I liked the sinister Crow Man but he’s not in it much. I want to see more of him. Excellent ending too.’ Girl, aged 14‘I liked the Cornwall setting very much and all the mythology. A powerfully written children’s stort. I also liked the tiny drawing at the beginning of every chapter. A lovely book.’ Parent‘I think the best part of this story was the pacing. I find many fantasy books slow to get started but this was different. There’s so much happening. I will read the next.’ Boy, aged 14StatsOf the 28 readers:28 liked or loved the cover.27 would read another book by this author.22 thought the best part was the plot.6 felt the best part was the pace.‘A fun, exciting fantasy adventure. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards

  • Claire
    2019-02-21 13:47

    I was hooked from the first paragraph of “The Golden Sword” and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a new voice and makes it all her own. I’ve read a ton of fantasy for all ages over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the quick pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building and character development is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here. Will be interested in seeing where this series leads. Recommend for anyone who enjoys a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists.

  • Cody
    2019-01-29 15:53

    this was a great change of pace for me, as I normally gravitate towards more realistic-style fiction, but this was one epic tale that I couldn’t put down! I did have to have some patience in the beginning until I felt that I was more caught up in the thrust of the story, but the author does a great job of explaining all the backstory and sub plots. I don’t rehash plotlines (That is what the book description is for), but I enjoyed the easy flow and inventive ideas of “The Golden Sword” and I really liked the characters! Happy that they were not cliché, cardboard cutouts of typical fantasy lore, but relatable and real (even for not being!) By the end I’d fallen in love with this book and although it doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger per say, it stops in the middle of more action to come so I’m curious to see where the next one leads. The writing was strong and had very few errors from what I could tell. An enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of fantasy and adventure without hesitation.

  • Stacy
    2019-02-08 13:01

    Well, I’d say it’s safe to say the Author’s life certainly got more interesting! From the opening pages of “The Golden Sword” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Rosie Morgan sets up the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only sucks us in, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was intrigued by the unique personalities, and the challenges that they faced. A great blend of fantasy and reality, action and lively dialogue (a must for younger readers). I can definitely see this being a big hit with the MG, early HS crowd, but intelligently written so adults will enjoy it too. A fantastic start to what looks to be a promising new fantasy series. Highly recommend for almost anyone.

  • Steph Coleman
    2019-02-17 12:50

    I found myself fluctuating a bit while reading “The Golden Sword” by Rosie Morgan. At first I was immediately grabbed into the story and Author and his friends, and became immersed in the brilliant world building (myth and modern day) and unique plot set-up. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some. But at the same time, the pacing was fast (liked the shorter chapters) and there was pretty much nonstop action and some crazy developments toward the end. And overall, it felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with derivative copycats. All in all I’d be interested in continuing on with this series, and can see this series becoming wildly popular. And I loved the drawings as well!

  • Julie Powell
    2019-01-23 15:50

    I was given this book by the author for review and I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for fantasy and this had all the ingredients...I do particularly like stories that are a mix of reality and fantasy.Although for a younger age group, it would have appeal for those older, as it delved into the mysterious legend of King Arthur, bringing it into the life of someone whose life is turned upside down because of it. The story is filled with mystery and a darkness that...I don't give spoilers, but will say that some of the characters are definitely from the dark side, and this tale was well told, setting the foundation for something more.I do think that some of the scenes and characters could have been fleshed out more, but maybe the author is waiting for the next installment?A good read.

  • Ronesa Aveela
    2019-01-25 07:49

    I always enjoy a tale that has anything to do with King Arthur, and this one was no exception. The beginning reminded me a bit about the first book of Harry Potter, but the rest of the story is its own unique tale. I think the fact that it is set in modern times will appeal more to today's MG/YA groups, who may not understand much of the Arthurian times. The book is well-written with well-developed characters, even down to the animals. There are a lot of lovely descriptions and it was easy to find myself swept away with the excitement and adventure these young people were going through. The glimmers into other dimensions was well done and easy to understand. This will definitely be a book the young and old alike will enjoy reading.

  • bookSmith
    2019-02-14 09:51

    The Famous Five (Blyton) meets The Dark is Rising (Cooper) and yes, I love both books. The Golden Sword mixes the magic of the Arthurian legends with childhood adventures. In the novel, Arthur and his friends' seemingly dull lives take a mythical turn as he begins to learn about relationships not only with people, but also with animals and the land. An unlikely hero, Arthur discovers that "Age is no barrier to destiny.” This traditionally middle school novel has a much more universal appeal, especially for readers interested in myths and legends. I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading about Cornwall and the creatures that inhabit the county.

  • Karen *ReaderGirl*
    2019-01-30 10:57

    I really loved “The Golden Sword” by Rosie Morgan, and I’m an adult in my 30’s. To me this novel has the type of cross age-appeal as say, Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. Kids will love it, but so will the adults! I thought it was excellently written and I loved the drawings too! I thought the characters were great, and I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened. The pacing is brisk, and there is plenty of action and lore to keep even the pickiest reader captivated. Looking forward to the next one!

  • William O'Brien
    2019-02-02 07:43

    A great read!The Golden Sword (The Camelot Inheritance ~ Book 1)I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.A great story with an unusual twist! Any fan of King Arthur and connected stories will thoroughly enjoy this read. The nice realism of Bodmin Moor adds to the intriguing page-turning of the tale. The Golden Sword is slightly strange, eerie and atmospheric. Fantasy lovers, children and adults will be drawn into Morgan's magical world. It will be good to see more from the author 5*****

  • Jenna
    2019-02-21 09:43

    this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. You honestly cannot fake that, either you have it or you don’t. Nothing worse than an adult who is “trying” to sound like a kid! Thoroughly enjoyed the Arthurian element and the lively cast of creatures/characters. I’d love to read more from this author in the future! The next book in the series is already available. Recommend for readers ages 14 and up.

  • James Groenestein
    2019-02-10 16:00

    A great effort from the author, this has all the ingredients in becoming a brilliant fantasy series. I loved the fact it is set in Cornwall, the descriptions of the scenery is definitely on point! I would have given 5 stars, however there were some grammar problems and also it felt at times like the plot was going to fast.I would still recommend this book, and will be checking out the next instalment.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-17 09:51

    I thought this was a marvelous book. I enjoy books about King Arthur and time travel. M/G, Y/A and even adults should enjoy The Golden Sword. Beware, nothing is as it seems.Rosie Morgan did a great job with her descriptions of Cornwall, the villages, the people and the moors. Terrific story and I can't wait to read the next one.I won this book in a contest on the author's blog.

  • Indiebrag
    2019-02-21 13:04

    We are proud to announce that THE GOLDEN SWORD by Rosie Morgan is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

  • Rob Beck
    2019-02-04 14:02

    I read Rosie Morgan's "The Golden Sword" with interest because it is set in the town in which I live.The story centres around Arthur, Nick, and Tamar, three friends who become the quarry of the mysterious Crow Man, amongst others, as Arthur learns of his ancient birthright as a guardian of Cornwall.Overall, I found the book easy to read, and finished it very quickly. There were some interesting characters; two of my favourites were the Watchers; Servo and the street cleaner. I was particularly intrigued by the way that Servo spoke of time as if it were distance: "he's more that three thousand years from here." I thought having a street cleaner as a reasonably important character in a novel that deals with Arthurian myth was a nice touch. I loved the name given to Tamar's dog (which I won't reveal here, as I found it a delight to encounter time after time in the story). I also found the description of the teenaged boys' rooms very accurate!I would have liked more explanation for why certain things happened in the story. In several places seemingly important or unusual events occurred with no explanation as to why they happened. However, this is book one in a series of three and it is possible that the answers may be revealed later. It is also important to remember that the book is intended for a reasonably young audience and perhaps too much information could discourage them from reading the story. I would also have liked the tension to build a little more. A lot of exciting things happen, but somehow it never quite felt like it. This is something that I think could alienate younger readers whom I think have a bigger appetite and tolerance for excitement than we sometimes give them credit for.In summary, Despite the points mentioned above, I quite enjoyed this book and had no trouble finishing it. I would recommend it for anyone in the target audience group with a taste for the mysterious, especially if they have a local interest.

  • Kirstie Ellen
    2019-02-07 12:52

    The Golden Sword**I received an advanced copy via NetGalley – thank you!**The StoryThe Golden Sword is about three young kids around whom strange things begin to happen. A slight retake on the legend of King Arthur, we follow the main character (also called Arthur) on an adventure as he deals with strange characters like the Crow Man whilst trying to keep his friends and family safe. This is quick, children’s read that has a lot of action and a cute little plot line.Is it close to the legend?Not really, in all honesty – yes there are links, but this is essentially Morgan’s own work. The aforementioned sword in the title is probably the strongest link we have, aside from certain characters. I was a little confused in the beginning because I’d thought this would be strikingly similar and I’d be slapping my legs going oh boooy is this sneakily clever! It’s not quite like that (though, perhaps I’m just a little too obsessed with the Merlin TV show and still pining away in hope of a rebootal). However, once I got over this and adjusted my perspective the story was perfectly enjoyable. Who should read this?This is definitely children’s fiction. I didn’t mind this – it was quite quick and not as “intellectually” stimulating for me, being not a young kid, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy the story. Quick is definitely one of the first words that pops to mind when I want to describe this book. Things happen quickly and problems arise and are solved in the flash of an eye. So if you’re entirely sick of the YA novels dragging out their plot lines like some convicted criminal of the 13th century, then perhaps this is the light reading you’ve been looking for. Can we please take a moment to appreciate the cover!I’m not going to lie. 98% of the reason I wanted to read this was because of the cover (the remaining 2% being the fact "Arthurian legend" floated around the premises of the plot line). It is simply gorgeous - seriously, wow! A round of applause p-lease for the artist who conjured this one from the depths of their glorious imagination! This is one of my favourite covers for the year.SummaryThis was a pleasant read and I’ll probably dip into the rest of the series if it so tickles my fancy in the future. I’m definitely curious to see what developments occur and how our characters mature. So if you’re a young reader, or just young at heart, I’d say you’d probably find this book quite agreeable. If you don’t, well, there’s always the cover to look at, isn’t there?Happy reading!