Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Time Hunters and The Sword of Ages by Carl Ashmore

The Sword of Ages is the fourth instalment in The Time Hunters series.  This time Becky, Joe and Uncle Percy are on the trail of a sword in medieval England.

The best thing about the whole series of stories is that young readers are never spoken down to or the story dumbed down, and older readers can pick up on references younger ones might not.

As the young characters get older, the stories get a little more "grown up".  This one is quite dark and scary at times.  The evil characters are more evil and the youngsters have to deal with more.  None of this takes away from the fact that this is a romping great tale.  We find out more about the other characters, especially Will's back story.

I do think that this is the best of the lot so far.  I also think it could be read on its own, but it is far far better to have followed the stories.  I really like Becky and Joe's relationship where they are always calling each other names, but are always fiercely protective of each other.

The only negative thing about this book is that it finishes.  I'm always left wanting more.

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