Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: The Wrong Sword by Ted Mendelssohn

The Wrong Sword

Ted Mendelssohn


Published April 13th 2012 by Musa Publishing

3 stars out of 5

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.

My Review:

*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Now, this review is going to be short and sweet. First off, I would like to state that the reason I gave this book a three star rating is because I just couldn't get into it. Now remember, this is all personal taste, and The Wrong Sword just wasn't a book I could get lost in.

The Wrong Sword is a genre that I don’t really get into, but since I got a request to read the book, which sounded very comical, I thought why not give it a try. It is a very humorous book, with a unique twist on an old legend about the sword Excalibur. I found the idea to be interesting, the way Mendelssohn intersects his own take of Excalibur, adding new and old into one mix along with his own ideas.

‘“The one they call Cut Steel. The sword of Arthur, another lord of Breton.

 Henry, the trickster, con-artist, swindler and seller of so-called ‘magical’ swords. This is how he makes a living. It’s the only way he knows how to get by, even though he  just happens to enjoy it. However, Henry gets on the wrong side of one very powerful man. Prince Geoffrey. And Henry finds himself in a situation he tries hard to avoid. Being honest. Doing actual work. Finding a real magical sword.

Henry must find the one and only sword-Excalibur, for the malicious Prince Geoffrey. The sword carried by Arthur. King. Knight. 

He must find this sword, his life depends on it.

But Excalibur isn’t what it seems, and when Henry finally has the sword in his hands he learns that.
Excalibur has a mind of its own, and its own opinions.

‘“You just cheated Prince Geoffrey’s men out of a fortune…”’

The Wrong Sword, as I have mentioned, was one I just couldn't fully enjoy. However, that doesn’t make it a bad book. On the contrary, it was a well written, nicely plotted story. It had interesting characters, especially Excalibur. It was simple not my taste. Maybe it was because I am not in the mood for this sort of genre or simply it’s just not my type of read. However, if it sounds like a book you could enjoy, get lost in, give it a try! 


  1. Great review. I'm not much of a fan of fantasy books that are also comedies. I'm more of an epic fantasy kind of gal. Sorry you couldn't fully enjoy this one

    1. I'm more of an epic fantasy kind of chic, too. But I thought I would give this one a try!!! :D

      Thanks for stopping by girl! Always puts a smile on my face!


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