Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 15
- Grade: 7 to 10
- Reading age: 12 to 15
On the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, young Xemion and his friend Saheli just made one little mistake, but now they’re in a fight for their own lives and the future of all Phaer. Up against Thralls, Triplicants, dragons, rage-wraiths, will they find the key to victory in the Great Kone, the source of all magic? And what will it cost them?
The Paper Sword – Spell Crossed #1
After shaking hands with a man with a red hand, Xemion and Saheni must flee their forest home and cross dangerous lands haunted by creatures caught in the forces of conflicting spells, while being pursued by a traitorous Examiner. They head for the city of Ulde, where a rebellion is brewing against the ruthless rulers of Phaer Isle, the Pathans.
Second Kiss – Spell Crossed #2
Young Xemion is at a crossroads. War looms on the horizon, and his dream of becoming a swordfighter is finally a reality, but without his warrior beloved, Saheli, by his side, he’s incomplete. He must break the spell that separates them and find his way back to her. For one more kiss.
Missing Piece – Spell Crossed #3
Xemion has great power as a mage and as a warrior, but none of that means anything to him if he cannot bring back his beloved Saheli. And with war looming, the evil Montither is set on taking care of Saheli once and for all. Can Xemion save her in time? And will she still remember him and their promise of long ago?
About the author
Robert Priest is known as a poet for both adults and children and has been published widely and internationally. He is also a performing musician, a songwriter and playwright (creator of the well-loved children’s play Knights of the Endless Day) and leads literacy workshops in schools. He has released numerous recordings for children with the musical group The Teds and a spoken word CD. Robert Priest lives in Toronto, Ontario.
A great adventure-fantasy tale in the tradition of the classics.… Highly original.
Canadian Materials magazine
Priest demonstrates considerable skill in creating his fantasy world: magic is real and spells can cross-react, producing such bravura set pieces as the city without friction.
Quill & Quire
Where Priest excels is in his stellar construction of this visionary world and his enviable, sophisticated writing style.
School Library Journal