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Young Adult Fiction Epic

The Paper Sword

Spell Crossed

by (author) Robert Priest

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2014
Category
Epic, General, Wizards & Witches
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459708266
    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
    List Price
    $12.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459708280
    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
    List Price
    $3.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
  • Reading age: 12 to 15

Description

A painted sword is their only protection from evil sorcery, strange creatures, and enemy forces.

On the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, teenage Xemion dreams of being a great swordsman. When he finds a blade-shaped stick, he fashions it to look like a real sword. Knowing that the laws of their cruel Pathan conquerors would require a death sentence for possession of such an object, his friend Saheli demands he destroy it. He agrees, but insists on performing just one sword ceremony. When his mastery of the weapon, a skill long forgotten, is witnessed by a mysterious man named Vallaine, the two friends are invited to join a planned rebellion. At first they refuse, but when a sadistic official discovers their transgressions, they are forced to flee their home and embark on a dangerous journey to the ruins of the ancient city of Ulde, where rebel forces are gathering.

Armed with only their wits and the painted sword, they face Thralls, Triplicants, dragons, rage-wraiths, and a host of other spell-crossed beings. As they approach the Great Kone, source of all spell-craft, Saheli’s fear of magic and Xemion’s attraction to it bind them in a crossed spell of their own — one that threatens to separate the two forever.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Where Priest excels is in his stellar construction of this visionary world and his enviable, sophisticated writing style.

School Library Journal

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

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