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The Seven Swords: Otherworld Chronicles, Book Two


The Seven Swords: Otherworld Chronicles, Book Two

Going from a gamer to a legendary king-in-the-making could have been a lot to handle for Artie Kingfisher. Instead, he traveled with ease back and forth between this world and the Otherworld all while retrieving Excalibur, setting Merlin free, ticking off Lordess Morgaine and inching one step closer to returning to Avalon. Of course, Artie also failed to save his friend Qwon from being captured, kind of lost the blade to Excalibur and isn’t exactly sure what to do next. Nobody said becoming King Arthur was going to be a walk in the park.

"The battles are fierce and wild, the creatures mysterious and horrifying and the new schemes menacing and game-changing."

This much is true: Artie and his growing number of knights have less than 10 days to open the King’s Gate at Avalon in order to completely reunite the two different worlds. If they fail, Artie will not become king, Lordess Morgraine will gain unspeakable power and Qwon could be lost forever. The only problem is that the only way to get to Avalon is to retrieve the Seven Swords, the seven most magical blades of the Dark Ages. And these swords can only be retrieved by their rightful owners. Oh, and Excalibur is currently in Lordess Morgraine’s clutches. Ten days may not be enough time!

With no time to waste, Artie, his sister Kay, and the rest of the knights set off to retrieve the swords. Along the way, they’ll have to kidnap a future knight, travel to Sweden, France, and Japan and naturally, battle supernatural creatures that want to kill them. There’s a reason the Seven Swords have remained hidden for so long, and it’s not because no one has ever thought to go looking for them. One thing is for sure, Artie is going to have earn his crown the hard way. The original King Arthur would certainly approve.

For her part, Qwon has tried to be a good prisoner. She’s been cooped up with a fairy that could overpower anyone with its pungent smell, hasn’t had much to eat and also wonders where in the world she is. Qwon has tried to make friends with her captor, Mordred, who happens to be Lordess Morgraine’s son. For some reason, Qwon finds something familiar about Mordred, something that just might make the difference between Artie succeeding or failing in his quest to return to Avalon and unite the world and the Otherworld.

The legend of King Arthur was far from boring, and author Johnson-Shelton has certainly succeeded in making the second installment in this re-creation action-packed. Since the first book, THE INVISIBLE TOWER, provided all the background information, it’s time to focus on the good stuff. The battles are fierce and wild, the creatures mysterious and horrifying and the new schemes menacing and game-changing. Even good old Merlin seems to be hiding some important information, and his allegiance to Artie seems questionable at best. I believe that Artie just might make it to Avalon, but I’m just not sure how he’s going to get there or what will happen along the way!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on January 7, 2013

The Seven Swords: Otherworld Chronicles, Book Two
by Nils Johnson-Shelton

  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062070959
  • ISBN-13: 9780062070951