Braden has one goal: knighthood.
Unfortunately, he lives on a horse farm in modern day America with his uncle, his younger brother, and an aunt who absolutely hates him.
Against all odds, Braden and his brother, Jamie, stumble across a pair of special swords that sweep them back into medieval times. They land near a castle whose lord has a task for them.
His older son is lost somewhere in time, and only someone who can control the Swords of Time can save him.
With the goal of knighthood suddenly in sight, Braden's not sure he wants to leave, but he wishes to impress the lord. Can he protect his brother, find the lost heir, and fulfill his dreams, or will the lord's younger son ruin everything?
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As with most kids books, it didn't really feel that stand-out or amazing. The characters could be shallow and frustrating, and the plot was simplistic, but I only got annoyed at Braden a couple times. He'd led a hard life, though, and being bullied by someone who should be a parental figure is devastating, so he has excuses.
Really, my only qualm with the book is that the characters tend to be rather one-note and caricaturized. There is character growth, but only for Braden and Darren, and their characters still aren't very complex.
But such is typical of these stories, and I still enjoyed the book. It was a great trip back into my childhood of time travel fantasy that made learning fun.
(Also, I'm not sure that we have orphanages anymore in modern-day America. Not many, at any rate. I think a threat of the foster care system would have been more realistic.)
Profanity: NONE - no offensive language
Sexuality: NONE - not even hinted at
Other: Some fighting and a non-graphic close call with a torture device