Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sarah Allerding - Swords of Time

Swords of Time

By Sarah Allerding

Available on Amazon

Product Description (from Amazon)

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?

About the Author (from Amazon)

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O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Kendra

It's been a while since I last read a book that took me so strongly back to my childhood as Swords of Time did.

I was a lover of fantasy, as a kid. But my mom, the sensible person that she is ... wanted me to read educational stuff. But since she wasn't adverse to fantasy, there was an easy compromise - the "kid times travels back to the historical era" stories. Magic Tree House was my favorite, but there were others. 

This story, though a stand-alone, felt like reading one of those books.

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.) 

Genre/Theme: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel

Reading Level: CHILD - children's literature 
Profanity: NONE - no offensive language 
Sexuality: NONE - not even hinted at 
Other: Some fighting and a non-graphic close call with a torture device  


  1. I was encouraged to read educational stuff too, but as I wasn't really into fantasy, that wasn't a struggle. There was historical, there was 19th century girl literature (Which might be historical), and there was children's adventure stories from various part of the last century. Sometimes the historical was more interesting that anything else.

  2. Keep on writing, great job!


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