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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848779399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848779396
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. J. Busby lived on boats till she was sixteen: she vividly remembers mushrooms growing out of the walls, and a terrifying occasion crossing the English Channel in a gale in a small barge which nearly overturned. She spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book, even when walking along the road. Luckily she survived to grow up, but she still carried on reading whenever she could. She studied science and then social anthropology at university, and lived in a South Indian fishing village for a year to research her PhD. She has spent time living in Scotland, Wales and various bits of England, and currently lives in Devon with her three children. She is the author of the Spell series (Frogspell, Cauldron Spells, Icespell, Swordspell) set in King Arthur's time and all illustrated by David Wyatt. They are enjoyed by girls and boys aged 7-9 who like magic, humour, talking animals and adventures. Her latest series, starting with Deep Amber, is for slightly older children (8-11) and involves fantasy, magic and multiple worlds.
Find out more about her and her books on her website: www.cjbusby.co.uk

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About the Author

C. J. Busby was brought up on boats and in caravans in the southeast of England and north Wales. She read avidly as a child, and moved frequently from place to place. She studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge and then taught at universities in Edinburgh, London and Kent. She now lives in Devon and has three children aged between 8 and 16. She currently works on environmental issues with schools, and is a copyeditor for an academic press.

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By Nick Green on 14 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Love this. I wasn't sure at first how my seven-year-old would take to it, as it's a) the fourth book in a series which he doesn't know, and b) he's never really heard of King Arthur before. Well, he has now, and wants more.

What's amazing is that this story puts Arthurian legend through the wringer, yet the classic tale somehow holds its shape. Yes, it's a wildly re-imagined version, with a boy wizard, his girl-power younger sister, and not one but three comical animal sidekicks (fierce rat, valiant duck and stupid dragon), but this is still recognisably Camelot. The familiar names - Gawain, Merlin, Mordred - stride across the page, even if the faces may not be quite as you remember them. Nor do the characters themselves seem quite to know the story they're in (`What was the name? Lancelot, did you say?'). This unfamiliarity gives a whole new freshness to the classic setting - Arthur, for instance, never once suspects that his beloved sister Morgana Le Faye is out to get him.

But the story itself belongs to Max, a gifted young wizard who is Merlin's apprentice. And magic here is both fun and fascinating. You really get a sense of what it's like to cast (and undo) spells, and all without being bogged down in gobbledegook. This magic is elegantly simple and totally convincing. For boys especially, Max is a terrific role model of brains over brawn, just as his hard-as-nails sister Olivia (a knight in training) is a great antidote to the pink princess brigade.

The action gallops along, managing to cram in magic lessons, tournaments, a noble quest to save the realm, and a sizzling final showdown with the forces of darkness. The baddies range from the spiteful to the slimy to the pure evil, but there's nothing too scary or upsetting.
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Format: Paperback
So this is it, the last one in the series and the toughest challenge yet. Morgana is determined to get rid of Arthur once and for all so Max, Olivia, Merlin and friends must try to find a way to stop her, forever.

With no idea what the Swordspell involves it's hard to make a plan, but once again they fall into mischief and end up in the middle of the plot.

This book wraps the series up nicely, I didn't think it was quite as exciting as the one before it (Icespell) but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some interesting twists and turns and it was great to see Snotty get what's coming to him!

These really are excellent, fun little books that I'm sure kids will love and it's a great way to introduce them to the world and time of King Arthur.

I'm actually a bit sorry to see the series end.
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Format: Kindle Edition
It is the final tale in this enjoyable series and once more Max needs to protect King Arthur from Morgana Le Fay but he doesn’t have Merlin’s help. He sets of on a quest with his friends to use his wits, magic, and skills to save the King and destroy Morgana once and for all. This was the perfect ending to this series. It was still full of adventure and action, it has adults helping the children, and it finally has an ending that wraps everything up which was fantastic. Of course, you can imagine that this is not really the end of Max’s misfortunes and you can tell he will likely be on many more adventures in his life but that is simply the magic of this ending. All is okay for now but it leaves you feeling the love for all the characters you’ve just read about.
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By Deborah on 8 Jun. 2014
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Wonderful, funny book, my daughter laughed out loud when reading it. It's great that it is part of a series as well.
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