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Review: The Sword of the Spirit by Rob Keeley

The Sword and the SpiritSeries: Spirits #3

Title: The Sword of the Spirit

Author: Rob Keeley

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

Pages: 128

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

This series just keeps on getting even better! Ellie and her brother Charlie have moved to live in the converted stable block of a medieval castle, Holiley Castle, with their Mum who is part of the Journeyback team getting the site ready for opening to the public. As part of this, a team of archaeologists are searching for the fabled Sword of St Merrell but with Ellie around you just know there will be spirits around and nothing will go quite to plan!

This story involves many of the same characters from the earlier novels along with some great new ones. The story has an added twist with time travel being involved together with more ghostly revelations as Ellie realises her actions may have unexpected, potentially devastating, consequences – no one can mess with history without impacting on the present and future!

The story is well told, action packed and an intriguing read. There’s a touch of romance, wrongs righted and brilliant descriptions to bring all the interactions and events vividly to life in the reader’s imagination. There seemed to be more humour in this story, adding an additional dimension to the story, Edward plays a less significant but still essential role and the lady from Viewpoint has some startling revelations to make.

Although this is the third novel in the series, it has been written so it may also be read as a standalone novel. It has a target audience of children aged 8 – 12 years old though I know of some pupils who were younger to whom this would also appeal and have to say it still appeals to me as an adult, too. As a teacher, I believe this story could be used in a wide variety of ways to improve the learning of pupils as well as for an individual, group or class reader, but I’ll share a couple of them. Firstly, the time travel aspects of the story could easily be used to great effect in school, involving children researching alternate time periods and what the characters might experience should they visit those eras. Secondly, the brilliant use of description to bring the story to life could be inspirational to pupils, enhancing their vocabulary and encouraging them to evaluate the impact of language choices on the reader and to begin to make better use of these in their own writing.

I have no hesitation in highly recommend this fantastic children’s novel to everyone over seven years old.

Thanks to the author and publishers, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.


Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children’s author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series.

“There are truths which must be revealed before the battle may commence. You do not yet know the meaning of the sword.”

Ellie’s investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn’t expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie’s meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far…

The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age – primarily 8-12 – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud. 

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

The earlier two books in this series, both of which I have already reviewed, are Childish Spirits and The Spirit of LondonTo learn more about this author, check out his interview on this blog here!


One comment on “Review: The Sword of the Spirit by Rob Keeley

  1. Pingback: High Spirits by Rob Keeley #Review #Children’s #Series | splashesintobooks

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