When The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis was released all the way in March of 2009, there was nothing that I wanted to do more than read it.I had greatly enjoyed the first couple of stories in The 39 Clues kids book series, the latest one being One False Note by Gordon Korman, and the series was coming along very well. Excellent plot, excellent mystery, plus awesome characters. What more could a young ten-year old want?
The 39 Clues is a multi-author series penned by super well-liked, bestselling authors concerning orphans called Dan and Amy Cahill. When their grandmother Grace dies, they learn they are actually members of the most powerful family in the history of mankind. The source of their families power is spread all through the globe in the form of 39 clues. The individual who discovers each of the clues will become the most powerful person in the history of mankind.
Dan and Amy Cahill, unsurprisingly, are definitely not alone in wanting to find the clues. Their treacherous, back-stabbing family members will do pretty much anything they can in order to be the 1st to find the clues.
Just as all of the early additions in The 39 Clues series, I completed The Sword Thief on the very day that it came out. While this was an interesting story and moved the series along, I remember not being super contented with this book.
At the end of One False Note, Dan and Amy come across samurai swords by the area of the clue. They put two and two together and head off for Japan. Just before they’re able to board a flight for Japan, however, their cousins, Ian and Natalie Kabra, trick them and leave them helpless in the airport.
While Amy and Dan are stuck, their uncle Alistair Oh offers to help Amy and Dan and establish a partnership. All things considered, Alistair has money and property in Korea, and he also has intelligence and experience. Amy and Dan do not fully have confidence in him, but they agree to team up for the time being.
Amy, Dan, and Alastair figure out that the clue is hidden in the history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, an amazing Japanese warrior and son of Thomas Cahill, the man who founded the Tomas branch.
The Holt family, at the same time, are likewise hot after the clue and are able to snare them into a subway trap. It seems like it is going to be curtains for Dan and Amy, but Alastair saves them before they end up being hit by a train. We also get to see the human side of the Holtchildren when they balk at the prospect of killing the Cahill kids.
Unfortunately, the 3 of them accidentally go into the property of sword-wielding Yakuza, or Japanese warriors. Nellie, their au pair, is able to save them, alongside Ian and Natalie Kabra. Amy, Dan, and Alastair all agree to create an alliance with their Kabra cousins. They do that somewhat because of the fact that Amy hasalmost a crush on Ian, and Ian is pretending as if it’s both ways.
The evidence points to Korea, and the group of six travel to Alastair’s residence. We learn more with regards to the Ekaterina branch and also about Bae Oh, Alastair’s uncle and current leader of the Ekaterina branch. After Alastair’s dad died, Alastair lived depressing years under the hand of his uncle. While traveling to Korea, however, alastair finds out for the first time that Bae Oh paid someone for Alastair’s dad to be killed.
At Alastair’s residence, he provides some of his own info with the others. We discover lots more regarding the clue hunt, specifically the fact that the thirty-nine clues are 39 chemical elements that when mixed together will create a kind of philosopher’s stone. They then travel to the mountain Pukhansan, and Dan finds a way to trick the others regarding where the clue is.
The ending is an engaging anddangerous saga, in which we discover the actual objectives of Amy and Dan’s relatives. Will Ian and Natalie acquire the clue, or will Amy and Dan outsmart them yet again? Moreimportantly, will Alastair Oh live?
Like I mentioned before, I look at this as one of the weakest books in the 39 clues series. Although Gordon Korman mentioned the way he made use of The Maze of Bones as his bible in penning One False Note, Peter Lerangis obviously didn’t follow the example. The book is penned in quite a different style in comparison to the rest of the books in the series. The other books are authored in a thrilling, detached, and realistic style. This book is considerably more relaxed, the tone of the story is more informal, and it is also not nearly as much action-packed. Additionally, it is kind of hard to comprehend. Consequently, the book loses some of its educational benefit and I honest don’t remember any of the historical info, very different from the other 39 clues books.
While some of my friends who were reading the series at the time this novel came out told me that they liked the break from the action, every one of them ceased reading The 39 Clues after this book. Not even one of my friends who started this seriesending up reading the fourth addition. In addition, books one and two were both number one on the bestseller list for quite a while. This book was on the bestseller list for a short time, but did not hit number one. None of the subsequent additions to the series did, either.
That’s to say there aren’t good parts to the way Lerangis writes, however. He introduces a possible romantic relationship between Ian and Amy that has continued throughout the series to the current books with different boyfriends and clues of crushes. This was the topic most often discussed among clue hunters during the Cahills vs. Vespers storyline, and was in my view a valuable addition to The 39 Clues series.
This book has some good information about the clue hunt that brings the story along, so it’s a must for dedicated clue hunters going back through the early books . In general, though, the writing in this story is not nearly as good as in the rest of the series and on its own I would not recommend it.