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Product Details

  • Series: Adventures of Validus Smith (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cappella Books; First edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988287013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988287013
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You ll love your first adventure with Val and Alex, and be chomping at the bit for volume II. If you re a fantasy fan, do yourself a favor and pick up The Sword of Six Worlds. And if you ve got kids, read and discuss it with them! Bottom Line: The Sword of Six Worlds is fun, insightful and challenging. Though it s written for kids, every age will enjoy it! --JR. Forasteros

I really enjoyed `The Sword of Six Worlds' and I think it has valuable messages for kids written into the adventures Val and Alex find themselves facing. The author has a way of teaching without preaching and I found the story to be delightful and humorous. The cast of characters include a sentient rock, talking animals, and a villain who is more than meets the eye. Using the lessons of compassion, responsibility and humility, Val must find a way to triumph over evil. Fast-paced and funny, you will find yourself entranced by `The Sword of Six Worlds'! --Bibliographic Book Blog

What a fun story! The author, Matt Mikalatos, has a one-of-a-kind imagination! --Carla, a reader

About the Author

Matt read Tolkien for the first time when he was six years old and spent the next couple of decades stealing fantasy novels off his dad's bookshelf. The Sword of Six Worlds was originally written for his kids. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife and three daughters.

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Matt Mikalatos lives near Portland, Oregon, where the moss will grow on you if you binge-watch too much Amazon Prime. His latest book, "The First Time We Saw Him" reimagines the story of Jesus by setting his story in the 21st century. He also has a kid's fantasy novel and two crazy theological comedies. He's a graduate of the UC Riverside creative writing department and has a Master's degree from Western Seminary.

You can follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/mattmikalatos) or check out his podcast (storymen.us) or his online magazine (www.norvillerogers.com).

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The author has truly created a rich world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JR. Forasteros on November 6, 2012
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The first time I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I was probably 10 years old. I just remember enjoying the story, marveling at the magical world of Narnia. As I grew up, I heard that The Chronicles of Narnia were spiritual allegories, and as I reflected on the plot of the book, I could see what they meant. I didn't actually reread that first book until college, and the story's blatant theology caught me off guard (J. R. R. Tolkien famously called the books 'crude allegory').

In retrospect, I'm glad college-me was more spiritually perceptive than 10-year-old me.
I would've loved the chance to read Narnia with my parents, for them to help me see the biblical themes. I can imagine that such a book would be a useful tool for parents today looking for a fun book to help their kids talk about Jesus and theology at their level.

Enter Matt Mikalatos' new book The Sword of Six Worlds: a tremendous book and wonderful resource.
If you read my blog, you know that Matt is one of my favorite authors, and RELEVANT already described him as "C. S. Lewis meets Monty Python". The Sword of Six Worlds introduces us to a rich, fun fantasy world ripe for adventure.

We meet Validus Smith (it's from the Latin, call her Val) and her best friend, Alex. After dodging an evil substitute teacher whose trying to kill them (aren't they all?), Val and Alex discover that Earth is but one of many worlds threatened by the Blight. Earth's last hero paladin is gone, making Val Earth's last hope.

Children want books where the stakes are real and their choices matter. Sword of Six Worlds delivers marvelously on both counts.
The story is fun and interesting, and Matt's world-building will leave you hungry for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Gable on September 20, 2012
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For a few years, I've searched for worthwhile stories I can read to/with my daughters. In a category that is owned by promiscuous vampiric nonsense, I can say that at last there is a series worthy of my kids. With "The Sword of Six Worlds", Matt Mikalatos provides us with relatable characters and storylines and imagery pregnant with deep and lasting positive themes. The various plot points easily translate into deeper conversations with my girls about things like forgiveness and redemption and mercy. The highest praise I can give is that this first book, in what I am sure will be an epic series, is a welcome aid in my quest to be a better father.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Jarchow on September 20, 2012
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This book was so much fun to read! I am a huge fan of Young Adult and Children's Literature, and I was so glad that Matt Mikalatos decided to write in this genre! The Sword of Six Worlds is fast-paced and full of absurd and hilarious adventure, just like a good kid's book(and no, not kid like a goat...) should be. The story has talking animals, rocks that tell stories, and girls wielding swords, so I'm pretty sure that it gets an A+ in my grade book. It also has beautiful themes about family and friends and having compassion on everyone, even if they are your enemy. All in all, simply wonderful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayla on August 25, 2013
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I am an adult and even I very much enjoyed this book. I went in with high expectations (having read his other books and hearing that this book is comparable to The Chronicles of Narnia) and came away satisfied. Good adventure. Good characters. Good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Reitan on May 28, 2013
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I've been reading a chapter a night of The Sword of Six Worlds to my seven-year-old daughter as bedtime reading. I've never seen her so excited about bedtime stories. She identifies with the courageous and resourceful female lead character, Validus Smith, in a way that I can only think of as a very good thing: no dainty princess in distress, but a strong adolescent girl committed to fighting to save the world. The supporting cast of talking animals connects well with children my daughter's age, and the spiritual themes are present in a way that enriches the narrative without becoming heavy-handed or straying into thinly-veiled allegorical preaching. The story is engaging enough that older elementary children will enjoy reading it on their own. And I must concede that my daughter's enthusiasm for the story is infectious enough, and the story and writing good enough on their own, that The Sword of Six Worlds has proved to be a more enjoyable read-aloud experience than most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on April 18, 2013
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I got this book for my son, who is eight years old. Before I gave it to him though, I decided to read it first to make sure it wasn't too intense for him. I couldn't put it down! I loved the story and the characters. It reminded me a bit of A Wrinkle in Time (one of my favorite kid books), but is uniquely wonderful. I can't wait to read more books in this series....There are going to be more, right? I will be on the lookout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on September 8, 2013
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When Validus's substitute teacher turns out to be a monster and tries to attack her, she and her friend Alex flee with two new students through a portal that takes them to another world. There the new students transform to their regular selves, a tiger and a horse, both of which can talk! Validus learns that she is a paladin, a person who is meant to protect Earth from the Blight, a darkness that seeks to destroy everything in its path. Validus isn't sure that she is a paladin, but there is no time to talk about it. The monster chases her into the fantasy world, and she must flee with the tiger and horse to the Cidadel for help.

Alex got separated from Validus and is befriended by a rock man. Together he and the rock man do what they can to help Validus and keep her safe. The question is: can Validus find the Sword of Six Worlds before the Blight destroys them all?

This was a super fun middle grade fantasy story. I enjoyed all the talking animals and the adventure. The story also had a nice moral at the end. I read this aloud to my kids, and they both loved it, especially when Validus was mistaken for a goat. Whimsical fun for young readers. If you have readers aged 8-12 around the house, give this book a try.
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