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Miles Arthur And The Quest For The King's Scabbard Paperback – April 10, 2015
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Nothing speaks more to me than a teacher, or any adult who believes in encouraging the creativity and imagination in children. Books were an important part of my childhood and continue to be a major component in my life. So anyone who encourages children to read and develop a love of books receives 100% of my support.
Miles Arthur and the Quest for the King’s Scabbard is a very enjoyable story that pulls the reader right next to Miles and his friends as they go on their quest. Miles is not the strongest kid at his school but his foster Dad, who is a secret service agent/former Navy SEAL is trying to change that. Miles is required to work out every day and "fight" with his foster brother Kay, who is way stronger than him and is the quarterback of the football team. They live in a fortress of a house called Bedgrayne, which is made of stone and has top-of-the-line security.
Miles likes Gwen and wants to ask her to the State Fair. But when he trips at school and accidentally kisses Leanie, who likes him, he accepts her invitation instead. At the State Fair, Leanie goes off with her friends and Miles spots Gwen, who is sitting alone. They go into the Fun House to get away from Kay and his football friends who are following them. While hurrying through the maze, Miles and Gwen come out the back end of the Fun House to meet a strange man with a silver beard. He has an old game called Sword in the Stone.
Just when Miles goes to swing the sledgehammer to the game, Kay grabs it out of his hands and tries the game himself to show Miles how it’s done. Nothing happens. The sword doesn’t move. Miles tries and rings the bell. Miles hits it over and over and the same thing happens, the sword hits the bell. This produces the Excalibur that is handed to Miles. The old man, Merlin, informs Miles that he is King Arthur reincarnated after 1,000 years. Once Miles has the sword, everything changes in his life. He has two weeks to find the Scabbard, give it to his foster father to save his father's life.
Miles isn’t sure he believes Merlin until his father checks out his story going to the fair and there is nothing behind the Fun House where there are only two passages instead of three and none exit to the back of the building. Miles decides he must find the Scabbard and save his father and Gwen decides to go with him since she knows how to drive. The night before Miles and Gwen are to head out, all hell breaks loose and there is no turning back or denying who Miles really is.
This is a modern-day fantasy story that will take you on a fun-filled ride. It reminds me of the Percy Jackson stories where a teenager finds out he/she really isn't who they think they are and pretty much right away believes they are from another time. Zyburo does a great job of bringing the reader into the story, making them cheer for Miles to win. There are plenty of funny parts as Miles is a little clumsy and Baldwin, who also goes on the quest, is a goofy sidekick. There are exciting parts when the trio are fighting those trying to stop them along the way. There are also touching moments with Gwen or Guinevere, as they get to know each other better.
If you like Young Adult books and like a little fantasy and adventure, you won't be disappointed with this one. It will entertain you and make you lose track of time. If you have a young adult in your life give this as a gift. When I wasn't reading about Miles and his friends, I was itching to get back to joining the story.