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The Sword of the Spirits

(The Sword of the Spirits #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In the conclusion to the trilogy set in post-apocalyptic England, Luke returns a triumphant Prince from his expedition in the North, although he loses the three things he cares about most.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published October 31st 1989 by Simon Pulse (first published 1972)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sword of the Spirits (The Sword of the Spirits #3), John Christopher
Sword of the Spirits trilogy: The Prince in Waiting (1970) Beyond the Burning Lands (1971) The Sword of the Spirits (1972). Written by Sam Youd under his pseudonym John Christopher.
Luke, readily assuming the role of military leader, extends his rule to Petersfield and Romsey and appears to be on his way to fulfilling the Spirits' command to unify the cities of the civilised lands. Then, from beyond the Burning Lands the Wils
David Nichols
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last volume of John Christopher's science-fantasy trilogy pays off, with interest, the narrative promise of the first two books. Luke Perry begins SWORD OF THE SPIRITS at the summit of his ambitions, enthroned as Prince of Winchester and betrothed to Blodwen, the most beautiful woman in the known world. Christopher quickly turns this fairy-tale beginning into a dark narrative of revolution, retribution, and self-destruction. Luke provides a premonition of the coming upheaval by breaking the ...more
I was not expecting the ending of this trilogy--and that is a good thing. I know many readers will be left wondering what just happened. That's because The Sword of the Spirits explores philosophical themes and the human condition in a way that is unique in the canon of John Christopher's young adult books. Firstly, why does no one talk about this trilogy as a retelling of the legend of King Arthur? A boy who is raised in the lower classes, suddenly has a prophecy for greatness, becomes a king w ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
این کتاب به نسبت دو کتاب قبلی این مجموعه با روندی سریعتر حوادث را روایت میکند و بسیار ساده و قابل فهم برای سنین پایین، جریان شکل گیری یک دیکتاتور و تقابل مذهب و علم را به تصویر میکشد. بر خلاف تصورم، کتاب واقعا لذتبخشی بود.
Sam Hutchinson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The final book in the tale of Luke of Winchester. His hopes and ambitions from the first two books come crashing down in a bitter and twisted finale, reminding readers of the harsh reality of the barbaric world that Luke calls home.

The whole trilogy expertly deals with themes of religion, enlightenment, deceit, chivalry, feminism and pride.
J.J. Rodeo
این کتابو تو دوره نوجوونی خوندم. الان بعد از ده-پونزده سال، هنوز بعضی از صحنه های کتاب تو ذهنم زنده ن. داستان یه آینده سیاه رو از بشریت نمایش می داد و شخصیت ها، در محیطی ناامن و خطرناک زندگی می کردند.

Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. Quite an unexpected but very good and thought provoking ending to the trilogy. Spoiler warning: DO NOT READ THE VERY LAST SENTENCE OF THE BOOK BEFORE YOU GET THERE! It'll ruin the whole experience. ...more
Marcia Van Camp
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
such an odd book
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
what I learned from this book is to never give up on your true love even know you THINK she is cheating on you.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When I first found Prince in Waiting, the first book of this trilogy, it was through searching for books with 'gray morality'. Now, this third and final book does not disappoint! It fully lives up to being the 'Game of Thrones for kids' that I hoped it would be.

Now that Luke, the main character, has returned from the adventure beyond the burning lands, the politicking is back in full swing. Cities need to be conquered, political enemies are waiting for a chance to strike, and Luke still does
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke has been a hard character to sympathize with since the beginning of the series, and this book just sealed the deal that he was a blind tyrant. Just like with the other books in the series, this novel was hard to get into until the last 70 pages of the book. It was heartbreaking that Luke did not get what he wanted, but did he really deserve to have it? At the same time, maybe Christopher wanted to explore a main character who wasn't exactly a hero. ...more
Bahman Bahman
سه گانه "کوههای سفید. شهر طلا و سرب و برکه آتش" که به سه گانه "سه پایه ها " مشهورند با نام جان کریستوفر نویسنده چیره دست انگلیسی گره خورده است. سه گانه " شهریار آینده. آنسوی سرزمین های شعله ور و شمشیر ارواح " و کتابهای " نگهبانان " و " غروب شیاطین " از دیگر آثار وی هستند "
کتاب شمشیر ارواح آخرین بخش از مجموعه سه گانه شهریار آینده است و پایان این رمان خواندنی
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book of a dreadful series! Dreadful NOT in the author's writing or characters, but in the portrayal of humans as a species. I was screaming and shouting at the sheer stupidity of the protagonist and his reactions to what was happening around him. In that alone, the author was brilliant in his writing. After reading this series, I know I will avoid Dystopian stories with a vengeance. ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من سالها پیش در نوجونی خوندنش و عالی بود
Zahra Poursheikhali
I like it.
Heather Bayless
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy to follow without having read the previous books. An easy read, covered it in under 24 hours. A decent filler book.
خیلی بد بود .آدم دلش میگیره وقتی میبینه اون دوتا جلد اون قدر خوب اما جلد سوم این قدر گند و پچگانه و ناحرفه ای نوشته شده .نویسنده نباید فقط به فکر پر کردن صفحه های کاغذش باشه .

The title does not mean much, either for the book itself or for the series. The middle book ended on a sad note, but this one concludes on a tragic (or pathetic) note. Christopher does leave room for a possible fourth book, but Luke, the protagonist, has not undergone any real character development after all the ordeals in this trilogy. Now he is a young adult who has antagonized almost everyone who likes or loves him. The author seems to have painted himself
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final book in Christopher’s Sword of the Spirits trilogy, and I have to say, I can’t think of any other trilogy in which the name is derived from the title of the last entry rather than the first.

Having killed his brother at the climax of Beyond The Burning Lands, Luke is now the ruler of Winchester, and is working to consolidate his power while the Seers – openly a religious order, but secretly working to restore technology to the world – assist him. Other factions, includ
Mads Kamp
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This just took a turn...

I started out the series expecting a somewhat straightforward YA-story about a prodigy-boy finding his feet as a wise ruler of the lands.
Boy, have I been sursprised!
The first book lulles you in. The second has you starting to question the motives of both Luke (the protagonist, Luke Perry to be exact ;)).
Now after the third and final book, I bow my head in respect for John Christopher. Young Luke suddenly turned into a spitefull human being. Wanting revenge and going for
A good conclusion to the trilogy. I found myself unable to put the book down - I really, really wanted to know what was going to happen next. The ending is excellent, and I think far better than most "children's" fantasy. Christopher is unafraid to write a protagonist with flaws or a non-fairy tale ending, and it makes the book shine. Overall, a fun series. ...more
Shady Lubbad
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I hated the ending... what the hell was that about... that is not an ending... especially if there was no other book being made? come on... if i know this was going to be the ending i would have not wasted my time with this book... come on.... some one needs to write another book finishing this story....
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the final installment in the series of the same name, and it wrapped up well. I continue to be amazed at how packed these older novels are. In one chapter, twenty pages, Christopher does as much as would often take up half of a longer novel. Yet, it still doesn't feel skimpy or shallow. These are quick books, but quality. ...more
Barbara Brien

I remember not enjoying this book that much, as it was darker than I usually read. Other than that, I have very vague memories of the book.
Elaine Nelson
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember that there were some interesting twists in the final volume...but 6 months later, I don't remember what they were! But I do want to read it again sometime. ...more
Young adult my be pushing it, but I enjoyed it anyway
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His city gets taken over but he gets it back using machines
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it.
Mark Odonohue
rated it it was amazing
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Sam Youd was born in Huyton, Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.

As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science-fiction: ‘In the early thirties,’ he later wrote, ‘we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination.’

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