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Ever since he arrived in Paris, Henry the Rat has made a pretty good living selling "magic" swords to gullible knights. But when Henry sells one to Geoffrey Plantagenet, brother to King Richard, his happy days are over for good. Geoffrey forces Henry into a dangerous, uncomfortable quest for the most famous magic sword of all time, Excalibur, even though Henry is certain t ...more
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Published April 13th 2012 by Musa Publishing
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Judy Ferrell
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun reading

What if Arthur's sword returns? What if a thief finds the sword? Ted Rabinowitz answers these questions in this delightful retelling of the Legend of Excalibur. He has given us a tale of excitement and fun. An easy read that I couldn't put down.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
See my original review at Reese's Reviews

I received a copy of The Wrong Sword for an honest review.

Henry the Rat has been living in Paris as a con artist thief for a long time. After selling their latest sword Henry thinks he’ll be set for a long time. Too bad he sold the fake sword to Geoffrey Plantagenet who offers Henry a deal. He helps him find the sword Excalibur and Geoffrey will let Henry and his friends live. So off Henry goes to try and save his skin except when he finds the wrong it w
Sara Zaske
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Henry is a faker. He helps trick Parisian nobles into buying fake swords of power, medieval knightly knock-offs, if you will, but when he tricks the wrong person, he suddenly finds himself on an all too real quest for the sword of all swords: Excalibur. You remember that one right? The one King Arthur pulled from a big rock?

The premise of The Wrong Sword would be some pretty stinky fromage if it were completely serious. But it’s not. In fact, I think its anachronistic humor is the best part. The
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pratchett fans - Arthurian fans with humor, fantsay readers who like a little funny
Recommended to Tom by: Ted Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn creates a witty tale outside the pages of myth in his depiction of the legendary Excalibur, King Arthur of Camelot’s famous sword. Set in Europe in the time of the Plantagenet family rein, a crafty thief is forced to use his guile and intellect to find Excalibur and deliver it to an unsavory contender for the British throne but when he finally pulls the famous sword from its resting place, he finds the sword has its own ideas about who should wield it. With Excalibur in hand and on t ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please sequal

I have read thousands of books in this genre. This is one of my favourite. If there is anything negative to be said is the author has not continued on this work. Or made a audiobook. Would love to see more don this author
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Henry is a thief, con artist, and a self-preservationist. When he gets on the wrong side of Prince Geoffrey Plantagenet due to his part of creating and selling “authentic” historical swords, he is forced to go on a quest for the real Excalibur. He must succeed in retrieving the sword or die like all those who went before him. Never mind the fact that Geoffrey’s men will kill him after he gets the sword. Henry is crafty and resourceful, but he is no one’s idea of a knight, let alone worthy to pul ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you like fantasy novels, have you ever felt dragged down by the sheer ponderousness of reading a bunch of them? Not just the bad ones (like the middle books of the Wheel of Time) but even the good ones (Donaldson, other WoT books) or great ones (Tolkein, etc)? I was feeling that way when I read The Wrong Sword and it was exactly the antidote I needed. Realistic characters, humor mixed with fast-paced action, stakes that felt both large and believably small at the same time. I didn't expect to ...more
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
What a great book!

Good witty dialogue, lots of action and likeable characters, in a cool setting. All of that combined to make for a good fun plot.

The charm of this story is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The story progressed with a nice balance of action, adventure and humor and although the last fifty or so pages took on a more serious tone, it doesn’t lose its sense of humor for long.

The only thing that is stopping me from giving this full five stars is that a few times I had
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Henry, the least likely person to be able to pull Excalibur out of the stone, wishes he never did. Excalibur is a snarky, know-it-all, self-centered sword. My kind of sword! I was laughing out loud throughout this book. The characters were well defined, some lovable, some not of course. But Excalibur was the best! I will look for other books by Ted Rabinowitz now hoping they are all this good!
Why oh why can't we give a 4.5 or 4.75 stars on Goodreads? This book would totally get
Michael Wallace
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Humorous, but also plot-driven fantasy. Highly recommended.
Lois Welsh
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book---it was better than I thought it would be. I am now a loyal Ted Rabinowitz fan. I am going to look up this other books and put them on my list. This is a MUST read. Enjoy.
Eric Warren
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good old story with cliche

It's a good story that's a lot of fun and I would recommend it the book to people who like king Arthur. And the French.
E.P. Stavs
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful, medieval romp with a modern edge.
Janette Bach
Funny adventure about a con artist and a famous sword who is sentient.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't too bad. It is a book about a thief who is forced to pick up Excalibur and then has to suffer the consequences (as he is a bad match for the sword). He has to get the sword to the right person (he doesn't want it) and the sword (which is aware and able to communicate) is rather picky about the right person and the methods to use to: 1. help his friends who fall into trouble and 2. get the sword into the right hands.

Unfortunately, the humor is not as funny as it could be. The story b
Lon Bixby
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Fantabulous Good Read!

The Wrong Sword is a well written and fast paced tale made up of action, adventure, chivalry, myth, romance, and most importantly - fun!

The story and characters are well developed, and the fresh, new twist on Excalibur had me intrigued from the very beginning and kept me interested until the end.

I highly recommend The Wrong Sword and cannot wait for the sequel(s).
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