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Have Sword, Will Travel

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  151 reviews
From New York Times bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, comes this hilarious, action-packed adventure featuring a very unlikely knight, an admirably stubborn girl, and a sword with attitude.

When Odo and Eleanor stumble upon an ancient sword in a river outside their village, something very unexpected happens... the sword starts to talk! Much to Odo's dismay he
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 2017 by Allen & Unwin (first published October 31st 2017)
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Mary Catelli It is an intact story in itself, but it does refer to future adventures in the authors' note at the back.

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Miranda Reads

Odo and Eleanor did not set out to find their destiny. At best, they were hoping for eels.
Odo and Eleanor, best friends, plan on going eeling in the mostly dried up river near their village.

While going through the sludgy river bed, something rather unexpected happens.
Odo and Eleanor screamed as the sword erupted out of the water.
Turns out they found Biter - a talking sword - and it has plans for them.

After a quick knighting of Odo (which Eleanor is only a little miffed about), they s
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first (very brief) review for the new year!

A fun kids fantasy book that I had a blast reading. An interesting adventure with a lot of good humour. I enjoyed the dynamic between Odo, Eleanor and Biter the enchanted sword as they set off on their quest to find a dragon. 🐲
I'll be checking out the next book!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breezed through this in no time. Simple fantasy story about 2 friends who find talking sword and go on an adventure. Nothing overly original or 5 star but dialogue is witty, pace is great and characters quite charming. Obviously a YA type fantasy novel but could appeal to readers who have kids in their young to mid teens. Has great themes that arent ro adult minded. Made me chuckle a few times. Will probably pick up the 2nd when it arrives if I want a light quick easy fantasy read.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What’s better than stumbling upon an ancient sword lying in a river? Well, how about stumbling upon an ancient sword in a river, pulling it out and having it yell at you! Have Sword, Will Travel is the beginning of a compelling adventure featuring Odo, Eleanor and an enchanted, talking sword named Biter. Odo and Eleanor have grown up with a quiet village life and Odo is content with their day-to-day activities but Eleanor has always dreamed of being a knight, saving people and doing something la ...more
Will Ansbacher
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
A fantasy adventure involving two children, Eleanor and Odo, and a magical talking sword called Hildebrand FoeBiter. Biter is an inspired creation - obliging but overbearing, always on the ready to avenge the slightest wrong, imagined or real. A classic sidekick in other words, keen of edge but less so in the brains department. Conveniently, he doesn’t so much talk as declaim portentously in boldy-face - very handy when reading to my 7 and 11-year old granddaughters who were both enthralled by ...more
Cameron Chaney
Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams is the first book in a new middle-grade fantasy series... a start to yet another series, yay. It is about two kids who find an enchanted sword, and then go on adventures with it. That's the basic plot of the story and it doesn't really steer away from that. It's just a simple, cute fantasy-adventure.

I had to read this for my library review group. I like fantasy and thought this looked to be a fun read, but I didn't connect to the characters an
Melanie Dulaney
Seldom does a fantasy/action adventure book get a 5 star rating from this librarian, but Have Sword, Will Travel is a fantastic choice for that tricky age group of 4th-6th grade who want to read about magic, sword-fighting and dragons and think that they need lots of blood and gore to go with it, but really don't need the level of violence and sometimes romance/sex that sometimes come with the genre. Nix and Williams give readers plenty of action with a strong female protagonist and her male fri ...more
This review and others posted over at my blog.

I picked this up because I’m a big fan of Nix’s work (and middle-grade fantasy) and it was…meh.

Odo and Eleanor are likable enough, though I didn’t really connect or empathize with them. I did appreciate the tension surrounding Eleanor’s desire to be a knight and the jealousy she experienced at Odo’s suddenly becoming one. Yet, she never sabotaged his efforts at learning swordcraft from Biter and was a constant support, all while watching what Bit
The premise sounded really cool and the title was very eye-catching. I also wanted to read this book because it was co-written by an author I like, Garth Nix. I've read his Keys to the Kingdom series and really liked it, so I had somewhat high expectations for this book.

Have Sword, Will Travel is an adventure unlike any other. The story follows two heroes in the making, Odo and Eleanor, as they travel far and wide to discover why the river is drying up.From start to finish is a non-stop journey
Ms. Yingling
Typical medievalish fantasy with dragons and talking swords, although there are women knights as well as millers. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Since it's a fantasy world, I guess it's okay, but it doesn't reflect the reality of the middle ages, so I'm conflicted. Not my cup of tea, but it's a good length and my fantasy readers will love it. Has sort of a Gerald Morris vibe, and that series does very well.
Mary Catelli
Odo and Eleanor, poking about in a river that was rapidly sinking despite the rain, were looking for eels. What they found was a magical sword.

It cut Odo's finger, and the blood roused it - the blood of a true knight. Except he's not. So the sword knights him on the spot. And with one thing and another, Eleanor becomes his squire, and they set out to find out why the river is failing.

A light high fantasy ensues.

It involves Eleanor's father rebuking the sword for asking for his name without givin
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Tbh if I were a super mega powerful dragon I too would refer to myself as "The Mighty [name]"
Clare O'Beara
This is a very enjoyable book for young readers, four and a half stars. I like particularly that every role is equal opportunity, from hero to villain, from talking sword to occupations like miller.

Our two young heroes find an old enchanted sword in the dried-up riverbed. The sword talks, nicely in a gothic script, which will help if you are reading aloud. As the sword Biter insists on dubbing his finder a knight - to the miller's son's dismay, and the annoyance of his girl pal who really does
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read about magic swords and bandits and dragons and best friends. It's also funny and occasionally silly and will keep readers entertained from start to finish. It also has some good messages to convey about not making assumptions based on appearance and gender equality and stuff, but they never get in the way of or distract from the story.
Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth
Slam dunk. I've always been a fan of Nix (particularly the Keys to the Kingdom and Abhorsen series) and Williams only made the writing better! This is a fantastic first adventure full of magic, danger, and wit. I particularly enjoyed the lack of sexism, and the lovable cast of characters. Feels like a story I grew up with, in the spirit of Wrede or Rowling, but more Wrede, who's a better writer, so there you go.
Lisa Brown
Odo and Eleanor find upon a sword in a dried-up river outside their village, and when Odo is able to pull it out, their lives change forever. The sword is the enchanted sword, Biter, and not only can it speak, but it knights Odo and send him on a quest to deafest a dragon, with Eleanor as his squire.

Such a fun, cute story, and I know my kids would love it.
Kat Drennan-Scace
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 2017, fantasy
This was cute! A fun adventure story that middle grade readers will enjoy. I listened to some of the audiobook which was also enjoyable. Would recommend to adventure fans looking for a quick read.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I liked the fantasy and wit. The characters were interesting, and there was a lot of action, which made this a quick read. I am hoping for another book involving this duo.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come - loved it!
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very cute young adult fantasy story. It's an easy read and hooked me right away. I recommend the audiobook version.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fairly charming story. Although big-standard in terms of its narrative, there’s enough quirkiness to make it readable. I can imagine reading this as a kid and really enjoying it.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a kids book, but "Have Sword, Will Travel" is awesome. Very funny, with a talking enchanted sword. Garth Nix wrote the Sabriel series (one of my keeper shelf series) with a necromancer and a talking cat too.

I liked all the humor and the adventure.
Douglas Debner
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for non-thinking readers. A lot of what happens in this book is just stupid. Two kids, Odo and Eleanor, find a talking magic sword and immediately are coerced into thinking of themselves as a knight and a squire and leaving on a mission to kill a dragon. The adults they inform of their plans just point out the need for provisions and a map and let them go. No one thinks to say "Don't you think you ought to practice with that sword first?"

[BTW, the following contains SPOILERS becau
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely middle-grade fantasy novel. I enjoyed the world and the characters.
Mark Buxton
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Odo, and the river has dried up for some unknown reason. I discovered a sword at the bottom of Dragonfoot Hole, and the enchanted blade called Biter told me it could only be awakened by a knight! I thought, "What? Me?" My best friend Eleanor has dreamt of living a life of adventure as a knight, while I'm content to become a miller like my father. Anyhow, I'm now Sir Odo, Eleanor has agreed to be my squire, and we're on a quest to bring water back to the river. We've passed many travel ...more
American Mensa
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have Sword, Will Travel is an amazing book set back in medieval times. This book is about a brother and sister named Odo and Eleanor who are trying to save their small village which is running out of water.
Odo just wants to work in the family mill, but Eleanor wants to be a knight. While hunting eels one day, they come across a magical talking sword named Hildebrand Shining Foebiter that knights Odo. The sword convinces him and Eleanor to travel upstream to find out why the river that supplies w
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nix, Garth and Sean Williams Have Sword Will Travel, 288 pages. Scholastic, 2017. $18. Content: G (fantasy-style fighting)

When Odo stumble upon the sword in a dried up lake outside his village, he has no idea that this long-lost magic sword will compel him to become a hero. It’s his best friend Eleanor who wants to be a hero like her mother was. But something fishy is going on upriver of Odo’s little village. The water that everyone depends on has slowed to a trickle. When the sword, Odo, and El
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Live by the Sword.. Die by the Sword.. No matter how often the Sword yells at you.."
An epic story that follows the chivalrous adventure of Odo, Eleanor and Biter - an unlikely knight, a stubborn, head strong girl and.. a talking sword.. They set out on a thrilling adventure to save their kingdom from the danger that comes in both human and dragon form. This was a very fun story to read that I was easily engrossed in and enjoyed a laugh or two. I particularly liked the use of 'medieval' font fo
Probably a 4.5.
Odo, the miller's seventh son, has always thought that is what he would grow up to be. Eleanor, the daughter of the village's healer, wants to be a knight like her mother. But when Odo finds a sword in the river. It just has to be magical and insist on adventure that Eleanor insists on joining in.
Like I said. Probably a 4.5 star book. It was good. But simple. Though, I also need to acknowledge that I just went from reading epic high fantasy to tween fantasy. There is a difference
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.


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