The 39 Clues Book 3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis Review

When The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis was very first published completely in 2009, I was super excited. By that period I’d go through the first 2 novels in The 39 Clues series, the latest one being One False Note by Gordon Korman, and the series was moving together at an exciting pace. Great storyline, amazing suspense, and brilliant characters. Just what exactly more could possibly a young reader want?

The 39 Clues is a multi-author book series authored by extremely well-liked, bestselling writers regarding orphans known as Amy and Dan Cahill. When their own grandmother Grace dies, they learn that they happen to be members of the most powerful family in human historical past. The way to obtain their families power is hidden all through the earth in the form of thirty-nine special clues. The person exactly who finds all the clues will become the most powerful individual in the history of mankind.

Dan and Amy Cahill, needless to say, are definitely not alone in wanting the prize. Their shifty, back-stabbing family members will do whatever possible in order to be the first to find the clues.

Like all stories in The 39 Clues series, I completed reading The Sword Thief the very day that it came out. Although this was an interesting novel and moved the plot along, I recall not being super contented with this addition.


At the end of One False Note, Dan and Amy find out samurai swords by the web page of the clue. They put two and two together and head off for Japan. Right before they’re able to board a flight for Japan, however, their cousins, Ian and Natalie Kabra, trick them and get away from them stranded in the airport.

Then, Alistair Oh offers to assist Amy and Dan and create a partnership. All things considered, Alistair has sources in Seoul, and he has intelligence and age. Amy and Serta do not truly have confidence within him, yet they consent to join together for the moment.

Amy, Dan, and Alastair figure out that the clue is covered somewhere in the history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great Japanese warrior in addition to first son of Thomas Cahill, the founder in the Tomas branch.

The Holt family, however, are also hot to get their hands on the clue and manage to lure all of them into a subway trap. It seems as whenever it’s about to be drapes for Dan and Amy, but Alastair rescues these people before they are killed by a educate. We also get to see the relatable side of the Holt children when they balk with the prospect of murdering Dan and also Amy.

Unfortunately, this three of them accidentally enter the household of sword-wielding Yakuza, or Japanese warriors. Nellie, their au pair, is able to save them, alongside Ian and Natalie Kabra. Amy, Dan, and Alastair agree to form an connections with Ian and Natalie. The reason behind that is in part because of the fact that Amy has sort of a crush on Ian, and Ian is acting as though it is reciprocal.

The evidence points to Korea, and the group of 6 go to Alastair’s home. We learn more concerning the Ekaterina branch and about Bae Oh, Alastair’s uncle and chief of the Ekaterina branch. After Alastair’s dad died, Alastair lived unhappy years under his uncle. On the plane journey to Korea, on the other hand, he finds for the beginer that Bae Oh arranged for Alastair’s dad to be killed.

At Alastair’s home, he reveals several of his own information with the others. We learn lots more regarding the clue hunt, in particular the fact that the 39 hints are actually thirty-nine chemical components that when put together together will produce a sort of philosopher’s stone. They travel to the mountain Pukhansan, and Dan tips the others regarding the location of the clue.

The finish is an exciting and dangerous tale, where we learn the true objectives associated with Amy and Dan’s relatives. Can Ian and Natalie snatch the clue, or can Amy and Dan outwit the Kabras yet again? More essentially, will Alastair Also survive?


As I mentioned just before, I look at this as one of the the most exhausting books in the 39 insights series. Although Gordon Korman talked about how he made use of The Maze of Bones as his bible in writing One False Note, Peter Lerangis obviously don’t do the same. This book is composed really different style when compared with the rest of the sequence. The other 39 clues books are authored in a thrilling, unattached, and realistic fashion. This book is considerably more laid-back, the tone is much more casual, and it is not just about as much complete with action. Plus, it is kind of hard to recognise. Because of that, this book loses much of its informative benefit and I don’t recall any kind of of the historical facts, quite different from the other books.

Although some of my friends who were reading the series at the time this publication came out told me that they liked the break on the action this book offered, every single one of them quit looking at The 39 Clues after that book. None of my local freinds who started out The 39 Clue sending up reading your fourth addition. Furthermore, books ONE and 2 had been both #1 on the bestseller list for a long time. This novel was on the bestseller for a amount of time, but never hit number 1. None of the later ebooks in the series does, either.

There are some good elements to the way Lerangis writes, however. He introduces the idea a potential rapport between Ian and Amy that will continues in the sequence to this day with different boyfriends and hints of crushes. This was the subject the majority of usually talked about in between clue hunters throughout the Cahills as opposed to. Vespers storyline, and what food was in my view a beneficial supplement to the series.

This book has good quality info regarding the clue hunt that brings the story along, consequently it’s a must for devoted clue finder going back with the early books. On the whole, though, the writing in this story is not close to as good as in the rest of the line and on its own I’d personally not recommend reading it.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.