The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

With yet another author, book 3 follows Amy and Dan to Japan in search of the next clue. But circumstances force them to consider an alliance with Uncle Alistair–Natalie and Ian Kabra have snuck onto Amy and Dan’s flight (while getting them kept off it), kidnapped Nellie, and stolen their belongings, along with the latest clue. But Alistair has already betrayed them once, can they really trust him?

This book has been a real progression in the series because it has finally begun to force the other families to develop (both in terms of how much we know about them and in terms of who they are and the lengths they are willing to go to win). Their motives aren’t as clear as they were in the first two books because they are beginning to question themselves. And though things don’t seem to have changed all that much, I have a feeling they’ve set in motion some big changes that will affect the future of the race.

This time, there was a little more indication that it was a different writer because he tended to use words like “cool” and “lame” more often than the other books did. Though appropriate for the age of the children in the book, it stood out because it hadn’t been used so much in Books One and Two. Even with this, the book flowed well with the others. It continues to impress me how closely the different writers have managed to follow each others’ styles (I figure the goal is to draw in fans from each of these author’s other successful series, which is why I tried the first book–I like Rick Riordan).

I’m excited to see where this series is going (though I do wish the books came in soft cover so that they weren’t so expensive. $13 for such a short book does seem excessive.)

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