Kid’s Book Review: The Burning Swift

Kid’s Book Review: The Burning Swift

About the Book and Author

The Burning Swift is the epic conclusion to the critically acclaimed Shadow Skye series, a rich fantasy adventure trilogy set in a mythical Scotland written by Joseph Elliott. Jimmy, who reviewed this book for us had not read the first two books in the series. Although he appreciated the fantastic drama and characters in The Burning Swift he would recommend you start reading from the beginning with book one: The Good Hawk.

Here is our review of the previous book in the series The Broken Raven.

When news reaches Skye of a deadly army approaching from the south, set on the destruction of every living Scotian, the clans rally to defend themselves. But against such a huge force, victory seems impossible. As Jaime risks his life with an ancient and forbidden blood magic, Sigrid returns to the wilds of Ingland in the hope of an alliance. Meanwhile, Agatha is forced on a journey to the very heart of the enemy, where death and betrayal waits in every shadow. With the fate of Skye in their hands, it will take all their courage, cunning and sacrifice to not only survive the final battle, but to save the future of Scotia…

The Burning Swift
Joseph Elliott author

Joseph Elliott is the author of The Good Hawk and The Broken Raven (Books one and two in the Shadow Skye trilogy).

You can find out more about him on the Walker Books website

Book Review

It takes you on an adventure and you won’t be disappointed by the ending

The Burning Swift is the final book in the Shadow Skye trilogy a fantasy adventure series by Joseph Elliott. I wasn’t certain what I would think as I haven’t read the rest of the series and I usually prefer autobiographies and dystopic novels. Luckily it didn’t really matter that I hadn’t read the first two books and I didn’t get lost in the story. But I think you would benefit from reading the other two books first (The Good Hawk – Book One; The Broken Raven – Book Two).

The Burning Swift is a really good read and the story is about how the main three characters Agatha, Jaime, and Sigrid prepare for a final battle. This leaves tension throughout the book as you are anticipating what might happen throughout the twists and turns in the plot.

I really liked how the book was told from three characters different perspectives. Each chapter is told from one character’s point of view. The chapters end on a cliff hanger for that character and you were always left wondering what was going to happen to them.

What also made it interesting was the fact that each character had a different background so they all had completely different personalities yet they were all trying to achieve the same goals. Each character went about dealing with the twists and turns in different ways. Some plot events were unexpected but some things were a bit more predictable.

The most memorable part of the book was the description of the battle at the end as this was the climax of the book. The story had a really authentic feel as it used Scottish Gaelic and another language inspired by old Norse so it felt like it was reporting on true events.

To conclude, the book is a good read but I would advise people to read it as part of the trilogy if you can. It takes you on an adventure and you won’t be disappointed by the ending.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jimmy
  • Age: 14 Years
  • Likes: football, swimming and baked beans
  • Dislikes: banana skin and white chocolate
  • Favourite Book: Gone by Michael Grant
  • Favourite Song: Wonderwall by Oasis
  • Favourite Film: Saving Private Ryan