Sword Mountain

Sword Mountain

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by Nancy Yi Fan

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Can dandelion and her raptor friends save Sword mountain?

Nancy Yi Fan, the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird, is back with her richly imagined fantasy bird world.

On her sky-born day, Dandelion is injured and separated from her parents. The exiled musician prince, Fleydur, comes to her rescue and brings her to the Castle


Can dandelion and her raptor friends save Sword mountain?

Nancy Yi Fan, the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird, is back with her richly imagined fantasy bird world.

On her sky-born day, Dandelion is injured and separated from her parents. The exiled musician prince, Fleydur, comes to her rescue and brings her to the Castle of Sky. But the court life of the golden eagles is still dominated by rigid traditions and intrigue, and now a new threat is looming. As flying, swordplay, and music enter her life, Dandelion will have the chance to show that a valley eaglet can be a true princess and a heroine, too. Bravery, equality, and the gift of music triumph over all.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—On Sword Mountain, the social status of birds is based on where they live and the color of their feathers. Dandelion is a dark-feathered valley eaglet, indicating low birth. Soon after hatching, she's attacked by an archaeopteryx, a vicious soldier bird. She narrowly escapes being eaten, but her parents are killed. Fleydur, a once-exiled prince, finds the broken little bird and introduces her to palace life. Her high-born, golden-feathered classmates are cruel to her, except Cloud-wing, the most handsome and popular eaglet at the palace. But he soon goes off to a special school to prepare him for battle and she loses her only friend. Luckily, Fleydur, who seems to be back in favor with the court, adopts Dandelion, making her a princess. But Dandelion wants to fight their enemies alongside Cloud-wing. She eventually gets her chance when a thief steals a magic stone and tries to frame her. Readers who haven't read Swordbird (2007) or Sword Quest (2008, both HarperCollins) will struggle with this one. New plot lines appear abruptly and fizzle out, and motivations for the characters' actions aren't always clear. Cutesy devices, such as changing indefinite pronouns such as "everyone" to "everybird" quickly wear thin. Overall this is an overwritten, underdeveloped tale.—Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Fan continues her third book in the "Swordbird" series with the return of Prince Fleydeur to Sword Mountain, bringing with him his music and the young eaglet, Dandelion. Her parents were killed protecting her from the villainous Kawaka, who has vowed to carry on the mission of claiming Sword Mountain for the archaeopteryxes. Dandelion is a lowly valley eaglet and is not accepted by those living in the Castle of the Sky, a very caste and rule-driven group. Taunted and bullied by most, she is nurtured by Fleydeur and Cloud Wing, a handsome and popular eaglet. As Kawaka's accomplice on the inside strives to move their treachery along, Dandelion is adopted by Fleydeur, dreams of becoming a warrior like Cloud Wing, and begins training with Fleydeur to make that happen. When the kingdom's most precious possession is stolen and Fleydeur is imprisoned, she recruits Cloud Wing and his friends to help her retrieve the treasure and clear Fleydeur's name. This fast-paced adventure is at times witty and clever while dealing with serious issues such as prejudice, the importance of the arts, self-identity, and justice. Readers new to the series will be slightly off balance at first but should be able to soon understand enough of the background for the story to make sense. Striking cover art will likely draw youngsters to the book; if they are looking for an exciting and relatively easy read, they will be glad it did.
Kirkus Reviews
Set directly after the defeat of the archaeopteryxes, this third in Fan's bird fantasy series follows the golden-eagle princes, Fleydur and Forlath, to their home in the mountains. Unbeknownst to them, the villainous Kawaka (introduced in a prologue) also journeys there--but not with good intentions. Fleydur and Forlath find an orphaned eagle fledgling, Dandelion, whom Fleydur insists on bringing into the stuffy, stratified golden-eagle society. The narrative, hinging on Dandelion's acceptance in the eagle community as well as Kawaka's stratagems for taking over Sword Mountain, is fast-moving, engrossing and entertaining. Characters new to the series include an unexpectedly diverting villain, Kawaka's accomplice, an owl leader whose clan occupies the caves in the heart of the mountain. Story elements may initially seem unrelated, but they come together nicely in the exciting, suspenseful climax. Sparkling humor, from amusing personality portraits to hilarious segments (at one point, the king of the golden eagles, during his funeral ceremony, rises from the dead), offers insights to characters and their actions. Readers new to the series may experience some initial disorientation; fans of these tales will welcome this further installment. (map, dramatis personae) (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Swordbird , #3
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File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Nancy Yi Fan is the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird and Sword Quest. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the World's Smartest Kids and on The Martha Stewart Show. Nancy spent part of her childhood in China, where she was born in 1993. Birds have been a lifelong passion of hers and provided the inspiration for her novels. She began writing her first novel, Swordbird, when she was eleven years old. Nancy attends Harvard University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During Dandelion’s sky-born day celebration, her family is attacked and murdered by Kawaka a survivor from the evil Emperor Maldeor’s army. Trying to defend her family she is seriously injured and left for dead. The exiled prince, Fleydur, finds the injured Dandelion on his way home to Sword Mountain and decides to bring her back to his family's castle. This is an exciting tale the entire family will enjoy. Dandelion is strong and heroic even in the face of prejudices and heart-felt loss. Dandelion was tormented because she is thought of as a lesser class, born in the valley she is dark not golden, and teased relentlessly by eaglets and adults alike. This story showed that with her perseverance she enacted change. This story contained lots of action, bravery and a fight for change. Definitely written for the younger reader Sword Mountain not just entertained but taught moral lessons against discrimination and the joy of music. This copy of Sword Mountain was given to me by Goodreads First Reads and Harper (Harper Teen) in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every bit of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i thougt that the book was awsome even though i only have the sample i recomend this book to people who like birds and lots of action.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was as great as swordbird and swordquest. I read both of those books and found this book equally satisfying. Great book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very good and imaginitive. I would totaly get this book if I were you.