I like Shan's courage, undying loyalty, and unbending will in the face of pressure and obstacles. His resiliency and strength make him a wonderful role-model for any young person.
There is mention of magic in the book, but only in reference to the old doctor who cannot speak. There is no mention of wizardry or black magic in the book. There is also fighting in the book, between the characters who represent good and evil.
Mr. Bulla is a master of character, plot, and setting development. The Sword in the Tree will grab your attention and leave you asking for more. This book was a winner in our home. For the video review, as well as my kids' opinions on the book, simply click play.