The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle


I read this book for the first time in eighth (?) grade. It was exceptional. It doesn’t seem to be very well known, but that doesn’t take away from its quality. The story centers around Flæd, daughter of Alfred the Great. It is historical fiction, and very well written.

Flæd is about fifteen years old. An opposing kingdom is causing trouble. Flæd is assigned a guardian named Red, who teaches her how to defend herself. She runs into some trouble and it is up to her to save herself, and others.


I am a fan of old royalty, and adore Europe. This time period/story suits my taste nicely. It takes place before ten thousand A.D. . The novel is well written, exciting, and keeps your interest. I remember reading it at night when a friend was in a text conversation with me. I think I may have chosen the book over him a bit… Anyways, this book deserves more recognition than it has. It is pretty clean; there are only a few things I would warn someone about.



I have not read this book cover to cover in a while (I’ve read it at least twice I think), but I remember that there is one part where Flæd has been captured by enemies. Something a little more adult and sexual may be referenced to but it would not have been that bad.

A beloved character (Red) gets killed when a group of good guys are attacked.

This book has to do with weapons/fighting, so I think there is blood and there is death.

Some of the scenes are somewhat intense.

A character  is betrothed.


Overall, I think this is appropriate for preteens who can handle some death/war type things. It is really good and worth reading!

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