ambrose  merrell

author of The Sword That Saves

"That's a lie actually. That bit up above where it says "author of The Sword That Saves."

Technically it's true. Yes I did bash away at this very keyboard transcribing the story. But it isn't mine. I didn't create it. It simply flowed through me. I'll never know for certain from where it came. No, that's another lie. I do know for certain from where it came. It came from my friend Kensho.

It's still flowing. The second book is written and the third book will be underway soon. I have no idea how many books there will be because I don't know how the story goes or even how it ends.

I'm on the same journey as you, the reader. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do."


Ambrose Merrell

The Sword That Saves

The first novel by Ambrose Merrell, The Sword That Saves was published by Hornet Books in May 27th 2016. This is the first book in the Sam Stone series.


Life seems pretty rubbish when his parents are killed and Sam Stone is fostered and separated from his two younger sisters. Sam is not prepared to take what life has thrown at him and he sets out to find them. And so begins a journey that will change his world forever...

When Sam, Sophie and Zoe find themselves transported back in time, they encounter medieval Japanese warlords and Samurai warriors. Can they learn the ancient skills that will save them before they have to do battle with the evil powers of Darkness?


Available from all leading booksellers, from Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon USA and directly from the Hornet Books.


Off The Shelf

"The Sword that Saves is a gripping novel that has many compelling twists and turns. Every page holds a new question, followed by half an answer that leads you to another question. Every time you think you've figured something out everything changes. 

There are so many great characters and settings woven throughout the story that is almost impossible to put down. When I pick it up I can feel myself sucked into modern day Vancouver, before being flung back into 16th century Japan."

Amazon UK, Canada and USA Reviews

Fantastic story by debut author! A beautifully well-written book and definitely one for adults as well as teens. I don't know much about the history of Japan or Aikido, so found the detail interesting without being overwhelming. The characters are well rounded and very relatable and the story was very well thought out. I read a lot of adventure, fantasy and sci-fi books and of everything I've read recently this has been, by far, the most compelling. I eagerly await the next installment...

This is a fantastic adventure! It's a great unfolding story supported by universal lessons of hope, courage and perseverance. My son loved it and is looking forward to a sequel.

Great book! Found this book by accident and took a chance on buying it. Great read. Think I'm in at the start of something and can't wait to read the next part (hope there will be one). The detail is amazing and as I'm into manga and samurai and all stuff like that this is just great...

Definitely worth a read. This is well written and you definitely get the feeling that you are on a journey. The characters develop as the book progresses and the climax certainly leaves you wanting to know what happens next.

Reverend Kensho Furuya

"The late Reverend Kensho Furuya was a Zen priest, an aikido master, an iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) master, and a world expert on samurai swords. He was also my friend.

He wrote a book called Kodo: Ancient Ways that I stumbled upon and began to read. It was filled with wonderful stories about Japanese martial artists from years gone by. I learnt so much, not just about aikido and the martial arts, but about how to live life. 

Kensho and I began to exchange emails and we became friends. However, I lived in England and he lived in Los Angeles so it was difficult for us to meet. The years passed by until at last I was due to visit him and meet him face to face in April 2007. But on the 6th March 2007 he suddenly died.

At the very least Kensho has been a huge inspiration for The Sword That Saves. But I believe his role was much more than just that. "


Ambrose Merrell

More information about Reverend Kensho Furuya can be found through his dojo:

Aikido Center of Los Angeles

ambrose merrell

Ambrose grew up exploring the fields and woods around Cambridge, England, before going to boarding school in Canterbury, Kent. After completing a degree in economics he established a web development business in Cambridge in 1995.

In 1999 he discovered aikido and began practising at the Cambridge Aikido Club. In 2005 his business failed and in 2006 he emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and three children.

Nervous breakdowns, depression, the demise of his marriage, separation from his children, all brought him to the black pits of despair. But after many years in the darkness he found a new light. In 2013 he wrote The Sword That Saves.

Today he lives in Vancouver with his partner and their daughter, and practices aikido at Vancouver Isshinkan Aikido.

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