ambrose  merrell

author of The Sword That Saves

"Forget what you know,
And you will know what you have forgotten."

Sam Stone’s a fighter, taking all that life can throw at him. Good thing too, because now he’s being hunted by malevolent forces of Darkness, hell-bent on killing him.

The lives of fifteen-year-old Sam and his two younger sisters, Zoe and Sophie, are shattered when their mother dies in a car crash and their father kills himself. A seemingly random encounter with an old martial arts master seems to offer hope of putting their life back together.

Instead, they’re catapulted into the chaos of Medieval Japan, desperately fighting for their lives against Darkness, its evil beasts and the warlords it controls. Darkness seeks to destroy an ancient secret that has long protected humanity. Sam, Zoe and Sophie battle alongside a mysterious group of old martial arts masters as they attempt to save the world from Darkness.

Not only must they embrace their unique gifts, but they must learn a timeless wisdom that will change them forever. Their destiny is far greater than they could ever imagine.



The first three books in The Sword That Saves series will be launched in early 2019. Books four, five and beyond are following. The story is just beginning...

"When my own grandson reaches his teens, I'll present 'The Sword That Saves' to him with as much hope and reverence as a master swordsman passes his teacher's katana to his own disciple."

Savitr Ishaya

"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."

Off the Shelf blog

SOME 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...

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 Merrell grew up playing in the fields around Cambridge, England and dreaming of adventures in the Misty Mountains.

For a decade he ran a software business. A nervous breakdown and depression sent him spiralling down towards suicide.

His training in the martial art, Aikido, along with the Tao Te Ching and Zen Buddhism brought him back.

Then, from somewhere unknowable, the story that became The Sword That Saves was given to him and he began to write. He has not stopped...

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