Ariane’s life is already a mess when she hears the singing. Two years ago, her mother disappeared. Ariane bounced around different foster homes until her aunt finally took her in. Now she’s become the prime target of the meanest clique at school. And to top it all off, she is having frightening premonitions, and they are becoming more intense. The moment water touches her skin, she starts hallucinating—about a lake, a lady and a sword. When a staircase opens up in Regina’s Wascana Lake and the water begins singing to her, she has no choice but to answer the call. Ariane learns she is a descendant of the Lady of the Lake, and soon the story she thought was legend becomes a real-life nightmare. She and her unexpected companion, Wally Knight, are charged with finding the scattered shards of Excalibur before Merlin can get his hands on them. The infamous magician, known in this world as software tycoon Rex Major, is trying to recover the pieces of Arthur’s sword so he can reforge it and restore his limitless power.
About the Author
Edward Willett, writing under his own name and also as E.C. Blake, is the award-winning author of over fifty science fiction and fantasy, science and other nonfiction books for both young readers and adults. For more information, visit www.edwardwillet.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When the author contacted me to see if I would review the audio version of this book, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. But I was pleasantly surprised with this young adult spin on the King Arthur legend. As the blurb notes, the protagonist in this book is Ariana, a girl who has had a rough start to her life. Her father is not in the picture, her mother mysterious disappeared years earlier, she was then placed in foster care because her aunt had been going through cancer treatment. Now her aunt is well and able to care for her, she finds herself in a new school that is ruled by a group of mean girls who have singled her out to be bullied. When she fights back she finds herself suspended. Then things take an interesting twist. Ariana befriends Wally, and unexpected nerdy sidekick, who looks younger than he is. Wally is still waiting impatiently for his adolescent growth spurt to kick in. As they both try to evade Wally's older sister (ringleader of the mean girls), they find themselves in the woods where they encounter a supernatural presence who identifies as The Lady of the Lake and who claims Ariana is her heir. She then tasks them both with a quest to find the broken pieces of Excalibur before the evil Merlin can do so. This was the type of book my kids would have loved when they were younger. The characters are believable and real, the story is full of adventure and danger, and the re-imagining of the Arthur legend is entertaining. In addition, Willett has set his series in Canada, which was a nice bonus to the book. Song of the Sword has a Harry Potter-like feel to it. Willett has a real gift for capturing the young adult voice. I really enjoyed this novel. I'm looking forward to seeing where Ariana and Wally go on their next adventure in Book 2.