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Song of the Sword: Book 1 of the Shards of Excalibur
     

Song of the Sword: Book 1 of the Shards of Excalibur

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by Edward Willett
 
Ariane's life is already a mess before she hears the singing. Two years ago, her mother disappeared. She 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

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Ariane's life is already a mess before she hears the singing. Two years ago, her mother disappeared. She 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 the middle of 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 stories that she thought were legend become 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.

Can this troubled teen and her brainy sidekick stop the ruthless sorcerer?

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"Willett...keeps up the momentum of the chase against time and evil...Song of the Sword will certainly have appeal to enthusiastic young fantasy fans."
Quill & Quire
"Every so often…a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect... [An] impressive new YA novel…A taut, compelling narrative, well-drawn characters, and a keen sense of genuine peril and true wonder. It's a powerful, fun, engaging read, and it's the first of a series, so readers have much to look forward to."
CM Magazine
"Written clearly, and with an interesting version of the Arthurian legend, the tale portrays some common teenage problems through the eyes of the two main characters, while placing them in harrowing fantasy situations...Recommended."
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
"A highly original take on the King Arthur Legend."
Montreal Review of Books
"Willett's novel will please fantasy junkies with its intricate details; yet there's also an appealing poetry to Ariane's story, best manifested when she learns to use her powers to merge with water and transport herself wherever it flows. Song of the Sword is a unique twist on the old subjects of teenage rebellion and self-discovery."
Word for Teens (book review blog)
"Willett did an excellent job here… Ariane [has] quite a bit of personality and spunk… Wally is definitely my favorite character. He's got a bit of King Arthur potential, but he's so very quirky… I sense his sister becoming a bit of a Morgan le Fay character, which should prove to be entertaining."
Word for Teens (Book Review Blog)
Willett did an excellent job here Ariane [has] quite a bit of personality and spunk Wally is definitely my favorite character. He's got a bit of King Arthur potential, but he's so very quirky I sense his sister becoming a bit of a Morgan le Fay character, which should prove to be entertaining.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Two years after her mother has disappeared, and two foster homes later, 15-year-old Ariane moves in with her Aunt Phyllis in small-town Regina, but any hope of normalcy is soon dashed. Mean girl Felicia and her "coven" of followers target Ariane, and she experiences troubling visions and then hears mysterious chanting from the water. She discovers that she is a descendant of the Lady of the Lake and learns that she has no choice but to try to find the scattered shards of the sword Excalibur before Merlin, in the human form of computer mogul Rex Major, can find them and restore his broken powers. Stumbling upon Ariane as the Lady of the Lake reveals herself to her, Felicia's nerdy brother becomes entangled in the quest. As Ariane and Wally travel throughout Canada trying to locate the first shard, they are pursued by ruthless Rex Major, who will stop at nothing to get the power to rule both Earth and the Faerie world. When Ariane learns that her mother also descended from the Lady of the Lake, she wonders if her disappearance is tied to this mysterious and dangerous mission. This is a fantasy of epic proportions, with the perfect blend of suspense; well-developed, likable characters; and a touch of sarcastic humor. Ariane and Wally find four shards and the hilt of the sword, ensuring readers that this is just the beginning of the fantastical journey.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897550908
Publisher:
Lobster Press
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Series:
Shards of Excalibur Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet 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.

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Song of the Sword: Book 1 of the Shards of Excalibur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I love Arthurian based stories. King Arthur and Guinevere are one of my favorite couples in history - well, until Lancelot comes in; Merlin is freaking amazing; Morgan le Fay is my favorite villainess ever; The Lady of the Lake is my favorite mystery lady. Needless to say, when this was offered, it didn't take me too long to agree to review it. I thought, for the concept that was being used, it was very well done indeed. I'm never going to be a fan of evil Merlin. I love Merlin far too much. But I thought Willett did an excellent job here - it's not that Merlin is evil so much as stuck in at time that's not his own, with an idea that he doesn't consider evil. It just kind of happens to be. I like Ariana - she's got quite a bit of personality and spunk, and I like that. I wish she didn't get a hold of her powers quite so fast, but hey, she was pressed for time. Wally is definitley my favorite character. He's got a bit of King Arthur potential, but he's so very quirky. He fences. I like him. And I sense his sister becoming a bit of a Morgan le Fay character, which should prove to be entertaining. All in all, it was very well executed - nothing compared to some of the other Arthurian novels I've read, but hey, it makes a fun read.