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The weirdness comes to a head the morning the lake starts singing to her. Next thing she knows, she's underwater, talking to the Lady of the Lake of King Arthur fame (who turns out to be an ancestor), has acquired a nerdy sidekick, Wally, has been bestowed magical powers, and has been sent on a quest to find the five scattered shards of Excalibur before the powerful wizard Merlin, in his unsuspected modern-day guise, can get his hands on them. Can Ariane and Wally figure out how to use her new abilities to meet the challenge...or will they die trying?
"Every so often...a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect. Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy is definitely on the list. So, too, is Song of the Sword, the impressive new YA novel from Regina writer Edward Willett...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." - Quill & Quire
"This is a fantasy of epic proportions, with the perfect blend of suspense; well-developed, likable characters; and a touch of sarcastic humor...this is just the beginning of the fantastical journey." - School Library Journal
Read more about this series at shardsofexcalibur.com. Learn more about the author at edwardwillett.com.
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By Carol on 04-19-18
A fantastic adventure ... and it's only the start!
A story that plays in the fantastical realm of Camelot always grabs my attention. The great thing about this story is that it uses just enough of the Camelot mythology to ground the reader, but then it takes off on a completely new adventure of its own. The teenage leads of the story, Ariane and Wally, certainly don't have idyllic lives. I think that's what made them feel very real to me, and why I was drawn into the adventure right along with them, because who doesn't remember a time when it felt like no one understood you and everyone was against you?
The fantastic abilities Ariane acquires partway through the story were a delightful surprise, and led to all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. So much happens to her and Wally that I almost felt exhausted when I reached the end of their adventures. And this is only the beginning of the quest!
Elizabeth Klett does a great job of voicing the various characters as they navigate through the events of the book. Her narration sucked me right into the story - it was as if I was there standing on the street or off in the corner of the room watching the characters lives unfold in front of me. I had actually read the book before listening to it in audio form, and I have to say that I prefer the audio book, which is entirely due to Ms Klett's performance.
You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this book, you just have to love a great adventure.
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By Rebecca Azizov on 06-04-18
a great adventure
I love those books that are based on a quest I don't know how to explain why but I like it this book was extremely well written and very interesting
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.