A very nice review of Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan: An Illustrated History (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
) has appeared on the Saskatchewan Publishers' Group's SPG Book Reviews website
. Keith Foster writes, in part:
"Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan: An Illustrated History by Regina author Edward Willett is a masterful work of art in both narrative and illustration, solid in structure, and powerful in its rendition...
"Overflowing with photos of Government House and its inhabitants over the decades, this highly visual coffee table book is stunning in its beauty...
"This is a book that not only belongs on every bookshelf in Canada, it’s a book Saskatchewan residents, and in particular Regina residents, would be proud to have ...
Here's the first review I've seen of Line Dance
, the collection of poems that resulted from...well, I'll let the reviewer explain, because I'm tired of typing various versions of this:
Each weekday during Poetry Month in April, Hill [Poet Laureate Gerald Hill
] e-mailed SK Writers’ Guild
members a pair of first lines he’d selected from SK poetry books and invited folks to respond with poems of their own. Some, like professionals Brenda Schmidt and Ed Willett, sent poems every day. In the end, almost 500 pieces were submitted, and SK writing veteran-turned publisher, Byrna Barclay, bound what editor Hill deemed the best into a handsome package, featuring Saskatchewanian David ...
The Flames of Nevyana book tour continues with this review from Lori's Little House of Reviews
"I have to say I really loved this book a whole lot, I feel in love with all three of these individuals...I really loved all three of their relationships. I loved that they were suppose to be enemies but became such friends.
"I really loved the ending...I loved that all three of them stood up for what they believed in...Even the bad guy of the story you could understand why he did what he did, even though he went about it the wrong way. It was such an awesome and fun book to read."
"Awesome and fun." ...
The Flames of Nevyana blog tour continues with a review from Book Horde
"Great world-building, a fantasy feel with an SF twist, admirable characters, and the themes of courage and truth above all make Flames of Nevyana a wonderful YA read. I know my teen will really enjoy it."
Read the whole thing!
The Flames of Nevyana blog tour carries on. The first review (well, a kind of mini-review) how now appeared on Paula Johanson's blog
A few excerpts:
It's always a treat to find a new book by Edward Willett. He's a Canadian writer who can be relied on to put narrative -- story, if you prefer -- before anything else...
In a few images, Willett presents the differing communities of his protagonists, making these young people and their surroundings distinct and memorable...
Anyone who can write with such immediacy about light, rain, and mystic discipline has my attention!
Read the whole thing.
Helen Kubiw at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians
site has been a fan of The Shards of Excalibur from the beginning, and she likes Cave Beneath the Sea quite a lot:
In Cave Beneath the Sea, Edward Willett has created as exciting a read as the earlier books in the series, continuing to develop his characters and their relationships while the action-filled plot carries the reader to intriguing national and international locales. Both Ariane and Wally feel the power of the sword, drawing them to its shards but also compelling their anger in those who have hurt them: parents, siblings, bullies, enemies. And while they struggle with those yearnings, they are finding their way ...
Starting off 2016 right, Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds both picked up excellent reviews, one after the other, at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians
Of Twist of the Blade, Helen Kubiw writes:
"While Edward Willett continues to weave the Arthurian legend into a Saskatchewan setting, he builds on the Merlin, Arthur and Lady of the Lake story by creating a magical sword that craves to be reconstructed and wielded as a weapon...Edward Willett capably brandishes the trust issues of teens, especially those related to their families, as the means to progress the story. But it’s these same issues with ...
Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 of my Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series from Coteau Books
, officially released on November 15. I've been thrilled with all the covers of the Shards of Excalibur series, and I think you can see why, looking at Cave Beneath the Sea. All the books have looked fantastic, and I can't wait to finish off the series in the spring with Door into Faerie
, the climactic conclusion.
Here's the description of Cave Beneath the Sea:
"Seeking to recover the shards of King Arthur's sword Excalibur before Rex Major (the ancient sorcerer Merlin in a modern-day guise), Ariane and Wally have traveled around the world, but ...
Just in time for the Bundoran Press
launch party tonight at Can-Con 2015
, Derek Newman-Stilles of Speculating Canada
reviews Falcon's Egg
"In “Falcon’s Egg” Edward Willett takes on the notion of heroism itself, exploring the casualties of war and the results of battle on the psychology of the protagonist who has endured the traumas of war....Willett creates a coming of age narrative that is not limited to a youth. He portrays Lorn as a man, like most others, who is perpetually going through coming of ages, understanding himself in new ways as his viewpoints change with experience. Lorn experiences an awakening to his own ignorance and ...
This one is from Resource Links
, and is posted to Coteau Books
"The overlay of the Arthurian legend on a modern Canadian context works surprisingly well. Merlin's magical powers are invested in Rex Major's spyware embedded in the internet. Wally's loyalty and courage accurately reflect both Arthur's strength and his fatal flaw. Ariane's coolly calculated actions echo the dispassionate deeds of the Lady of the Lake . . . Readers who are invested in the series will eagerly anticipate the final two books."
Read the whole thing.