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Publishers Weekly reviews The Cityborn…”will entertain SF adventure fans”

Another review has bubbled up, although the release of The Cityborn is still more than a month away. This time it's from Publishers Weekly: "Willett (the Helix War series) wraps his capable new adult science fiction adventure around the fate of a mysterious many-tiered city and its inhabitants...Willett’s spunky protagonists and colorful world will entertain SF adventure fans." Entertainment is what this book is all about, and the common thread running through all the reviews--people seem to be finding it a fun read. I'm sure you will, too. :) Now I'm looking forward to receiving my authors' copies and actually seeing the book in the dead-tree flesh..could be any day.

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:14, May 30th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great review for The Cityborn from RT Book Reviews

There's a great new review of the The Cityborn in RT Book Reviews (not currently publicly accessible online; once/if it becomes so, I'll link to it). Reviewer Bridget Keown gives it 4/5 stars and writes:   "Willett brings J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise into the distant space age in this dystopian tale of class, power and freedom that will entertain devotees and non-genre fans alike. The worldbuilding in this book is impressive, creating an atmosphere that is both fascinating and oppressive, and characters who are magnificently complex. Though the final revelation ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:16, May 23rd, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My Government House history book lauded as “a masterful work of art”

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:38, December 5th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A review of Line Dance. Apparently I have a sense of humour. Who knew?

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, November 6th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Poetry | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana “an awesome and fun book”

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." ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:06, October 24th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana “a wonderful YA read”

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! 

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:48, October 21st, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A mini-review of Flames of Nevyana

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.

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:53, October 18th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

CanLit for Little Canadians likes Cave Beneath the Sea

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:29, May 25th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great reviews for Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds from CanLit for Little Canadians

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 site. 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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:06, January 16th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 in The Shards of Excalibur, now available!

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:49, November 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »