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Door into Faerie a finalist for the 2017 Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

I’m honoured that Door into Faerie has been shortlisted or a 2017 Aurora Award (for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy) in the Young Adult category. This is the second Shards of Excalibur book to be a finalist for the YA award: Twist of the Blade was also shortlisted. Other titles on the final ballot include Day of the Demon by Randy McCharles (CreateSpace), Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen), Icarus Down by James Bow (Scholastic Canada), Mik Murdonch: Crisis of Consience by Michel Plested (Evil Alter Ego Press), and The Wizard Killer – Season One by Adam Dreece (ADZO Publishing). Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can vote ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:19, May 28th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie!

We’re just six weeks  from the May 15 release of Door into Faerie, which means it’s time to give you a sneak peek. Normally I only post the opening chapter of the books, but for the finale, I’m giving you two. Click here to read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie! And remember, you can already pre-order the book on Amazon, at Chapters Indigo, or directly from the publisher, Coteau Books. The synopsis: Ariane and Wally must reforge the sword of Excalibur to defeat Merlin: but doing so may unleash something neither of them is strong enough to handle. In the climactic fifth book of The Shards of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:19, April 2nd, 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 »

Christmas special: save $15 when you buy all four Shards of Excalibur books at once!

                                              Coteau Books is offering a special Christmas promotion in its online shop: buy all four Shards of Excalibur books, Song of the SwordTwist of the BladeLake in the Clouds, and Cave Beneath the Sea, for just $45. That’s a saving of $15 off what you would pay buying them individually in a bookstore. Or to put it another way, you’re getting one of the four books absolutely free! They make great Christmas presents. No, honest, they ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:52, December 9th, 2015 under Blog, Books | 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 »

Glowing review in Canadian Children’s Book News

Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds were among the recommended books reviewed in the Summer 2015 issue of Canadian Children’s Book News. Reviewer Matthew Johnstone writes, in part: “The strengths of Willett’s series really shine in these two recent books. Throughout both, the plot moves with enthralling velocity as Willett heightens the tension for Ariane and Wally. Not only does the race for the shards of Excalibur build momentum, but the challenges Ariane and Wally encounter from family, friends and enemies consistently deepen their characters and force them to grow in significant ways. “Moreover, Willett provides a wonderfully evocative sense of place. From Regina, Saskatchewan, to Lyon, France, to Queenstown, New Zealand, and the rivers and lakes and clouds through which ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:18, October 24th, 2015 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: Door into Faerie

Here's the cover art for Door into Faerie, Book 5 in my Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series, due out in May from Coteau Books. And here's the description: In the climactic fifth book of The Shards of Excalibur, Ariane, Wally, Flish, and Rex Major are on a collision course, converging on the resting place of the final piece of the sword: the hilt, long ago removed from its original hiding place by the descendants of King Arthur. When Wally uncovers its surprising location, far closer to hand than they’d ever guessed, it seems all Ariane and Wally have to do is claim it and reforge the sword to defeat Merlin ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:30, October 18th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Sneak peek at Cave Beneath the Sea: read the first chapter!

I turned in the final edited manuscript of Cave Beneath the Sea this week to Coteau Books, which is aiming for a November release. But you don't have to wait that long to start it: here's a sneak peek, in the form of the first chapter. Enjoy--and be ready for the release of Book 4 in just two months! *** Cave Beneath the Sea Chapter 1: Snow Day Ariane Forsythe stared out the farmhouse’s second-storey window at the swirling snow, and sighed. Just my luck, she thought. Lady of the Lake, in freaking Saskatchewan—where lakes are frozen solid six months out of the year. Downstairs she could hear the radio playing “It’s Beginning to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:44, September 12th, 2015 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade nominated for Aurora Award!

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the ballot for the 2015 Aurora Awards, recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I'm pleased and proud to announce that Twist of the Blade is on the ballot in the Best Young Adult Novel Category. Others nominated in that category: Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books; Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN; Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada; The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books; Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon; and Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada. The Aurora awards will be present during SFContario 6 / Canvention 35 on the weekend of November 20-22 There are more than the usual five nominees because of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:31, May 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first chapter of Lake in the Clouds!

Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, comes out in May from Coteau Books--which means it's time for a little teaser. Here you go: Chapter 1 for your reading pleasure, just to whet your appetite. Sharp-eyed observers may also note that the title has changed slightly, from The Lake in the Clouds to just Lake in the Clouds. This is so it matches up better with the first two books, Song of the Sword and Twist of the Blade, neither of which begins with a definite article. The fourth book has likewise shifted title from The Cave Beneath the Sea to Cave Beneath ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, April 11th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »