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Cover art revealed for The Cave Beneath the Sea

Here's the cover art for The Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 of The Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series from Coteau Books. Book 1 was Song of the Sword, Book 2 was Twist of the Blade, Book 3 is The Lake in the Clouds (coming out May 1). The Cave Beneath the Sea is due out this fall and Book 5 will be out next spring, to wrap up the series. Pretty cover, isn't it? They all ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:47, March 11th, 2015 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Quill & Quire likes Twist of the Blade

Quill & Quire, "Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews," gives Twist of the Blade a great review (Q&Q liked Song of the Sword, too, in its original version): Regina-based author Edward Willet offers a satisfying second instalment in his Shards of Excalibur series, a modern-day fantasy based on the legend of King Arthur... Twist of the Blade offers an enticing sense of danger and excitement as Ariane pursues her mission, but the narrative doesn’t shy away from the story’s human elements...It’s refreshing to read a story in which the heroes and villains are not cut-and-dried, and readers can look forward to three more instalments ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:50, August 17th, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade now has its own page at Coteau Books

Coteau Books has a great website with pages for all of their books…and the page for Book 2 of my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, Twist of the Blade, is now live! You can download a high-res version of the cover art and pre-order the print or ebook version right from that page. Here’s the description: Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally’s worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:07, July 5th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Song of the Sword web page goes live at Coteau Books

Song of the Sword, first book in my news YA fantasy series written as Edward Willett, now has its official web page on the Coteau Books site. And here it is! You can download a high-res version of the cover or the media release. Feel free to send it to everyone you know. You can also order the book directly from Coteau, if you like...and wouldn't you? Really? Deep down? Synopsis Ariane meets her ancestor, the Lady of the Lake, and is sent on an important and dangerous quest – to reunite the pieces of the shattered sword Excalibur. Yes, that Excalibur.  Ariane's life is already pretty difficult ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:45, February 1st, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Coteau Books releases Spring 2014 catalogue featuring Song of the Sword

The launch of my back-from-the-dead YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur grows ever nearer: Coteau Books has released its spring 2014 catalogue (download the whole thing here) which features Song of the Sword, book one in the five-book series which will continue with Twist of the Blade (currently in rewrites) this fall...with two more as-yet-untitled-and-unwritten books to follow in 2015 and the final book, at least in the initial five-book story arc, to follow in 2016. It won't be long now!

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:43, January 27th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Shards of Excalibur series gets a new publisher

I'm thrilled--maybe even ecstatic--to announce that my five-book modern-day fantasy series with Arthurian overtones, The Shards of Excalibur, has been picked up by a new publisher, respected Regina literary press Coteau Books. I originally sold Song of the Sword, the first book in the series, to Lobster Press, and it came out a couple of years ago (with the cover at left) to good reviews (read excerpts from some of those reviews here). Unfortunately, Lobster Press ran into difficulties and folded...just before the second book, Twist of the Blade, should have come out. (It was written and edited and ready to go.) I was anxious to find a new publisher ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:17, August 21st, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

Another nice review of Song of the Sword

This one popped up at Just Deb, and is part of a regular feature she calls Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays: This is the first book in the Shards of Excalibur series. And it's going to be a good one-series I mean. Loved the first and how Arthurian legend was woven into a troubled teens life. A character who drove the story, which is always a favorite for me. I liked her a lot--especially in once scene where the bad guy (er, girl) gets a taste of--well, I shall say no more. This is also a favourite of one of my book club kids. He's twelve ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, August 2nd, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art for Twist of the Blade!

Just got the cover art for Twist of the Blade, Book 2 of my Shards of Excalibur YA series from Lobster Press. The artist is Paul Davey. That's a different artist from last time, and so Ariane looks a little different (she seems to have lost weight). And that's not quite the way I picture Wally. Bu it's eye-catching! By way of reminder, here's the synopsis of this upcoming (though probably not until next spring, I'm told now) sequel: In France, archaeologists have begun to investigate newly discovered cave paintings…but deeper inside the cave, resting below a pool of icy black water, lies a different ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:10, June 1st, 2011 under Blog, Books | 4 Comments »

Song of the Sword “a great new spin on a familiar story”

A brief new review of Song of the Sword at the blog think.thank.thought (a trail of reading) says: Song of the Sword is carried by an exciting plot that gives a great new spin to a favourite story.  It can also take credit for a great cast of characters...set up to play out what might become the battle of the ages.  I can see that exciting adventures await as they all struggle to decide what's worth fighting for: power, friends, or family. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series! Read the whole thing.

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:54, April 10th, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Another review of Song of the Sword…

...this one coming from Vilate at the Young Adult Literature Review blog, who was  not particularly disposed to liking it, since she's "not particularly fond of Arthurian tales, as a rule. Arthur is done too often and there aren’t that many new ways to look at him," as she puts it. And she found it slow going to begin with, but in the end I won her over: I did like the main character, Ariane, and her “sidekick” Wally. They were both developed well, and they felt well-rounded. Wally is particularly interesting as the nerdy kid who attaches himself to Ariane. There’s a nice dark side ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:46, March 25th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »