gives a rousing review to Masks:
"The novel is fast paced and Mara gets herself in and out of a million-tangles as she falls from a high-born Aygriman citizen, to concentration-camp prisoner to unmasked rebel...I would thoroughly recommend this novel; it is a great page-turner and a fantastic start to an exciting new series."
Read the whole thing.
, who loved Masks, also enjoyed Shadows:
"Full of suspense, mystery, magic, and a bit of romance – the intensity builds to a climactic ending. And as before, I look forward to the next in this incredible fantasy series."
Read the whole thing.
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 ...
Another good review for Shadows, over at Crystal Book Reviews
"Adventure, battles, scenes of devastating power and ruthlessness, mistakes galore, kindness, compassion, love, and so much more fill these pages which will be sure to delight every fan of fantasy, science fiction, adventure, thrillers and mysteries!"
Read the whole thing.
Shadows releases August 5, and one of the first to review it, Candace over at Candace's Book Blog
, has given it five stars, rating at as better than Masks:
"This book, to me, was EPIC. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I devoured it in two sittings and thought about it when I slept, or I should say,tried to sleep...
"This is a book where the characters are well done and the world building is fantastic as well...
"This book had me fully emotionally invested and at one point I found myself literally sitting on the ...
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 ...
My daughter Alice (newly fledged teenager) is a big fan of Wattpad, and has begun posting her own writing there (alicehasreadit
is her account, and trust me, the kid's got promise). I've poked around at it and thought it might be an interesting place to try to snare a few new readers, so by way of giving it a go, I've created an account (EdwardWillett
) and have begun serializing Andy Nebula: interstellar Rock Star
If you need incentive, check out this recent review on Amazon from Hard Sci-Fi Guy:
"I was expecting this book to be a tongue in cheek novel about a bunch of weird aliens ...
Got this handsome box of books from Coteau Books
yesterday: copies of Song of the Sword
, Book 1 of my five-book The Shards of Excalibur series, a brand-new revised edition of a book that first came out about four years ago but was orphaned by the collapse of Lobster Press. Book 2, Twist of the Blade
, is already written and edited and into the production process--it's due out September 1. Book 3 will be out a year from now and the rest at six month intervals thereafter, more or less. (Not that they're written yet...or titled...)
Here's the blurb from the back of the book:...
Here's a bit of a teaser for Shadows, sequel to Masks and Book 2 in The Masks of Aygrima by (ahem) E.C. Blake...
In Masks, Mara Holdfast's life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: working with her father to make the Masks that must be worn by all adults—Masks imbued with a magic that would reveal any treasonous thought about the ruling Autarch. But when her own Mask cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Rescued by an underground rebel group known as the unMasked Army, Mara was recruited ...
Song of the Sword
, Book 1 in my new YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, will be out next month--and six months after that, Book 2, Twist of the Blade, will be released. Coteau Books
just sent me the cover art. I like it! And as you can see, they're keeping a very nice continuity from book to book...