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 their quest is not over. Thanks to Wally, Ariane knows her mother is alive-and that Rex Major is trying to find her. In Cave Beneath in the Sea, Ariane and Wally race to the Caribbean as they try to find Ariane’s mother and the fourth shard of Excalibur before Major does. As they struggle to stop him, Ariane and Wally must make the most difficult decisions of their lives.”
I had a great time writing Cave Beneath the Sea and I can’t wait for readers to experience it. It’s available directly from Coteau Books, or through Amazon.ca or Indigo, in both paperback and ebook formats.
Of course, if you haven’t read any of the series, the previous three books, Song of the Sword, Twist of the Blade, and Lake in the Clouds, are all still available and awaiting your reading pleasure. You can read more about the series at the website I’ve dedicated to it, www.shardsofexcalibur.com.
Here are some recent reviews:
“The strengths of Willett’s series really shine in these two recent books (Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds). 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 Ariane and Wally travel, Willett crafts immersive locations that lend genuine vigour to the story…
“At the heart of these two novels, however, is the evolving relationship between Ariane and Wally. In a world of absent parents…they must rely upon themselves and upon each other. They must learn to trust each other, for they are being changed by their contact with and use of old magic steeped in old conflicts, desires and mysteries — all of which become particularly vital in Lake in the Clouds. How Ariane and Wally deal with such changes, and with the increasing responsibilities of their quest, makes them truly admirable characters.
“Willett’s The Shards of Excalibur series…gives fresh life to the Arthurian legends, and there is, indeed, much to look forward to in the next two instalments.” – Matthew Johnstone, Canadian Children’s Book News
“Well written, and fast moving, with touches of humour, The Lake in the Clouds will appeal to young readers who enjoy adventure as well as adults who might like a modern visit to the timeless story of King Arthur and his knights. Recommended.” – Ronald Hore, Resource Links Magazine