Edward Willett


Song of the Sword now available as audiobook!

I'm thrilled to announce that Song of the Sword, book one in my Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series (published in print by Coteau Books) is now available through Audible.com as an audiobook, narrated by the talented Elizabeth Klett, who will be narrating the remaining four books in the series over the course of the year.       I couldn't be happier with Elizabeth's narration. Here's a bit more about her from her website: Reading books out loud has long been a passion for Elizabeth Klett. She has been a professional audiobook narrator since 2011, with over 100 titles available at Audible and elsewhere. She has ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:02, February 16th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | 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 »

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 »

Song of the Sword long-listed for the Sunburst Award

I'm excited to announce that Song of the Sword has been long-listed in the young adult category for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year. The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo. The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. Others long-listed in the YA category: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier Gottika by Helaine Becker Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger Guardian by Natasha ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:59, June 1st, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Shards of Excalibur first four books as a set looks like this…

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:51, March 11th, 2015 under Books | 5 Comments »

CanLit for Little Canadians likes Song of the Sword

Helen Kubiw gives Song of the Sword a great review at CanLit for Little Canadians, writing in part: Because Edward Willett ensures that there is a lot of action in Song of the Sword as well as emotional issues of family and trust, it's a fantasy that will grip teens of both genders...Edward Willett blends the humour with the ethereal fantasy of Song of the Sword so easily...Readers will be right in there, cheering for Ariane and Wally, worried with every obstacle that jumps into their path, hopeful that the bad guy won't prevail. Read the whole thing!

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:43, August 16th, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

One Song of the Sword signing down, two to go

I had a great signing of Song of the Sword Chapters Regina on Saturday--lots of people stopped to talk, and sold about a dozen books over the three hours, which is pretty good for these sorts of things. Next Saturday, June 28, I'll be in Saskatoon, reading and signing at McNally Robinson at 1 p.m., then moving over to Indigo for 4 to 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!  

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:09, June 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

The new Coteau Books edition of Song of the Sword is in print!

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:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:02, May 14th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Cover art reveal: Twist of the Blade

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...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:54, April 10th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Kirkus Reviews offers first review of new Song of the Sword: “a tight story”

First review I've seen of the new version of Song of the Sword is from Kirkus Reviews, which says it's "a tight story (all the details make sense), and characters exhibit honest emotions," and adds, "Fantasy references galore should ensure that readers who enjoy fantasy—and Arthurian legend in particular—come away satisfied." Read the whole thing. Only a couple of months until you can read it for yourself!

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:16, March 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »