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Lobster Press Fall/Winter 2010 catalogue released, Song of the Sword gets pride of place

Lobster Press has just made its Fall/Winter 2010 catalogue available, and my new YA fantasy Song of the Sword gets pride of place as the first book listed. Guess I'd better get busy and write the second book...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:14, June 11th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Song of the Sword is staff pick at Library Bound

Library Bound Inc., "Your Canadian choice for all your library needs," a company that helps libraries build their collections, lists Song of the Sword among their Staff Favorites for September. Helen Wilding Cook, Children's Collection Development Coordinator, writes that: "The story...has wonderful Canadian references and some really funny passages. Ariane is constantly in danger, and the suspense is beautifully maintained." Yay!

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:29, September 4th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

SciFiGuy features me in an interview

There's a nice big interview with me up at SciFiGuy.ca, mostly focused on the upcoming release of Song of the Sword, Book 1 in The Shards of Excalibur. Alas, it's still the upcoming release because printer problems delayed it past the hoped for October 15, but they promise me it'll be ready at month's end--which is good, since I've got a signing coming up at Chapters here in Regina on November 6. (2 p.m. Be there! Well, unless you're reading this in, say, Miami. In which case, I won't look for you.) I had a school reading last Friday at W.S. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:06, October 22nd, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

School Library Journal praises Song of the Sword

A nice new review of Song of the Sword in the important School Library Journal. After a very nice synopsis, reviewer Michele Shaw says: "This is a fantasy of epic proportions, with the perfect blend of suspense; well-developed, likable characters; and a touch of sarcastic humor. Ariane and Wally find four shards and the hilt of the sword, ensuring readers that this is just the beginning of the fantastical journey." Read the whole review (scroll down!).

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:39, February 3rd, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Once more into the breach

A while back I discussed a variety of ideas for new projects with my agent, Ethan Ellenberg. There was one in particular he liked, which is tentatively titled Masks. It's a YA fantasy, and since he's anxious to see some sample chapters, I've plunged into it. Here's how it begins: A week before her thirteenth birthday and her Masking, Mara sat on the city wall, bare legs dangling into space, and looked down past her dirty toes at the crowds milling around in the Outside Market. I've finished the first scene (about 1,200 words so far) and looking forward to carrying on with it as I can, although time is in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:41, February 23rd, 2011 under Blog | 1 Comment »

McNally Robinson likes Song of the Sword

A great review of Song of the Sword has appeared on McNally Robinson Booksellers' website. Chadwick Ginther begins: If you think you know Arthur, Merlin and the Lady of the Lake guess again. Ariane is a troubled teen, starting a new life with her aunt in Regina. A new school would be hard enough, but learning you're a descendant of the Lady of the Lake too? And ends: You can't always judge a book by its cover--but in the case of Song of the Sword, you can. Its stunning cover is the door to a unique, clever, and beautifully modern retelling of an old legend. Read the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:41, February 25th, 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 »

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 »

DAW buys my new YA series!

Big news this week: DAW Books, publisher of my three science fiction novels Lost in Translation, Marseguro and Terra Insegura, and my upcoming Lee Arthur Chane fantasy Magebane, has bought the first two-books of a new YA fantasy series, the first book of which is called Masks. Here's the "high-concept" description from my proposal: In a tyrannical land where obedience is ensured by magical Masks that all must wear, a renegade girl must learn to harness her own magical abilities to defeat oppression at home and invasion from outside. And, just for fun, here's the opening (as it stands now): A week before her thirteenth birthday and her Masking, Mara sat on the city wall, bare legs dangling into space, and looked down ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:01, August 5th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »

VOYA likes Magebane

Although Magebane is not a YA novel, it does have relatively young protaganists, and there's certainly no reason older teens wouldn't enjoy it...a fact with which VOYA concurs. VOYA (it stands for Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine is "the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading," so it's gratifying that their reviewer Heidi Uphoff has this to say about Magebane (it's not an unadulterated rave, as you'll see, but I'll take it!): Chane created a fascinating and unique world in Magebane, a stand-alone fantasy novel. There is a little predictability ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:54, December 9th, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »