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Publisher's Summary

Ariane's life is complicated. Her mother suddenly disappeared two and a half years ago, she's trying to get used to living with her aunt after bouncing around a series of foster homes, and she's taking a lot of grief from the clique of "in" girls at school. To make matters even worse, now she's having strange dreams involving swords and knights and battles, and things seem to get weird whenever she touches water.

The weirdness comes to a head the morning the lake starts singing to her. Next thing she knows, she's underwater, talking to the Lady of the Lake of King Arthur fame (who turns out to be an ancestor), has acquired a nerdy sidekick, Wally, has been bestowed magical powers, and has been sent on a quest to find the five scattered shards of Excalibur before the powerful wizard Merlin, in his unsuspected modern-day guise, can get his hands on them. Can Ariane and Wally figure out how to use her new abilities to meet the challenge...or will they die trying?

Reviews

"Every so often...a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect. Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy is definitely on the list. So, too, is Song of the Sword, the impressive new YA novel from Regina writer Edward Willett...a taut, compelling narrative, well-drawn characters, and a keen sense of genuine peril and true wonder. It's a powerful, fun, engaging read, and it's the first of a series, so readers have much to look forward to." - Quill & Quire

"This is a fantasy of epic proportions, with the perfect blend of suspense; well-developed, likable characters; and a touch of sarcastic humor...this is just the beginning of the fantastical journey." - School Library Journal

Read more about this series at shardsofexcalibur.com. Learn more about the author at edwardwillett.com.

©2014 Edward Willett (P)2018 Edward Willett

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A fantastic adventure ... and it's only the start!

A story that plays in the fantastical realm of Camelot always grabs my attention. The great thing about this story is that it uses just enough of the Camelot mythology to ground the reader, but then it takes off on a completely new adventure of its own. The teenage leads of the story, Ariane and Wally, certainly don't have idyllic lives. I think that's what made them feel very real to me, and why I was drawn into the adventure right along with them, because who doesn't remember a time when it felt like no one understood you and everyone was against you?

The fantastic abilities Ariane acquires partway through the story were a delightful surprise, and led to all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. So much happens to her and Wally that I almost felt exhausted when I reached the end of their adventures. And this is only the beginning of the quest!

Elizabeth Klett does a great job of voicing the various characters as they navigate through the events of the book. Her narration sucked me right into the story - it was as if I was there standing on the street or off in the corner of the room watching the characters lives unfold in front of me. I had actually read the book before listening to it in audio form, and I have to say that I prefer the audio book, which is entirely due to Ms Klett's performance.

You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this book, you just have to love a great adventure.

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a great adventure

I love those books that are based on a quest I don't know how to explain why but I like it this book was extremely well written and very interesting
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A new quest has begun

Song of the Sword is a wonderfully written story that takes elements from Arthurian Legend.

Ariane is sent on a quest to retrieve the shards of Excalibur before Merlin can claim them and return to power. As she discovers the powers bestowed upon her by her ancestor, The Lady of the Lake, the challenge becomes very real and dangerous.

This is a great start to a new series, and I look forward to seeing where it goes!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Why not Canada???

It is young adult and reminiscent of Percy Jackson stories by Rick Riordan. It’s not an intense story but a fun one. Together with a kid from her school, Ariane has been set on the quest to find the five shards of Excalibur. Merlin, diminished in magic, has been attempting to recover them for himself. We get hints there might be more to the story portrayed by the Lady of the Lake. Is the line a bit fuzzy between the seemingly evil and well-intentioned? Guess we need to find out in the next book(s). This is not a stand-alone novel.

I never rant, but seriously reviewers....why can’t Merlin be in Canada? What’s wrong with everyone else? Do you realize how many Brits have populated Canada? If Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief happened in the USA not Greece, why not Canada? Not every storyline has to happen in or be solved by Americans!! Besides, give Seattle, New York or Los Angeles a break!

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. In fact, I have the next book in my queue. I’m looking forward to listening to more of this storyline.

This is the fifth book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. I previously listened to the boxed set Olento Research. She gives each character a distinct voice and expression. When she narrates you are listening to someone “tell the story” not “read a book”. The story comes to life.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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Fun short read

I was provided a free book

Overall I think this story is pretty good while being pretty unique. One of the problems I think this book has is the things that don't really need to have extra descriptions about do and things that should have more don't seem to have enough.

I think it's a great book for young adults and it's not too long so if you want a shorter book this is a good one to get

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Great YA listen

Intriguing story and characters excellently read by the narrator. A very entertaining listen. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Was hard to finish.

I love the narrator. Elizabeth Klett is one of my favorite narrators.
The storyline was ok. I really like the concept of the story. I had a hard time connecting with the characters in the story and it's made it difficult to finish. I honestly don't know how to explain how to make it a better story because there is a lot of detail and interaction with the people in the book. Something feels predictable in the way its written.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.

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New take on Lady of the Lake..

Starts off slow, but you slowly begin to speed up... Hated the mean girls, never had someone that mean in my school so i'm glad about that. There were some parts where I kinda felt the story was running on a typical stereotype train.. then it veered to the left a few times which was nice. Was a good listen, if you want a book that has a twist on the Arthurian legend then this is great for you. I will say it is definitely a YA... I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher

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A solid start of a new Arthurian Legend series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was an interesting take on the Arthurian Legend. I found that it was in Canada kind of quirky and entertaining. The characters were interesting and the narration was pretty good. All in all, a great start of a new series. One I will look for more in.

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King Arthur in Canada?

There was a lot of story elements that seem all too convenient to be true. One was that all these English characters happen to all be in Canada, and the small city of Regina no less.

I liked the main character a lot. The narrator did a splendid job. I loved her Canadian accent, it really brought the story alive.

The ending dragged on for more than 30 minutes after the climax. This had me checking the time, wondering when it was going to be over.