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?
"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.
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.
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.
This story is the first book in a new series, Song of the Sword. Merlin, from Camelot fame, is living in Toronto. He goes by the name of Rex Major (yup, High King). But after a millennia and a half, his magic is barely there. He wants to return to Faerie, so he needs magic to open the door. When Arthur died, Excalibur returned to the Lady of the Lake . She broke into pieces and hid them all over the mortal world. Merlin has been searching, but to no avail. The Lady feels him getting close so she searches for one of her descendants to whom she can transfer her power. She has been trying for a long time. She may have found someone.
Join the quest of two young teens, from Regina, as they get involved in this conflict that is mired in mythology and legend. Can they locate the pieces of Excalibur? Can they help stop Merlin? How has Merlin been able to continue his search for so long?
Elizabeth Klett adds an authenticity to the story. She does great British and Canadian accents.. I was given this audiobook, at my request, in exchange for an honest review.. I am glad I did as I really enjoyed the story and look forward to the next.
What made the experience of listening to Song of the Sword the most enjoyable?
The story moves fast, and the author does not linger for you to catch up. The reader did an excellent job of pacing the story out and giving each of the characters their own voice.
What did you like best about this story?
I'll be honest, I was impressed that the author was able to get me so invested in the story. The story is definitely appropriate for young adults, but Willett's plot and characters were able to grab and hold my attention.
Which scene was your favorite?
I really don't want to give away much of the plot. It's got a few twists that changed how I perceived the way the author was going to go, and they were well done.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A girl, a boy, a quest.
This is a perfectly fun YA novel of the Arthurian Legend's, Lady in the Lake, set right in Saskatchewan's capital city, Regina.
In the middle of the city, is Wascana Lake, and that's where the Lady's avatar resides... Yes, Avatar, and Merlin is actually the antagonist. What a brilliant move, taking an old trope and turning it into something fresh and special!
Ariane is a typical, teenage girl whose life has been turned upside down, and now, the Lady has chosen Ariane to go on a magical quest. Ariane's been provided a 'side-kick' of sorts, a nosey kid named Wally... The quest? To find the broken shards of Excalibur, and stop Merlin from getting his hands on them!
Wally is completely gung-ho! A magical quest is what he's always dreamed of, but Ariane isn't quite so sure about the whole deal. She's still dealing with her mother having gone missing, a new school (including bulles), and moving in with her Aunt!
Elizabeth Klett did a fantastic job presenting the story!
Get the story to find out if they accept the quest, or do they even have a choice?