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Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from Internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally is worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength to do good and evil, and when she badly injures his bullying sister, Flish, it seems he’s right.  

Meanwhile, they have a serious problem: Ariane’s located the second Shard in France. Sure, her inherited powers from the Lady of the Lake enable her to travel magically through fresh water, but it hasn’t escaped their notice that there’s a huge saltwater ocean separating them from their next target. And Rex Major is already on his way there.  

As Major uses Wally’s doubts - and his secret wish to be more than just a nerdy sidekick - to cause a rift between the friends, Ariane takes the chance to go it alone. But if the first Shard’s power is barely controllable, how will she fare when two Shards are united? And what can Wally do to get his friend back? 

©2014 Edward Willett (P)2018 Edward Willett

Critic Reviews

“The sequel to Song of the Sword improves on its foundation.... Willett realistically explores the difficulties Ariane and Wally face and paints Rex Major in such a light that readers may be unsure as to whether he is a master manipulator or misunderstood hero... Engrossing.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A satisfying second instalment... Twist of the Blade offers an enticing sense of danger and excitement... It's refreshing to read a story in which the heroes and villains are not cut-and-dried, and readers can look forward to three more instalments in this genuinely entertaining myth-based series.” (Quill & Quire)

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Who do they believe?

The story continues as Ariane and Wally look for the second shard. Having her Aunt on board helps a lot. Rex Major’s intentions remain unclear. There are hints he may be the altruistic one, then again, maybe not. Tension between Flish and Ariane remain, and this only hinders Wally’s relationship with Ariane. I like the solution the author devised for the duo to cross the ocean. I think the choices made by the kids seem true to character and reality.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this author. I’ve previously listened to Song of the Sword. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. I enjoy her rendition of the characters and she brings out the emotion in the story.

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

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  • 06-11-18

Great 2nd book

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

This was a great follow up to book 1, Song of the Sword. The characters continue to be interesting and the narration is still quite good. The story is quicky and fun. This is shaping up to be a great new series that I am looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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Camelot in Canada continues ...

Twist of the Blade is the 2nd instalment in The Shards of Excalibur series. Ariana is a descendant from the Lady if the Lake. Yes, from Arthurian lore. Ariana and her friend Wally have been given a quest by The Lady - collect all the shards of Excalibur before Merlin does. That’s right. I said Merlin. Excalibur was broken into shards a few millennia ago to keep them from Merlin. Today he lives under the guise of Rex Major, a wealthy computer magnate who has magically tapped into the Internet. That idea is just crazy!

The Lady gifted (awakened) Ariana with the ability to manipulate water, to become water in its many forms. She uses these gifts to help her with the quest. As some questions are answered , many more come forward. Why does Merlin need Excalibur? Why is The Lady so determined to stop him? What role does Wally Knight play in this story? There is much more to find out; therefore, l am compelled to listen to the rest of the stories.

Elizabeth Klett does a great job of narration and bringing the characters to life. It isn’t easy to do justice to the voice of a teenage boy and then a middle aged British magician. I was given . this book, on my request, in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a mystery wrapped in Fantasy and Lore.

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