- Series: The Shards of Excalibur (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lobster Press (October 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897550901
- ISBN-13: 978-1897550908
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,892,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Song of the Sword: Book 1 of the Shards of Excalibur Paperback – October 1, 2010
From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Two years after her mother has disappeared, and two foster homes later, 15-year-old Ariane moves in with her Aunt Phyllis in small-town Regina, but any hope of normalcy is soon dashed. Mean girl Felicia and her "coven" of followers target Ariane, and she experiences troubling visions and then hears mysterious chanting from the water. She discovers that she is a descendant of the Lady of the Lake and learns that she has no choice but to try to find the scattered shards of the sword Excalibur before Merlin, in the human form of computer mogul Rex Major, can find them and restore his broken powers. Stumbling upon Ariane as the Lady of the Lake reveals herself to her, Felicia's nerdy brother becomes entangled in the quest. As Ariane and Wally travel throughout Canada trying to locate the first shard, they are pursued by ruthless Rex Major, who will stop at nothing to get the power to rule both Earth and the Faerie world. When Ariane learns that her mother also descended from the Lady of the Lake, she wonders if her disappearance is tied to this mysterious and dangerous mission. 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.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Every so often…a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect... [An] impressive new YA novel…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 2010-09-01)
"Written clearly, and with an interesting version of the Arthurian legend, the tale portrays some common teenage problems through the eyes of the two main characters, while placing them in harrowing fantasy situations...Recommended." (CM Magazine 2010-09-03)
"Willett...keeps up the momentum of the chase against time and evil...Song of the Sword will certainly have appeal to enthusiastic young fantasy fans." (Resource Links 2010-10-01)
"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 2011-02-01)
"Willett's novel will please fantasy junkies with its intricate details; yet there's also an appealing poetry to Ariane's story, best manifested when she learns to use her powers to merge with water and transport herself wherever it flows. Song of the Sword is a unique twist on the old subjects of teenage rebellion and self-discovery." (Montreal Review of Books 2010-11-01)
"A highly original take on the King Arthur Legend." (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 2010-12-01)
"Willett did an excellent job here… Ariane [has] quite a bit of personality and spunk… Wally is definitely my favorite character. He's got a bit of King Arthur potential, but he's so very quirky… I sense his sister becoming a bit of a Morgan le Fay character, which should prove to be entertaining." (Word for Teens (book review blog) 2010-11-01)
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Elizabeth Klett's narration is top notch. She does the accents perfectly and brings the characters to life. Would surely love to listen to more of her work.
I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
The characters in this interesting adaptation of the Camelot mythos are very real and sympathetic. Though set in Canada, the young man and woman caught up in the events of this story could have come from anywhere in any modern country. The backgound of each character is unique and interesting, and is only revealed in glimpses of each person's past. The author keeps the reader engaged by revealing details that make the characters more human (while making them more un-human at the same time!) This young lady and gentleman have very real problems that tweens, teens, and young adults can understand and sympathize with, and oh, they're supposed to save the world, too. No pressure!
There is no sex and I don't remember any cursing in this novel. The material is high fantasy with faerie and human worlds intertwined. My verdict is: Read it! and then, read it again! I plan to!
Recommended for any reader, probably 8 and up can understand completely.
I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.