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The Shards of Excalibur
Twist of the Blade
The Shards of Excalibur, Book 2
By (author): Edward Willett
9781550505993 Paperback, Trade English JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Sep 02, 2014
$12.95 CAD
Active 5.59 x 8.5 x 0.56 in 232 pages Coteau Books
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's worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength to do both good and evil ... and when she seriously hurts his bullying sister Flish, it seems he might be right.

Edward Willett is the award-winning author of nearly 50 science fiction and fantasy, science and other non-fiction books for both young readers and adults. His science fiction novel Marseguro won the 2009 Prix Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy novel. His non-fiction writing for young readers has received National Science Teachers Association and VOYA awards. Edward Willett was born in New Mexico and now lives in Regina, Canada.



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Regina-based author Edward Willett offers a satisfying second instalment in his Shards of Excalibur series, a modern-day fantasy based on the legend of King Arthur.

Twist of the Blade picks up the story of high-school student Ariane Forsythe, who has inherited the water-controlling powers of the Lady of the Lake. Ariane is determined to locate the second of five pieces of Excalibur, which have been scattered around the world. Aiding in her quest is her loyal, redheaded best friend, Wally Knight, whose full name – Walter Arthur Knight the Third – hints unsubtly at developments to come.

Though Ariane’s magic powers have been bolstered by her discovery, in the previous novel, of the first shard of the sword, she must act quickly to find the next one, which she senses is somewhere in France. Hot on her heels is the rich and powerful Rex Major (a.k.a. Merlin the Wizard), whose own powers have diminished and who will stop at nothing to find the shard first.

Twist of the Blade offers an enticing sense of danger and excitement as Ariane pursues her mission, but the narrative doesn’t shy away from the story’s human elements. As Ariane’s powers grow, Wally worries they are changing her, especially when Ariane’s anger overpowers her, and his sister ends up in the hospital as a result. After Ariane lets Wally down too many times, he no longer knows whom to trust. He wants to do what’s best, but can Ariane even tell what that is anymore? And is Merlin truly the villain the Lady insisted he is?

Following a hectic race to locate the second shard deep in a cavern in Southern France, Wally is no closer to knowing who would be better off with the sword – and the power it bestows. 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.
- Laura Godfrey, Quill and Quire

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