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 latest publication, the just-released Masks, under the name E.C. Blake, received a glowing review in Publishers’ Weekly. Other science fiction novels include Lost in Translation, Marseguro, and Terra Insegura, 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 grew up in Weyburn, Sask. He has lived and worked in Regina since 1988. In addition to his numerous writing projects, Edward is also a professional actor and singer who has performed in dozens of plays, musicals and operas in and around Saskatchewan, hosted local television programs, and emceed numerous public events.
The sequel to The Song of the Sword (2014) improves on its foundation. Ariane Forsythe is changing. She can feel the recently claimed shard of Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur, infecting her thoughts and feelings with its cold desire to kill. It's this drive to violence that leads to Ariane's vigorous defense of herself against school bullies landing said bullies in the hospital. Wally Knight, Ariane's friend and partner in her quest to reclaim the shards of Excalibur, is shocked when Ariane doesn't visit him when he is hospitalized after an accident and is further horrified to learn Ariane's powers have hospitalized his sister, one of the bullies. Wally's discomfort with Ariane's recent behavior is further deepened when Rex Major (Merlin, in his contemporary guise) encourages Wally to question the motives of the Lady of t he Lake, who tasked Ariane and Wally with the quest. When Ariane discovers new powers, she uses them to travel to the location of the next shard - but her unpredictable actions there lead to danger and distrust. Willet 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 and more nuanced than its predecessor. (Fantasy. 12-16) - Kirkus Reviews
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