Lake in the Clouds

Coteau Books
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In the third instalment of this modern take on Arthurian legends, Ariane – descendant of none other than the Lady of the Lake herself – is on the run and on her own. Using her powers to keep avoiding Rex Major’s agents makes her too weak to detect the next Shard of the broken sword she must reunite. And her erstwhile best friend and sidekick Wally has switched allegiance and is living a pampered life at Rex Major’s right hand. Perhaps worst of all, the powerful Rex (aka Merlin) has the biggest network in the world, and has used it to find Ariane’s Aunt Phyllis –her mother’s sister, and the person she’s closest to. With her aunt under threat, Ariane has no choice but to walk straight into Rex Major’s trap. No longer using her powers to stay ahead of his spies, she can sense the third Shard. Now all she has to do is win back Wally’s friendship, protect her aunt’s life, figure out Major’s next move – oh, and get to New Zealand and safely back with the Shard whose song is beginning to call her...
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About the author

Edward Willett, writing under his own name and also as E.C. Blake, is the 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. He was born in New Mexico and now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Publisher
Coteau Books
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Published on
May 11, 2015
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781550508239
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian
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