Song of the Sword: Shards of Excalibur 1

Coteau Books
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Ariana’s life is already pretty difficult when she starts to hear the singing – her mother suddenly disappeared, she’s trying to get used to living with her aunt after bouncing around a series of foster homes, and she’s taking a lot of grief from the clique of “in” girls at school. But she’s also dealing with these sudden premonitions about the future, things seem to get weird whenever she touches water, and now someone, somewhere is singing to her. Soon, she’s met the famed Lady of the Lake – who turns out to be an ancestor – UNDER Wascana Lake, has acquired a nerdy sidekick, and is sent on a dangerous mission that pits her against otherworldly forces. Can she figure out what it all means, much less survive the challange?
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About the author

Edward Willet 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 nonfiction 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.

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Coteau Books
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May 1, 2014
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Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian
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Two young individuals must uncover the dark secrets of their stratified city in this suspenseful sci-fi standalone

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Their two very different worlds collide when Alania, fleeing from an unexpected ambush, plunges from the heights of the City down to the Middens, and into Danyl’s life.

Almost immediately, both of them find themselves pursued by the First Officer’s Provosts, for reasons they cannot fathom—but which they must uncover if they are to survive. The secrets they unlock, as they flee the Canyon and crisscross the Heartland from the City’s farmlands to the mountains of the north and back again, will determine not only their fate, but the fate of the City…and everyone who lives there.
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