Guardian of Time by A. Gerry and C. Hall
Date of publication: 2012
Publisher: Scribes of Shardwell, LLC
Number of pages: 422
Series: Shardwell (2#)
Source: Physical arc provided by the publisher for review. This is my honest review.
Date finished: 27th October
A secret has the power to destroy a kingdom.
I have learned this through both isolation and sorrow. My inheritance is a legacy of lies—they flow through my family like poison. Each new morning they become harder to hide.
But now my world is in turmoil. The Second Kingdom has already fallen. Demons rise from its ashes, crossing our borders to slaughter my people. Betrayal threatens to consume all I strive to defend. The Jeweled City is on the brink of war. Only my marriage to a stranger can slow its tide.
How can I choose between duty and love?
Admittedly, going into Guardian of Time, I was a little on the nervous side. Sure, I loved the first book, Phoenix Angel, but I was a little concerned about a certain something I, and many other readers call Second Book Syndrome. For those of you who don’t know, this is typically when the second book is the worst in the trilogy and can go into a boring lull, except of course to end with a cliff-hanger. I had no reason to be scared. I thought Guardian of Time was EVEN better than the first.
I think the main reason why I prefer Guardian of Time to Phoenix Angel is because of the actual story. It had been a while since I read a fantasy book set in another time, so that helped me to fall in love with it. There felt like there was more depth to the story as well.
Also, I felt more attatched to the characters. Being able to relate them to the ones from the first book helped. I feel as if I know them more and their personlies stay the same in all the books. However, I’m pretty sure Margariete/Maggie will always be a favourite character. We need more characters like her in YA.
Speaking of characters, there were definitely some things I didn’t see coming. I felt so close to the characters that I felt too betrayed in clashes. The ending was definitely the best part though.
I fairly surprised to say that I prefer this cover to the one from the first book. I just really like the white and purple/blue. Plus the guy reminds me of Josh Hutchinson.
So as you can see, I’m really excited for the third book. I have high expectations and am really looking forward to reading it.
If you love fantasy, I highly recommend that you check The Shardwell series out.
A captivating read. A perfect example of why I read fantasy.
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Goodreads author bios:
A. Gerry developed an interest in fantasy at a young age. In middle school, she fell in love with writing short stories and was thrilled when her sister proposed creating a series of novels together. Her fondness of writing comes from many sources, but the most prominent is her avid devotion to video games. Some of her favorites include Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls series, and anything that lets her shoot zombies. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Utah University and teaches at a local charter school.
C. Hall has been addicted to the many realms of fantasy and science fiction all her life. She joined her first peer writers’ group in the sixth grade, joyfully sharing world building at a young age. A graduate of Southern Utah University, she now teaches at a local charter school. When she isn’t busy designing activities for her Mythology class or going on field trips with the Star Wars Club, she is spending time with her sister, A Gerry. C. Hall’s favorite authors include J.R.R Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Tracy Hickman.