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The Guardian's Apprentice (Beyond the Veil Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Smashwords (October 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y74HVY
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An avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels all of my life, I began writing The Guardian's Apprentice in 2002 and did not finish until 2010. I live with my family in rural Kentucky, along with our six cats. When not acquiring more cats for our plan of world domination (cat armies are terribly hard to train), I enjoy spinning stories from the wisps of magic around me. For more information, visit my website at www.michaelradcliffe.com.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Janiree Beard on August 19, 2010
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The Guardian's Apprentice kept me on my toes with every twist and turn. Radcliffe's description of each character stimulates the imagination and allows the reader's mind to develop vivid pictures, bringing the characters to life and making the read all the more enjoyable. In particular, the dragons are so incredibly detailed that one could almost imagine the awe felt by Keegan when in their presence. The personalities of the characters shine brilliantly. It was almost impossible to choose a favorite! However, I believe I was finally able to determine a suitable candidate on completion of the final chapter. I will not divulge my decision, but allow other readers to come to their own equally worthy choice. The book comes to a conclusion that leaves the reader begging for more! The gears of my devious brain are spinning trying to devise a plot to get Radcliffe to kick it up a notch so that I can get my greedy little hands on the sequel! Thanks for keeping us waiting for EIGHT YEARS old friend. It's brilliant! I'm very proud of you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on August 3, 2010
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I loved escaping into Keegan's world, following him into the fantasy realm he didn't even know was his heritage. I was swept away by the world Radcliffe created. I'll definitely watch for more from this author!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shanna Stigall on August 7, 2010
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Radcliffe's The Guardian's Apprentice is a wonderful escape, with amazing imagery and creativity, Guardian's Apprentice rivals books such as Harry Potter and Christopher Paolini's Eragon Series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kirkpatrick on May 2, 2011
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J. Michael Radcliffe's 'The Guardian's Apprentice' is very familiar territory, just as satisfying to me as the subject of magic and the mundane could ever be. This strong story is the opening of a much wider tale, and puts us at the very edge of the veil between the worlds - the veil that keeps magic and power from overwhelming an unknowing humanity. It is the task of the Guardian to protect that division, and now, in Mr. Radcliffe's telling, one of the humble mortals must take up that task. Why he was selected, when powerful wizards and witches crave the position, that is the meat of the whole story.

Filled with urgency, darkness, and confusion, 'The Guardian's Apprentice' wants us to believe the one thing most difficult to believe, something that character Keegan Whitestone must believe in spite of himself; magic is very real, and it can be misused. As is proper in such lessons, comes the realization that time itself is running out. It is fun to prod Keegan - a very likeable, if not very cooperative fellow - prod him, and make him hurry. It is so much easier, and more fun, to believe in magic than to resist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Marlowe on June 29, 2011
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Definitely some great ideas in this book -- it's not just a ripoff of the normal fantasy genre. The plot line is detailed too, enough to make one wonder about all the other things going on in the background that the author hadn't had time to show you. Still, the book length is relatively modest and one is really only acclimatizing oneself to the world described when the novel ends. The writing is good but the main strength is the creativity and plot and that just isn't enough to warrant all the 5 star reviews I see other readers have left. I'm giving it a solid 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B. Castillo on August 11, 2011
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J. M. Radcliffe's self-published novel, The Guardian's Apprentice is the story of a middle aged guy finding out he's a wizard. This is no Harry Potter though, Keegan's education in the world of magic beyond the Veil is a trial by fire. Three trials by fire to be exact. This is an action packed magical adventure complete with dragons, snarky cats, talking ravens and dark mystery.

All in all this is a very solid fantasy. The world is well developed and we're quickly introduced to it through the trials and travels of Keegan, the main viewpoint character. The magic system isn't well defined, but it's pretty clear that it is the standard fantasy magic far with hexes and spells and incantations and whatnot. The main character and his cohorts are well fleshed out, and though some of the supporting characters are fantasy archetypes.

I was really surprised by a few twists in the story! I thought that I knew what was going on and then suddenly I realize that things got turned on me. Usually I either figure these things out, or the twists are stupid and arbitrary but after looking back I realized that there was a lot of foreshadowing for this one. It was really fun to be surprised like that.

The only problem that I had with this one was that Keegan is taken out of his world(the normal world) so quickly that we don't really get a good impression of what his life is like before he's brought over. There's a little too much telling and too little showing there, and it's all together too brief so that we don't get to fully see how Keegan changes over the course of the novel. We know that he's changing but we were only told how he acted before, we don't get to see it for ourselves. That was a little disappointing.

But it didn't stop my enjoyment of the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robuster on September 29, 2011
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Not a bad story but overly long and with way to many plot twists. I found all the people in the story interesting.The main plot was very good with every thing fleshed out well.The story held my interest at times and then it would go off track and I would find my self flipping back to try and pick up what I missed. Less is more my grandfather would say from time to time.This book could have used some more editing.I all so felt the book was over priced.Much better reads can be found for a buck or two.If you read a lot and price is not a concern have at it.After saying this I did enjoy the story I would have enjoyed it much more for half the amount.
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