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

J. Michael Radcliffe
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Keegan Whitestone doesn’t believe in magic. A disillusioned young man drifting through life without purpose, he almost welcomes the unexpected delivery of his father’s signet ring and a mysterious note. Estranged from his father before the man’s death, Keegan knows nothing of his family heritage, or of the world awaiting him on the other side of the magical barrier known as the Veil.

Summoned by the grandfather he never knew existed, Keegan must travel beyond the Veil to become the older man’s apprentice. With his grandfather, known as the Guardian, they must safeguard the barrier tethering together the worlds of science and magic. Someone – or something – is at work trying to break that barrier and bring the long separated worlds together, to subjugate the human race on both sides.

Before he can become his grandfather’s apprentice, Keegan must gain the approval of the High Council, a group of witches and wizards more interested in advancing their own agendas than in protecting their world. If he wins their approval, he must survive training under the tutelage of his grandfather’s assistant – a wizard convicted of treason some five-hundred years before and sentenced to spend all but one hour every day as a black cat.

Learning to control the power within proves harder than he thought, but when he tries to return home he learns the shocking truth – his grandfather’s enemies want Keegan dead whether he’s an apprentice or not. If he doesn’t find the inner strength to control his power, both worlds could perish as the ancient portal is unsealed and the Shadow is unleashed upon mankind.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461042712
  • Publisher: Smashwords (October 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y74HVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colorful "On Your Toes" Read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great escape! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Escape 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a 5 star book 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing adventure... 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid read February 15, 2012
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The main character is enjoyable. I'd hoped for more training related scenes but the author went from noob level to defeating wizards with years of experience. The story also seemed rushed. It is a good read and I recommend it to people who enjoy reading about wizards but I did not have enough of a connection to the characters by the end of the book to keep on reading the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars robuster 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
I loved this book. I found nothing wrong with it. I would recommend this book to 10-16year olds wanting a good book. I rated it 5 stars because it was perfect.
Published 3 months ago by Teriathia.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fantasy
I give this book a 4, almost a 4 ½, but I’m sticking with a 4.

Keegan Whitestone just found out he is descendent from wizard, which he thinks is a horrible thing, but he... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Toinette
5.0 out of 5 stars Immerse Yourself In Magic!
I thoroughly enjoyed the magical world Radcliffe created here. The characters are all unique and well developed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Darcia Helle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardians Apprentice
I really enjoyed this book. Keegan has always wanted to believe in magic. This reluctant Guardian gets his wish. But does he really want to be a Guardian....... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anita
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
If you are looking for a book that will help you relax and escape into another world while reading, then go ahead and read this one.
Published 18 months ago by carol.brasil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian's Apprentice (Beyond the Veil) J. Michael Radcliffe
The Guardian's Apprentice (Beyond the Veil) J. Michael Radcliffe

Keegan Whitestone gets a message from his grandfather who he thought was dead. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars it was what i thought it would be. keep up the good work. feel free to...
it was what i thought it would be. keep up the good work. feel free to send free samples.okay. go amazon
Published 20 months ago by larry s brannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this and will look for more by this author
Keegan Whitestone, who has lived with the normals into his 30's, is bored until one day he is called to come to the other side of the veil to help save both the normal world and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by JudyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians apprentice
wonderfully written & extremely descriptive, loved it so much I'm already starting the second book 2 the series, I can't wait to c what happens : )
Published 21 months ago by Laura Duclos
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable
Not bad. If you liked the Harry Potter series this is right up your alley. Easy read, acceptable story line and character building. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ali
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An avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels all of my life, I began writing The Guardian's Apprentice almost eight years ago. 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.theguardiansapprentice.com.


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