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The Named (The Guardians of Time) [Kindle Edition]

Marianne Curley
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Book Description

Ethan is a member of the Named, sworn to fight the Order of Chaos, an evil group determined to permanently change the course of history. But he is also a normal high school student trying desperately to keep up with his homework and fit in. When he is assigned to mentor Isabel, a cute classmate and future member of the Named, the line between his two lives begins to blur. So begins an epic quest as Ethan, Isabel, and others travel through time to battle dark forces and protect the future.

Editorial Reviews Review

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Roberts has more to worry about than his lackluster grades. As one of the Named, he is charged with secretly protecting history from the Order of Chaos--an evil group that seeks to alter the past to achieve ultimate power in the present. Ethan is given orders to train his first apprentice, 15-year-old Isabel Becket, in a few short weeks as his growing nightmares soon make it apparent that trouble is brewing on a cosmic scale. The two are helped by Arkarain--Ethan's violet-eyed, blue-haired, 600-year-old mentor--and their secret powers. Isabel is a healer. Ethan is a master of illusion. Their stories evolve in rotating chapters, each told in a similar first-person point of view that makes chapter transitions disorienting at times. But The Named is at its strongest when school and parents fade. Its imagined settings are a pleasure, from the booby-trapped catacombs that house the Prophecy that was written before time to the Citadel--a way-station to the past--with its wildly decorated rooms. Ethan and Isabel's missions to Medieval England and colonial America are also a thrill, indicating that the adventures detailed in this book are just the beginning for this duo. (Ages 10 and older) --D.J. Morel

From Publishers Weekly

Magic blooms in Angel Falls, the setting of this promising launch to Curley's (Old Magic) time travel trilogy. At the edge of a national forest, where two worlds co-exist, 16-year-old Ethan Roberts guards time or, more specifically, history ("My job is to make sure it all happens the way it's supposed to, the way it already did"). As one of the Named, a Guardian of Time, he has been doing this since age four, not long after his 10-year-old sister, Sera, was killed. Her murderer, an evil half-faced monster, Marduke, is an Order of Chaos minion who wishes to alter the past in order to change the future-and to avenge his own losses. As the novel opens, Ethan is given an Apprentice to train, 15-year-old Isabel Becket, younger sister of his ex-best friend. With the help of Arkarian, a 600-year-old Guardian who lives deep inside the mountain, Isabel quickly takes to the apprenticeship, and her power to heal strengthens. But the forces of good and evil are headed for a Final Conflict foreseen by the Prophecy found in Veridian, the ancient city hidden deep under Angel Falls. No machine is required for time travel here; a strange "sleep" is the conduit between worlds past and present. Told in convincing alternating chapters by Isabel and Ethan, the novel reveals a mystery, the clues to which unfold via the duo's trip back in time to John of Gaunt (during the reign of Richard II) and details of Sera's death. Readers will likely be swept up by the ever-growing complications and want to return for the series' next installments. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408804484
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PWMG46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzers.. I'm reading this again. June 4, 2006
By Clay
Why can't every book in this world be as exciting and suspenseful as this book!!?? It just makes me want to cry!!! I absolutely loved this book. The book is about a group of teens who try to protect the present by going through the past inorder to fend off people in an organization that tries to destroy the past. The organization tries to kill someone that would effect the present (you might recognize the people they hunt in your history books). The book juggles through two main chracters chapter by chapter. One, Ethan, who is really the the main chracter in the book tries to go after the monster that killed his sister. The other Isabel is a trainee in the guardians of time who Ethan must train. The Guardians of Time is the organization that must protect the past from the villians. Pretty much the entire book is exciting with some new event coming up what seems like every few pages as you read on. Your guranteed not to be bored with this so what are you waiting for? Tired of reading crappy boring books with no interesting plot? Buy this if you are (espicially for young adults).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians of Time January 16, 2007
Fast Paced+ Action Filled+ Phatomable Magic= Amazing, Entertaing, Quick Read.

The Named is a fun, inventive book about The Guardians of time.

The Job of the Guard is to protect the past from the Order of Chaos, who's goal is to change the past in order to gain absolute power in the futre.

Sound Confusing?

Trust me, it isn't, you get the hang of what she is saying very quickly, and the book grabs you right at the start.

So read it, i can asure you will not be disappointed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Stacy
Marianne Curley's Guardians of Time must keep the world from the control of the Order of Chaos. The Order, which is ruled by the dark goddess Chaos, uses disease and death to disturb the natural order of earth, defeating fate. Both the Named, who are the Guardians of Time, and the Order have training in the maritial arts as well as use of supernatural powers including the ability to time-travel.
At the heart of the story are Isabel and Ethan, two teenage Guardians. Ethan, a devoted Guardian, has been assigned Isabel, his ex-best friend's sister, as his apprentice. Isabel must learn to use her new powers while maintaining peace at home. Ethan also deals with resistance at home while training Isabel. It becomes the fate of Ethan and Isabel to face Marduke of the Order of Chaos who murdered Ethan's sister twelve years before.
Isabel and Ethan are well developed characters and The Named is an interesting read. However, the antagonist, Marduke, a demon with only half a face, is too cartoonish a fiend to be believable even in fantasy. The rules of time are also confusing. When Isabel and Ethan time travel, their souls are only away from their bodies for mere minutes, keeping their parents from suspecting that something is wrong, even when the mission takes days. Yet Isabel and Ethan learn their missions days before acting on them. If time moves more quickly in the past, the Order would have plenty of time to complete their tasks before the Guardians would even know to step in.
Though the book is far from flawless, the problems of "The Named" are minor, and the novel will appeal to preteen and teenage fans of fantasy and supernatural fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel Made Exciting February 28, 2007
When Ethan was only 4 he witnessed the brutal murder of his sister at the hands of a monster. Shortly after this he was shown his destiny as one of the Named, a guardian of time, charged with the task of controlling chaos and ensuring the correct continuation of the time line. At 16, Ethan has already lived countless adventures, tutored and mentored by the 600 year old Arkarian. Now things are about to change, Ethan has been charged with an apprentice of his own, Isabel the younger sister of his former best friend. Soon it is apparent that the time is drawing near for a final showdown between the Guardians of Time and the Order of Chaos. Will Ethan, Isabel and the rest of The Named be strong enough to overcome the ultimate evil?

I first read this story about one year ago. It was such an exciting adventure I poured through the book as fast as I could just to get to the end and find out what would happen next. Now that I've had a chance to re-read the story I found it even more interesting the second time around. Thankfully this time I was able to read at a more patient pace and was able to soak up more of the details. This is a wonderful, orginal tale of time travel, fantasy, friendship and family. I would highly recommend this story, but make sure you have access to the second book, The Dark, because as good as it is, it will leave you wanting more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read, (12/6/02) December 6, 2002
A Kid's Review
Up to this point, I hadn't even heard of Marianne Curley, or any of her books. But recently my History teacher bought in 'The Named' for reading groups, and I immediately found myself hooked. Time travel into the past to save the future, secret societies and magic powers, who wouldn't be? This is an excellent read, with plenty of good suspense, humor, and reality inside the human mind. The characters came to life, and now I can't wait to find the next book in the trilogy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a breath of fresh air! August 13, 2007
Marianne Curleys trilogy is a wonderful breath of fresh air in an over-crowded science fiction and fantasy world of Tolkien copycats and Harry Potter wannabees. Her books are completely original and innovative, all told through a real time first person narrative. I highly reccomend these books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best books EVER!!! Inifinity amount of stars is not enough for this...
By far the greatest series I have ever read!! I read The Guardians of Time trilogy at LEAST once a year. Most of the time it's twice a year. I will never get bored of these books! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Name
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD!
This book is amazing and it came really fast in the mail. A great read!! Must read the whole series, its great!
Published 6 months ago by Taylorv915
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I started reading this book series and completed it in middle school a long time ago. These books are inspiring to the young people it's aimed at to always follow your heart and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by nick
4.0 out of 5 stars The Named
Nathan & Isabel very interesting pair, the ability to change history, even more interesting. The chemistry between Nathan & Isabel will keep you reading. I enjoyed reading this.
Published 12 months ago by Katrina Coulsell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Named
First off, I will be getting the next book in the series. The book left me wanting to know what ends up happening with these characters.
Problems I had with the book:
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Published 12 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I love reading this book! It is fantastic every time. I finally got the chance to buy it and Amazon was awesome with it. It even arrived a day earlier than they said it would. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow.
Oh, another book review. This book, I have to admit, was quite impressive. Curley did great on this one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brina Faire
5.0 out of 5 stars Love time travel? You'll love this book!
Read this book a LONG time ago and since it was a kindle daily deal I scooped it up fast! Time travel is one of my favorite things to read about. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Scanlon
3.0 out of 5 stars not fantastic
I just got done reading Brandon mulls books. He has humor and detail. Skipping to this book straight into serious and it hops all over the place
Published on May 18, 2012 by Jaywalker333
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice buy
Like the titles says, its a nice buy, book comes in brand new. the pages are even crisp and u gotta get the pages used to opening. Great series too.
Published on September 29, 2011 by J. Abad
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