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The Phoenix Guardian [Kindle Edition]

Steven Thorn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On the planet Mithris, humanity is caught in a terrible war...and the gods don’t care.

Serena is an eighteen year-old girl who doesn’t care about the gods. She just wants to be left alone.

Unfortunately for Serena, a strange girl named Natalie Bliss falls out of the sky with an urgent mission: Serena must help her stop the war and save the world.

Natalie claims to have been sent by the Pantheon (the deities who run the universe) to confront the negligent gods of Mithris. The gods need to intervene before mankind destroys itself—and Serena has a vital role in Natalie’s plan.

Serena is thrust into a supernatural world that she never believed in, and she demands to know why she was chosen. Natalie won’t tell her—yet. When the truth is revealed, Serena must choose between walking away...or uniting her fate with the survival of mankind.

As the girls get closer to the Tower of the Gods, they face terrifying assassins, raging infernos, and falling bombs. Secrets surround them as Serena tries to discover her true identity—and unravel the mystery of the red-haired girl who carries a magical umbrella.

The girls hope that the gods will answer their plea for help, but they may already be too late. Betrayal stalks among the gods of Mithris, and the traitor has dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

The clock is ticking for Serena and Natalie—and for the world itself.


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About the Author

Steven Thorn was born in Virginia, U.S.A. He and his brother were homeschooled through high school by their mother, a former public school teacher in California and Florida. Steven studied Professional Writing and Classics at the University of Oklahoma, his dad's alma mater. He enjoys learning about history, mythology, and religion. His other pursuits include playing the guitar, watching football, working in sports broadcasting, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PAFNYQ
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a Book Worm May 31, 2012
By Chloe
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Phoenix Guardian. The story drew me in from the start. I found the plot to be more fast-paced than some of the more traditional fantasy novels I've read (which is great for young adults), and yet sometimes just as deep, which in my opinion is a key element of a good story.

Most of the characters were well developed, especially Natalie Bliss, the Phoenix Guardian. Natalie was an intriguing character, and I hope to learn more about her in the sequel. As for the other main character, Serena, in the very beginning I didn't identify well with her character. However, she quickly grew on me, and soon I liked her and identified with her quite well. That was one of the things that made her character complex, that she wasn't static. You could see her character develop as she learned more.

Overall, I gave this book five stars for a first novel. It was entertaining, sometimes funny, and sometimes moving (I may or may not have teared up a bit in some parts...) and overall enjoyable. Steven Thorn's writing shows lots of promise, and I look forward to reading more as his career develops. This book comes highly recommended to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and enjoyable YA Fantasy May 23, 2012
By Alyssa
Format:Kindle Edition
In his first novel, Steven Thorn displays his knack for painting a vivid picture in the reader's mind. I appreciate the care he takes in describing things both large (settings, battles) and small in scope (characters' expressions, minute details of clothes, etc.).

The relationship between the main characters, Serena and Natalie, is interesting because it provides for a natural, compelling way for Serena to experience character growth- to open up to others and become more mature. This story is very character-driven--which I love-- but doesn't shy away from action sequences (which are well-written and exciting).

Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Some of the most effective scenes are the ones that include the Dark Angels- truly frightening creatures that hunt our heroines.

A note: Chapter 7: A Vacation to the Country displays Thorn's mastery of character and emotion especially well. In a single chapter, Thorn draws the reader into the relationship between a boy and his mother- so much so, in fact, that I was in tears at the chapter's end. That is some powerful storytelling!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Intriguing April 30, 2012
By byrdman
Format:Kindle Edition
As my friends know, I can be a very harsh critic when the mood strikes me. I am easily annoyed by the frequent predictability of plot structures and by a lack of imaginative description. Thorn's "The Phoenix Guardian" had neither of these issues. I was very satisfied with the work's storyline- there was both character development and intricate side-plots. Thorn was able to create pathos for each of the characters that were introduced, making each of them seem to be a real individual instead of just a flat and static addition. Additionally, I was pleased by Thorn's use of creative description. As I read through this novel, I felt at times that I wasn't so much reading the words as I was watching the events unfold in my imagination. His control of words produces vivid pictures, and is also helpful in expressing his own subtle sense of humor.
My only complaint is that the conclusion of the book was a bit too short. It seemed to be compacted for the sake of reducing the overall length of the book. This does not detract at all from the thrill of the end of the story, as it was still quite enjoyable.

Summary of my review: Bought it. Read it. Enjoyed it. I recommend this book to anyone who is uncertain about purchasing it. The price is minimal, and it does not take a long time to read through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Good Yarn May 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
Most books today appeal to our lower sensibilities, and therefore our wallets. "Oh! You mean a book about the supernatural and the superficial will net us quite a few clams? Let's write it!" Mr. Thorn's is not such a book. Rather, he replaces sentimentality with a feeling of genuine humanity, even for the gods. And that's his achievement in this novel. Every character, and I mean every character, comes with a level of complexity that captures our interest and makes them worth reading about. Aside from that, it's also a ripping good yarn. Jolly good show, Mr. Thorn. We expect much of you, and may all your trips to Oxford be as fruitful as that of "The Rose".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat rough YA fantasy June 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The concepts underlying the universe of the novel are unique and very interesting. However, the plot was predictable, the characters were one-dimensional and not terribly likeable, and the writing was somewhat juvenile. That all said, I enjoyed it as a quick read and I'm sure most young adults and not a few adults would enjoy this fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mix of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Steven Thorn was able to craft a brilliant universe full of both magic and mythology. As a huge fan of the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series, I can honestly say this is one of the best young adult fantasy novels I have read.

With plenty of humor, tragedy, drama, and suspense, this book will be hard to put down.

The one thing I liked the most that was different than all the other books in this genre was the attitude of the main character. In Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and most other similar titles, the main character is always so willing and accepting of their supernatural abilities and responsibilities. Not Serena. She tries as hard as possible to deny her real life and run away from it. That makes her seem more real and relatable than other characters in similar books.

Overall, I am incredibly pleased with this book and am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
adventurous, humorous, and tinged with a bit of sadness. this story was a liite confusing and still left me with questions, but still a fun read.
Published 17 months ago by cakemissy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenix Guardian
Enjoyed every miniute of reading The Phoenix Guardian! I found myself right there with every adventure and couldn't wait to see what the next hurdle for the duo to overcome would... Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start
Though it has it flaws, The Phoenix Guardian ultimately proves to be a truly engaging read. Interesting characters and a beautifully created world help the plot really take... Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great read! Highly recommended.
I originally got this to support the author, who I've known for several years. In all honesty, it sat unread on my Kindle for weeks until I finally got around to reading it. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Christina Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book
An enchantingly tear-eliciting piece of art. The mellifluous emotions of the charming, eccentric, and innocent Natalie Bliss -- The Phoenix Guardian-- unffeteredly flutter from... Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by The Ranger of Dol Amroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Thorn is awesome.
Steven - this book was a very enjoyable read. When do I get the sequel? I was left wishing for more!
Published on June 7, 2012 by xXClockwork
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best!
I purchased The Phoenix Guardian because I am friends with the author. I respect his intellect and his dedication to all that he does, and besides, I had a three-day weekend with a... Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by tdb24
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Must-Read!
Phoenix Guardian is an exciting and well-plotted novel that demonstrates Steven Thorn's impressive talent for storytelling. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by LouLou
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Steven Thorn was born in Virginia, U.S.A. He and his brother were homeschooled through high school by their mother, a former public school teacher in California and Florida.
Steven studied Professional Writing and Classics at the University of Oklahoma, his dad's alma mater. Steven enjoys learning about history, mythology, and religion. His other pursuits include playing the guitar, watching football, working in sports broadcasting, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

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