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The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Cathedral of Cliffdale is written in third person, with alternating viewpoints. As such, the reader is treated to the unique lives of a host of other characters in this fantasy world. Despite this, and because the tales of these characters intertwine, the plot does not stray too far from Quinn and her journey (so as to be distracting and cumbersome), but rather have the effect of broadening the readers exposure to this magical world and its creatures.
I found The Cathedral of Cliffdale to be a pleasant read; all in all, a captivating story, and once I got going, I couldn't stop. (There were two late nights, and a lot of: surely it can't be that time already?) If fantasy is your thing, The Cathedral of Cliffdale is sure to be value for your money. And, with the prospect of a series, a lot more awesomeness to come!
However I was quickly surprised at how much I loved it! Loved how the characters (all unique) developed and how their stories, almost teasingly (is that a word?) unravelled. Cannot wait for the next book! I would highly recommend this book.
This book is an combination of contemporary earth, fantasy, paranormal and romance pulled together in a way I can totally believe. The "worlds" and characters are vivid and complex. Our heroine, Quinn, has to make difficult choices that affect not only her life but her sister's children, the Guardians and the creatures they are charged to protect. I don't usually like vampires, but Melissa has found a way with Drake that I can't wait to see more of. Talk about a character with conflicting feelings and interests!
I received a free reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are genuinely my own. I highly recommend this book. And now I'm buying the others in the series.
One of the legendary Guardians, Avery, was killed during a mission and no replacement for her position has come forward, the first time in the order's long history. Quinn leaves the warss behind to look after her sister's two children. She soon becomes embroiled in a rip-roaring journey and is forced to choose between family and those she is sworn to protect.
With two Guardians missing, the defence of Summerfeld is weakened and only by uniting their strength can they hope to save those within its magical protection.
It's an awesome read! It might be a bit slow to start, but definitely one to stick with. The cliff-hanger ending will have you downloading book 2 as soon as you've finished with this one. In fact, do yourself a favour and just download both of them so there is no pause inbetween. You WON'T regret it!
I really liked the concept of the human guardians, and the many mythical creatures they protect. I am not generally a fan of vampire stories, but it was quite interesting how they fitted into this story. They were cast as the main villains, but there are some vampires that don't seem to want to be a part of the evil plan to kill all the other mythical creatures.
It was also a refreshing change to have the story set in modern time in the real world as well as in a secret fantasy world. The description of Summerfeld was very vivid, that is something I love about fantasy novels. They let you exercise your imagination, you can paint any mental pictures you like.
The main characters were very intriguing. Quinn is a courageous and resourceful woman, but she also has a strong sense of what is right. She has a tough choice to make and a lot of people are trying very hard to prevent her from having any choice but that of following her primary duty as a guardian. However, she persists in her plan due to her sense of duty to her sister and her sister’s children.
I also found the vampire Drake to be quite fascinating. Although he kills to live, he has loved and lost a human girl, and he has a more peaceful nature than other vampires. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between him and Quinn plays out, and how Tristan will fit into all of this.
I didn’t find the gypsy characters or their backstory quite as interesting, but there is the meeting between one of the gypsies and the new guardian Monique that promises some future excitement.
I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, and look forward to seeing what awaits Quinn and the rest of the guardians.
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