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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!
The Cathedral of Cliffdale by Melissa Delport is the first in a new paranormal series that reminds me a lot of Anne Bishop’s series The Others. In Delport’s Guardians of Summerfeld, a Guardian is dead and for the first time in a millennium a replacement hasn’t come forward. Quinn Harden is the twin sister of the dead Guardian and feeling a responsibility to her niece and nephew, she leaves her post as a Guardian to raise them. But it’s never that simple. A Guardian cannot leave her post without repercussions and now her niece and nephew are gone. Quinn will stop at nothing to find them.
Quinn is an easy character to love. She’s fiercely loyal, a determined and natural leader, and loves with her whole being. She’s never questioned her calling as a Guardian until her sister dies and leaves two children to raise. Not wanting them to have the same life she had living in the confines of Summerfeld, she leaves the fold to raise them in the realm of man. She refuses to return and denies an important part of herself that yearns for her wards to care for the children. She uses her grief and hatred of their father as an excuse until that no longer stands as a reason. When the Guardians take the children against Quinn’s will, she vows to get them back and promises her sister’s missing crystal in return.
Quinn isn’t the only character though and for once I loved the omniscient 3rd person POV that Melissa Delport introduces in this series. I’m not usually a fan of this type of POV. I’d rather the story be told from one perspective or flip between the two main characters, BUT it really works for this book/series. I enjoyed knowing what the other characters were thinking, what drove them and their actions, and it flowed naturally. While Quinn is the main focus as the death of her sister is the catalyst for the events in the book, I loved the other characters and found myself drawn to them and their story.
Drake is perhaps my favorite character next to Quinn. He is a vampire and has been living since the Blood Wars. He is peaceful, not participating in the vampires quest for Summerfeld. While he is vicious and a tad scary, I think he’s a big softy, especially where Quinn is concerned. I found it intriguing and cannot wait to find out more about him and his life in the next books of the series.
The world-building in this book is the biggest draw for me. as much as I love the characters, it’s their world that I love most. Delport has created an amazing paranormal world that exists within our own. Vampires walk among us while the inhabitants of Summerfeld are hidden by the magic of the Fae. There are creatures ranging from unicorns to dragons to werewolves and Fae. If it’s paranormal, it’s in this book! There are gypsies like you’ve never seen them before and ordinary humans caught in the midst. Like I already mentioned, reminiscent to Bishop’s The Others but wholly unique in its execution.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. Once I started it, I found every reason I could think of not to sit it down. And when I finished it….let’s just say I’ve bought the rest of the series to read. If you enjoy paranormal, urban fantasy, and a tiny touch of romance, I highly recommend you pick up a copy ASAP! You won’t be disappointed.
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.
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!
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