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Chataine's Guardian (Annals of Lystra Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I could spend hours detailing why you should read this book, but it all boils down to the epic story: forbidden (true) love, revenge, murder, adventure, redemption, forgiveness, heroes, princesses, castles, it's all here! Robin Hardy is a master storyteller- it's like she's painting this incredible picture in your mind. You will not be able to put this book down. You'll be swept away on a huge adventure. I've read this series at least 10 times and never get tired of it.
Deidre is appointed a guardian after there have been threats on her life (she is the only heir). She is appointed a guardian- a soldier to guard her, Roman. He will be flogged if she hurts herself and die if she dies. This story take place over several years as Deidre is growing up. And one then one day..."sigh" (so good!) and then the story continues in other books and they're amazing.
The relationship between the (at first) immature and headstrong Deirdre and the ever restrained Roman is tense from the beginning. We see their relationship grow - as Deirdre ages from a girl to a young woman and has to choose a husband (among a myriad of well-to-do suitors). All this happens in a story line where bits and pieces of family secrets, political and romantic intrigue and news of an impending war are uncovered.
We realize in the end that the book is told on several levels. It is a romance as it concerns Deirdre and Roman, but, written from a Christian perspective, it is also as much about the evolution of Roman's and Deirdre's relationship to their God.
Chataine's Guardian is a tale spun out of forbidden romance, mystery and an interesting rendering of the various forms of love - from infatuation and romantic love to paternal love to God's love.
Though I am no longer at the age for which the book is likely targeted, I am delighted to have found Robin Hardy's book and only wished I had discovered it earlier.
Robin's books have encouraged my cousin and me to continue in our own writing endeavors, and remind us that it's God that gives us the ability to do so. Her books are more than just stories to me--they're revelations of her heart, and encouragements to all who read them.