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Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands) Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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Grades 10 Up—In this second installment (Skyscape, 2013) of the "Guards of the Shadowlands" series, Lela and Malachi are thrust back into the land of the living to protect Earth from the Mazikin, demon creatures who take over the bodies of the living. Once captured by a Mazikin, the host's soul is held captive in a place far worse than hell itself. Things begin to look up when Lela finds the Mazikin nest. She is about to destroy it when a familiar face takes on the likeness of a Mazikin: her mother. Strong language and descriptive violence make this title more suitable for older listeners. Amy McFadden returns to voice Lela's plight as she brings down the Mazikin and expertly articulates Malachi's strong European accent. Fine's knowledge of Rhode Island is evident; the geography of the tiny state is imprinted on the listener. Purchase where Sanctum was popular.—Amanda Schiavulli, Finger Lakes Library System, NY --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
High stakes and heart-pounding action continue in this satisfying sequel to Sanctum (2012). Tough, determined Lela Santos, now returned to earth, is charged with the mission of eliminating soul-stealing Mazikin who seeped out of the dark crevices of the afterlife. In a reversal of roles, Lela is named captain, with Malachi as her lieutenant. When the Mazikin threaten friends, family, and loved ones, Lela’s emotions, loyalty, and leadership are tested at every turn. The on-target narrative deftly balances her street-sharpened edginess with her blossoming self-respect while she embraces a newfound acceptance by her classmates, as well as an awakening sexuality. Grades 8-11. --Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Top customer reviews
Sarah Fine has done it again in this thrilling, heart pounding, darkly dangerous, but oh so amazing adventure, that took me on a ride of ups and downs. FRACTURED was brilliant, absolutely brilliant!!!! Though, I did find myself screaming at some points of the book, saying "NO, what is wrong with you" on more then one occasion. But overall, it was exhilarating.
I absolutely loved being back into this world with the awesome characters that I fell madly in love with in book one, SANCTUM. I quickly got back into the motion and became addicted all over again. Every free chance I had, I was reading FRACTURED. And every time I wasn't, I was thinking about it. I just wanted to get lost within the story, and relive this terrifyingly amazing adventure until the very end.
The writing, as always is smooth and detailed. The world building was dark and developed. The characters were strong and determined. Though I did have some qualms about some of the issues between Lela and Malachi. But by the end, I made my peace with it and thought it was actually a healthy stresser for their relationship. I won't say what or why, but it was HUGE, and had me distraught for a good part of the book! No spoiler here! ;)
The Mazikin, the animal-like monsters have been locked in their hellish realm for as long as anyone can remember. But for decades, they've found their way into the Dark Suicide City. But now they've taken the next step, and walk among the living!! They've manged to break through the barrier between the living and dead, and are possessing the bodies of humans and sending their souls forever to be cursed in their hellish realm for all eternity. But that's not all, humans are missing, humans are dying, humans are changing, and the Mazikin are determined not to stop until every last human body is claimed, and their souls sent to be cursed in their hellish realm, and they're just getting started...
Lela has returned from her time in the Dark City, she has sacrificed many things for the ones she loves, and now she is paying her debut. In exchange for freeing her best friends soul into a peaceful afterlife, Lela has sold her soul to the devil. As part of the agreement, Lela is now captain of the guard that will run the mission in the land of the living to locate and eliminate the Mazikin before they get out of control. But with Malachi, her trusty, and crazy sexy lenient by her sided, how could things go wrong?? Well Lela is just about to find out how wrong things can really get.
Under strict orders, Lela is to resume her life before she died. That means going back to the high school where all her memories and heartache lies. But Lela is determined to find the Mazikin and complete her mission before it's to late. The deeper she gets, the more she realizes that her and Malachi have their work cut out for them. But then two other guards are sent to assist with the Mazikin removal, but one of them seems to be more trouble then he's really worth. But with the Mazikin getting closer, and more bolder with every passing day, they're going to need all the help they can get.
All the death and stress has taken it's toll on both Lela and Malachi, and they're relationship is on thin ice. And the Mazikin's numbers are growing, and they're getting smarter, and are starting to toy with them. But that only adds more strain on an already fragile relationship. With all the anguish and distress, Lela and Malachi will have to determine what is really worth fighting for, and what is better if let go...
It's all coming to a head, and Lela, Malachi, and the rest of their team will have to put they're differences aside and work together if they have any chance of surviving and saving the land of the living from the deadly monsters. Because the Mazikin are closer then ever to completely breaking through the barrier of their realm, and claiming the land of the living as they're own. But Lela and Malachi are willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Mazikin once and for all. Even if they must sacrifice themselves to do it.
I really enjoyed this second installment of the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved getting back into this terrifying, yet addicting world. But I did not however, love it as much as the first book. The first book blew my out of the water. This one, not so much so. But I think that had a lot to do with the ongoing conflict between Lela and Malachi. I love them both so much, but to watch them struggle and be so cold and distant towards each other was just heartbreaking, and totally not what I wanted in this book. But, after long hours of thought, I now think in a way, it was a positive thing for their relationship, and it helped them grow on their own to see what they both really wanted out of life.
Overall, FRACTURED was a great follow up to SANCTUM. Besides the struggle I had with Lela and Malachi's relationship, it was AMAZING, just as I predicted it would be. I've been debating on finally reading the last book, CHAOS, but I've been putting it off because I'm not ready for this series to end yet. Through it's KILLING me not to read it. Especially with that killer ending that shattered my heart to pieces!! ;)
My favorite thing about this book was the author's willingness to sacrifice characters to push the story along. So often in series, the author does not want to sacrifice any characters to move the story along, even when it is necessary. In this one, there are some painful sacrifices that are made, but each one is important.
I also enjoyed the development of Lela and Malachi with other people. In the first book, for me, the relationship between the two of them was the most developed. While there are developments on that in this book as well, the author used this book as an opportunity to develop Lela and Malachi as separate entities, pushing them to exist with other people. I appreciated that and was glad that there was some separation between the two characters.
Of course, Lela still makes some crazy rash decisions, as she did in the first book, disregarding what others say and running on her emotions alone. As with the first book, I found this mildly annoying, but I think it is true to the nature of being a teenager to be so impulsive.
Overall, I thought this story was a good second installment. I am looking forward to reading the next book. If you are interested in YA, this is a good series to pick up, but I wouldn't recommend reading this one without reading the first as that would probably be confusing. There were things I didn't remember about the first one that would have helped in reading this one.