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Guardian Angel (Guild of Sevens Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story arc in Guardian Angel is improved. Volume 1 hit a bit of a patch when the original conflict, Joss finding his place in the world given his powers, suddenly gave way to something more tangible. In Volume 2 the conflict carries from start to finish, with the action and tension rising.
A harder aspect of Volume 2 is navigating the relationship between Joss and his parents. I believe the vast majority of hero authors avoid this by orphaning the hero. Disney is famous for killing off Dad. Your Marvel and DC heroes are usually orphaned. Even going back to the Chronicles of Narnia (the children are sent away to the countryside), and Lord of the Rings (Frodo is Bilbo's nephew, not son), and on and on, how do you include a parent when every good parent tries to stop their kid from putting himself or herself in harm's way? It's difficult. Volume 1 could avoid this, volume 2 could not. But rather than kill off the parents, j. philip horne plows into the moral difficulties.
And that was difficult. But there is an aspect to both these books that at least takes a few moments to view real moral issues in the context of the hero plot. And of course the question of how we navigate our relationship with our children, as they grow in independence and ability, is very real. Don't worry -- the book won't get mired down in it ... it's a fun read with a few quick moral dives -- for parents and kids. And I'm very happy that my son enjoys these books!
There was so much tension between characters (family and friendly relationships!) and tension with finding out what the one dad was really up to (is he part of a criminal organization? A spy? Someone who hunts Sevens?). There was danger (yay!) and injuries (that healed) and silver bullets (uh, oh!). Joss struggled to know his role as a possible superhero, as a son who is stronger than his parents, and as a friend.
I still think telekinesis shouldn't be one of the powers. The "moving really fast" power probably shouldn't be, either, but at least both take a lot of energy.
I was really pleased with the moral complexity of the book, in particular. A lot of good questions are raised that reveal real-life struggles that result in some great introspection on the part of the protagonist and some intriguing relational tension with the other characters. The action-packed hero plot grabs your attention from the beginning, but the character development keeps the action interesting and even more engaging. Looking forward to the next book!