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Book 2: The Harbinger
Book 3: The Meridian
Book 4: The Imposition
Book 5: The Revenant
Book 3: Seduction of Darkness
Book 4: Kiss of Fate
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- File Size : 812 KB
- Publication Date : July 15, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01HTYQ2BK
- Print Length : 246 pages
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Dark Arrow Publishing; 2nd Edition (July 15, 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,577 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book switches from first person POV told through Rhiannon's eyes to third person told from Kellen's perspective. The transitions were handled very well, very smooth. There was never any doubt whose perspective we were seeing. I've read other books where this practice was a total disaster, so kudos to Ms. Landis for handling it well. There was a good deal of telling rather than showing. Instead of telling me that Rhiannon's house was a good home, show me how and why it is, There were a lot of redundancies. The first chapter spent a lot of space rehashing the prologue. The prologue was not needed - it simply could've been part of chapter 1. Kellen and Seasnan were best friends, but the only way we know that is because the story says so. You would never guess it from their relationship. It is one of envy and fierce competition, and Seasnach slept with the girl that had stolen Kellen's heart before he met Rhiannon. Kellen is always suspicious of him and never happy to see him. This is not how best friends treat each other. I thought Kellen was a bit of a Marty Stu. Things were too easy for him. He breezes into town and is instantly loved by everyone. When he fights the demons, he defeats them with ease. I don't care how good a fighter you are, if you take on multiple demons at once, you're going to at least come out of it with a bruise, scratch, bloody nose, something. He had no faults at all and no real challenges. For a story billed as fantasy with demon fighting and intrigue, 90% was Kellen and Rhiannon longing for each other, and much of that was within a high school setting. This story needs to be billed more as a YA romance than as a fantasy. Yes, there are fantasy elements in it, but calling this a fantasy is like calling Twilight a horror story just because it has vampires in it.
Like I said, I don't care for romances, and I have no interest in YA. Those that do like those genres will probably enjoy this book. Genre preferences aside, I think it needs some polishing.
This pulled me right into the story and left me wanting more......that's always a good feeling! I'm glad I'm on vacation so I can go binge on the next one now......gotta see what happens to Rhiannon next!! Whispers.....and her sexy Guardian!
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I had had The Guardian on my Kindle for a really long time…long enough that the version I had was out of date (oops) Nikki had since updated it with new content so that it was a longer book, she very kindly sent me the newer version so that I didn’t have to buy it again.
The Guardian is about Rhiannon, the chosen one, brought up in the human world and unaware of her destiny or her supernatural heritage. Kellen is The Guardian sent to protect her and help her adjust as she comes into her powers and learns what she is destined for.
I can’t compare this to other Nikki Landis books I’ve read because it’s clear that as a writer she’s moved into different territory than where she started. This book was a YA paranormal romance, with no sex and very morally astute characters…which I guess fits with their angelic ties.
This was far more slow burn even at YA standards than I prefer, but that’s not a bad thing I’m just a fiend who likes a lot of action in my romance novels!
The paranormal aspects are fantastic, I love how the story is carefully built up and not too much is introduced but just enough to get you engaged and interested in what is happening. I’m keen to know where this is going in the coming books.
Rhiannon was a little too likeable for me, I know I know how can someone be too likeable. Remember I like bad girls, I like my leading ladies to have a pair of balls on them. Rhiannon was too easily appeased there were several moments through the book where she should have been throwing plates and spitting venom and she just calmly understood, seeing the bigger picture. Nah, sorry, but I like a few venomous fights! I felt by the end of the book she was starting to find a little more grit so I think as the series continues this is an aspect of her character she will grow into and I will feel less frustrated by.
Kellen is a little sappy for a big strong years old Guardian warrior. He really does act like a 15-year-old who has never seen a pretty girl before. I would have preferred him to be a little more alpha. But I did like him, and I loved his story and feel like there is a lot more to his story that we have yet to learn. I’m also looking forward to seeing him kick some more demon backside.
It is also in this book that we get our first glimpse of one of my favourite of Nikki’s characters Jarrod (assuming you are reading in the right order unlike me)…it’s a bit part but I have a big thing for Jarrod and was so happy to see him appear in a few scenes.
Overall, a solid YA Paranormal Romance which I think will graduate into NA as the series progresses. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting my teeth into books 2,3,4 etc because I can see this is going to be a series I’m going to be completely invested in.
I did think that there could have been less preamble and more fantasy but its pace was reasonable and the writing good.
Certainly for a teenage readership and worth a look for those who enjoy YA fantasy romance.