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The Guardian's Wyrd (The Gatekeeper Cycle) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 30, 2014
About the Author
An editor and multi-published author, Nerine Dorman currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers for whom she has edited works include Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). Her fiction sales include works to Dark Continents Publishing, Wordsmack, Tor Books, Apex Publishing and Immanion Press. She has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, independent filmmaking, print production management and advertising. Her book reviews, as well as travel, entertainment and lifestyle editorial regularly appear in national newspapers and online. A few of her interests include music, travel, history, Egypt, art, photography, psychology, philosophy, magic and the natural world. She is the editor of the Bloody Parchment anthologies, Volume One; Hidden Things, Lost Things and Other Stories; and The Root Cellar and Other Stories. In addition, she also organises the annual Bloody Parchment event in conjunction with the South African HorrorFest. She is also a founding member and co-ordinator for the Adamastor Writers’ Guild; edits The Egyptian Society of South Africa’s quarterly newsletter, SHEMU; and from time to time assists on set with the award-winning BlackMilk Productions.
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Told in first person from Jay’s point of view, the story starts slowly, with a generous amount of page space given to Jay’s internal musings and misgivings. Once Jay and his new friend Rowan reach Sunthyst, however, the pace picks up dramatically, with plenty of nail-biting tension and heart-racing action, leavened with just the right amount of humour, to keep hold of the target audience’s attention.
The story begins with Jason September- a loner who would rather be playing music or spending time with his dog Shadow than most anything else- defending the new kid at school from bullies. But Rowan, the new kid, turns out to be much more than Jason ever could have expected- like royalty from a land where fantasy is reality and Rowan could be in very real danger. Jason also discovers that he, himself, may be much more than he ever could have imagined. There are as many twists and turns in this story as there are in the tunnel they must make their way through to get to Sunthyst, and they’re all enjoyable to discover. And this 50 year old bibliophile is definitely looking forward to seeing more of Jason and Rowan, and how they deal with the futures ahead of them.
Jason (Jay) September is your average teenager-well, average South African magical teenager, that is. He doesn't know it, of course, until he meets Rowan, the home schooler turned newbie at Bergendal Private School. Jay is used to be the outcast: listens to music and doesn't participate in all the cool activities and often finds himself wandering in his mind to the otherwhere, a place where his mind drifts and really where his powers resonate from (what we would think of as day dreaming). What Jay doesn't know, is that this new friendship he forged with Rowan is much more that what he can see.
I liked this book in its simplicity, but there were some things . It was a little too quick to get into, as in, no buildup, so I didn't care for that too much. Plus, although he is a 15 year old boy, I have read other novels and even short stories, where the teen doesn't sound nearly as young? I guess the character's voice was almost grating on my nerves. The story just felt really rushed which kind of detracts from, well, the story. Which is, I think, unfortunate because the story itself was actually quite good once they were in Sunthyst. The action was played out really well, and I think it would be a great beginning to a series.
All in all, definitely a good read for YA audiences.
*An EPUB file of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.