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Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1) by [Smythe, Vanna]
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Books by Vanna Smythe:

Anniversary of the Veil, a completed Fantasy Trilogy:

Book 1 = Protector (A Permanently Free Book)
Book 2 = Decision Maker -- Available Now
Book 3 = Forever Husband - Available Now

Progeny of Time YA Dystopian Series:

Book 1 = The Grower's Gift-- Available Now
Book 2 = Sanctuary -- Release date set for October 2014
Book 3 = The Destroyer's Dream -- Release date set for December 2014.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1763 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SBV Publishing (January 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J6DN2A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That this is a first novel by Vanna Smythe is wonderful surprise. She not only tells a great story with characters and she also brings her world to life. The developing relationship between Issi and Kae is brought on steadily and at a pace that fits well with the story -the author expresses the character feelings very well. This book has certainly left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment eagerly.
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Indie books are often hit-or-miss, but judging by author Vanna Smythe's solid writing, you would never know that Protector falls in this category. This first installment in the Anniversary of the Veil series does a great job transporting us into its world and introducing us to the key players. It has great world-building, action, love, magic... what more could you want?

Almost a thousand years ago, the world of Protector was split in two by a magical barrier called the Veil. On the Venerated side of the Veil, people with the Life Force thrive; on the other side, anyone who displays magical inclinations is enslaved by the Priests (descendants of the Righteous). Now, as the Anniversary of the Veil approaches, a sacrifice needs to be made to keep the barrier in place. The descendants of the Venerated are already preparing for the event by gathering the people needed. On the other side of the Veil, most of this knowledge has been lost or kept hidden by the Priests.

Meanwhile, on the Righteous side, Princess Issiyanna is seemingly contacted by her mother who has been dead for years. Her Protector, Kiyarran, a young man showing lots of promise both with weapons and with the Life Force, is struggling to find a balance between his duties and the feelings he has for his charge. When Issa is kidnapped by a group sent from the other side of the Veil, Kae will find out just how far he is willing to go to get her back.

The story is skilfully written, and the characters believable. They all have distinct voices and most of them avoid being one-dimensional. Some fantasy writers have trouble finding balance in their descriptions - some get lost in the details, while others don't tell us enough.
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I met Vanna Smythe on this magical internet thingy. She was asking if anyone wanted to review her book for a book tour. It was called Protector and had a kick-ass cover, so I contacted Vanna. She was kind enough to provide me with a review copy in return for an honest review. I love it when that happens!
I must admit, while reading the Prologue, I was thinking I was totally lost. There is tons of information and characters thrown at the reader. I just kept going though because the writing was excellent. I am so glad that I did!

The author, Vanna Smythe, has a wonderful way of weaving her words into a story. The imagery and world building were stellar. The characters were believable and I could relate to their emotions. Kae is such an amazing character. I really felt empathy for him as he went through his struggles. And Issa was such a contrast of vulnerability and strength.

Protector is a book that actually requires some skills to keep up with all of the characters. At times, it seems confusing, but just go with it because as miniscule as a character may seem, they will serve a purpose. I love it when that happens!

In my opinion, Vanna Smythe has proven she is an excellent writer. Protector is the proof of that.

4 stars to Protector.
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Ms. Smythe gave me a copy of Protector at my request for research purposes, since I agreed to interview her for my blog. I have since purchased a copy of the book. I have not received any considerations in exchange for the following review.

I must admit at the outset that while I was intrigued by the novel's prologue, in which a barrier intended to separate two factions (the Righteous and the Venerated) and prevent a mage war between them, by the fifth chapter I was ready to give up on Protector because the characters did not interest me. Issa is yet another princess rebelling at an arranged marriage. Kae is yet another preternaturally talented young man with a destiny. I've seen these characters before, particularly in the late Sara Douglass' Axis Trilogy (BattleAxe, Enchanter, and StarMan).

However, I continued reading, determined to give Ms. Smythe a fair shake. While her characters get relatively little development in this first volume of The Anniversary of the Veil, her simple prose, interesting magic system, and fly-on-the-wall accounts of priestly shenanigans make the novel a solid effort. I hope Ms. Smythe gives her characters more room to grow in the next part, Decision Maker.

Like another reviewer, I would have preferred to give 3.5 stars. I'm giving four rather than three stars to offset the fact that I'm a snob.
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Our journey in this story his with Princess Issiyanna and her Warrior and Protector Kiyarran (Kae). They both have a destiny that they are unsure about. When learning about the veil and knowing that they must protect it. Things take a turn and you are in for the journey of your life. I will admit at first I had trouble getting in to the story but by the time I was finished I really enjoyed it. The world building was fantastic and I think the secondary characters gave just as much to this story as our main characters. The love that builds between Issy and Kae is beautiful and well written.I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher in return for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
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