Saturday, March 6, 2010
Review of Guardian
By: Katie Hines
Published by 4RV Publishing
This review is based on a review copy provided by author, Katie Hines, in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
Katie Hines draws her audience into the story on the first page of Guardian. The reader knows immediately this tale offers adventure, intrigue and danger. What else could a “tall, broad man carrying a sword” mean? This isn’t a typical sword and sorcery adventure for teens, however, but an urban fantasy.
Guardian takes place in a modern world and incorporates the normal with magic, fantasy, and the quest for the Holy Grail. Drew lost his mother, but before she died, she told him he has a destiny, and he must use a magic journal to find a treasure and fulfill that destiny. As a child, this same magic journal marked him with a magic symbol. It soon becomes clear to Drew, and his friends, Mattie and Javon, the tall man with a sword is somehow part of that destiny.
Shortly after someone breaks into Drew’s house, his father decides to send Drew and his friends to his grandfather’s home for safety. After a harrowing ferry ride to Canada, the youngsters are met by Grandma, Grandpa and Drew’s cousin Zea. Drew quickly determines Zea has changed, but no one will tell him why. Unfortunately, Drew’s pursuers follow him and Drew and his six companions soon find themselves prisoners of people who are the stuff of legend.
Ms. Hines keeps the story moving forward with fast paced action sure to delight any fantasy lover. Obstacles are placed in Drew’s path at every step. Hanging over all is the knowledge that Drew has been marked by the magic journal as a grail guardian candidate. Drew wants nothing to do with this, and he constantly fights his destiny. When he meets a member of the Brotherhood who shares his magic mark, he is relieved someone else can be the new guardian. But is this person from the Brotherhood worthy to be the next guardian?
Ms. Hines has done her homework and deftly weaves in the traditional Arthurian legend of the quest for the Holy Grail, the story of Perceval and the Fisher King, and the tale of the Knights Templar and the Brotherhood. Follow Drew, his family, and his friends as they seek the treasure and follow the clues.
Katie told me she will randomly choose someone who comments during her blog tour to win a free copy of Guardian. Please be sure to leave a way for Katie to contact you should you be the lucky winner.