(The Protectors Prequels, #1)
By Emily Ann Ward
Received for Review from author
Average Goodreads Rating: (I'm the first to rate it)
Release Date: March 2,2012
Before I get into my review, here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
When a new boy moves to town, Sashe realizes how suddenly
her life is about to change. Though non-magic themselves, she and
her sister have grown up with shape changers, and now a deadly foe is
out to banish the shape changing magic from the country. The Protectors
have the ear of the king and they've cast a curse on the shape
changers designed to slowly kill them off.
Sashe is forced to consider her survival when a friend of hers is killed
because her father refused to help the Protectors. She's slowly falling
for the new boy, but she must choose whether she and her sister can
stay with the shape changers with their dangerous future. Should they
decide to stay, how will they protect themselves against such
First novella in the Protectors prequels. Set ten years before
Promising Light and two years before Fire and Light.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Disclaimer: I read Promising Light first, so I had already been introduced to many of these characters.
I absolutely loved learning more about Sashe, Sierra, Dar, Evan, and Seth. From the very first page, I was entranced by their stories.
The story was mainly told from Sashe's perspective. Her voice seemed so real to me. That is one thing I love about Emily Ann Ward is the characters always feel so realistic. I always feel like I'm inside that character's head, rather than reading about a character.
I loved seeing the budding romance between Sashe and Seth grow. The world Emily created was portrayed in a masterful light. I loved everything about this story. I loved the plot, the writing, the characters, and the relations between the characters.
Sierra, Evan, Dar, Sashe, and Seth's interactions with one another were hilarious in some parts, heartwarming in others, and just down right entertaining.
In my min mind, Emily Ann Ward is becoming synonymous with a good story. This is the third story I've read by her, and I've been enraptured by them all. I can definitively say this will not be the last one I read by Emily Ann Ward either.
In Summary: Emily Ann Ward has created yet another compelling beautifully written novel that left me hooked from the first page. Definitely one that I recommend.
Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence and romance. Nothing that would cause me to hesitate to recommend this to any reader.
The Wrap-up: I absolutely adored this novel. I'd echo Emily Ann Ward's recommendation to read this one before Promising Light. Definitely interested to see what happens next. The three prequel novellas and the actual trilogy are both series that I will be keeping my eye on and anxiously awaiting to read.
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