Goodreads: Emergence of the Guardians
Author: W.J Aiden
Published: 21st October 2017 (Fyrbal Media)
Rating: 2/5 (It was okay)
Official Summary: “Princess Ana and her one true friend Ethan watch as the nation of Muspelheim lays in chaos. Their kingdom has fallen. The legendary royal guard, the Crimson Legion, decimated with little effort. Today was meant to be one of celebration. For Ana, it was one of unforgettable agony.
In one day, Ana’s world has been flipped upside down. The innocent people of her nation are enslaved against their will. The mystical darkness that now reigns, obsessed with destruction and domination, rules with black magic. She and Ethan have been thrust into a battle they were never meant to face. Overwhelmed and tormented over her parents being captured and ordered to their deaths, Ana searches for one simple answer. How could Mia, her sister, cause all that had happened today?
Exciting and spectacular, if you like young adult fantasy, then you’ll love the thrilling and magical journey that Emergence of the Guardians, Book 1, takes you on in the debut novel of the series.” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer: I requested a copy from the author. This does not affect my review in anyway)
Review: It was okay. Were some issues, sent a list off to the author, should be fixed by the time the book is published. The story concept is solid and could make a great book. But. The hated but. I just found it boring. I had to force myself to finish it. Maybe its just not the book for me. Though normally I am quite into books of this genre and type.
(May contain spoilers)
Felt like you needed to know more about the sister. Like a mini-story at the start of the book, just a little something to really show their relationship. I personally didn’t feel emotion attached saving her. Wouldn’t have mattered either way to me if she was saved or killed.
The whole getting to the guardian’s stones I found was a bit too long winded. I get that it can’t be straight forward and easy to get to them. Else anyone could get to them, but the amount of scrolls and back and froth just seemed a bit too much. Could have cut it down to one big cave system, the places within the cave. Would help with the traveling e.g.
The pacing had some issues. It was jumping from one thing to another. Example; they were talking in a library. Next sentence they are outside the library at the shortcut. It jumped, and the shortcut was a little too conveniently close. Also felt bit rushed in places could be more descriptive. Like overpowering guards, could have gone into more detail to make it more fun to read. To really show their powers and fighting abilities. How much they had really changed as well.
It just felt too rushed, like the author was in a hurry to get to the end parts. Also tried to put too much into the first book. Slow it down, go into more detail with things. Breathe. (I have the same bad habit when I write my own books, I rush and it reads like shit. My books, not this book.)
Would I recommend it? Maybe.