Author: Sandra Schepis
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publish Date: February 19, 2014
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
A Guardian’s Truth is about Ariella, a young Guardian Queen of Royals, in the secret land called Isles of Olympus. Forced to sit on her throne before she comes of age, and yet kept in the dark about her history, who her parents were and the life she never got to have with them, after being given to her maternal uncle and his wife, when Ariella was only minutes old. No one would even speak her parents names after that. Frustrated by the constant over protection of the councilmen and women of the Isles, Ariella and her closest friend (whom rarely left her side from the age of four), her dragon Kyith, set out on an adventure within and outside of her realms, that would start the events that could lead her realm back into war. Many enemies are found to be trusted friends, while some friends are shown to be true enemies, Ariella is left wondering: who can she trust, who she should trust?
Guardians are descendants of the first two Gods, Uranus, the God of the heavens and sky, and Gaia, the Goddess of the Earth and nature. Their first born child, a son, Gaius, named for both his parents, was betrayed by his younger siblings as they overthrew Uranus by beheading him, so to rule the world and heavens themselves, Gaius wished only to avenge his father’s murder, but Gaia had other plans. She gave him his own realm hidden from the titan’s wrath, and their descendants. A gift for his loyalties, he and his kin and any God, Goddess or magical creature that wished to escape the titans and later the Olympians, would live free of the tainted bloodlines of those that had murdered the father God for greed and power, with only one hitch, no Guardian could ever wish to lay claim to the original homeland of Gods, Mount Olympus.
For if they did, all that had been, could be undone!
Review by J. Hooligan:
First of all, I would like to point out that it was an interesting story. I have always been interested in mythology and fantasy, and to see them both together was very entertaining for me. I don't believe I can recall another book I've ever read that had gods, elves, dragons, and unicorns (to name a few) together. The way they all fit into the world created by Sandra Schepis was as if this was always how it had been.
I found myself captivated and fascinated by Ariella, wanting to know - as she did - who she was and what was going on around her. Still, I felt parts of the story were lacking. There were times where I think I was supposed to understand more than I did - or at least feel more emotion for something going on, but I didn't.
There were also obvious editing issues that made me have to reread those sections an extra time or two, to make sure I understood what was going on in the story. Before anyone wants to correct me, I'm not talking about the spelling of certain words. I realized the book was not written in American English before I started it. An example of what I'm talking about was the use of "their" instead of "there".
I did enjoy reading it, despite the issues I felt it contained. I would be interested in reading more in the series and seeing where it goes. I give this book 3/5 platypires.
About the Author:
Isles of Olympus is different, it is a complete work of towns and cities, landscapes, cultures and lives I spent month creating, so that I could sit and enjoy the story that flowed from the details.
A Guardian’s Truth the first of three books to come out of the Isles series, was a special project designed ultimately for my children to read and enjoy, igniting their imaginations and inspiring their dreams.
I love landscape photography, and use it to inspire some of my works. Mythology weather Greek, Celtic, and some Nordic are keen interests that I enjoy researching; reading is a passion of mine when I am not writing. And in between that and my family I love to get out and explore
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