Title: The Guardian
Author: Elizabetta Holcomb
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Date Read: May 9-11, 2016
1312, A knight destined to rule…
Jareth Tremaine, the first Duke of Dover, has seen how he’s remembered in history books—either a saint who rules his lands with justice or a religious extremist whose harsh treatment of the church nearly has him executed. But what history doesn’t disclose is that he’s essential to the world’s survival. After being wounded by ancient Huns using 21st century weapons, a girl is brought to aid his recovery—a girl who would become his duchess and the key to the future of Dover’s Amalgam.
A 21st century girl whose future has not been written…
Elizabet Blackwell isn’t surprised by wormholes. What shocks her is the multi-faceted personality of the titled knight. Sir Jareth is a nobleman, translator, surgeon—and he’s intent on locating and protecting a host. The host, she discovers, is a boy who practically lives in her backyard 700 years into Jareth’s future.
The re-scripting of history for the survival of nature’s attack on mankind…
Together they embark on their life’s journey and discover that they must protect each other even as they prepare the host for his destiny. Their quest must be to ensure the boy is secure and hidden from the evil forces who seek to exploit the power he contains.
You know sometimes I wonder what genre I love and hate sometimes…
Before I ever start reading a book, I start reading the synopsis first and that’s where I weigh my options of whether I would like this certain book or not. (So yes. I do judge a book by its synopsis, not its cover. Well, sometimes its cover but you get the point.)
So when I was blessed with a copy of The Guardian, I’ve seen to it that I have read the synopsis. At the top, it read 1312. The cover should’ve been a hint itself, but yes, the book is set in the middle ages. Although reading on, it turned out to be a mixture of both medieval and modern age, as this was a story of time travels.
First thing that came to my mind was Terminator Genisys. Ever seen that movie? I just saw it last weekend and The Guardian reminded me somehow of that. It was slightly like the movie in a way except with less time machines but more portal holes and assassins (which was probably cooler).
I was worried I won’t be able to get on with this book, considering I’m not a historical fiction fan myself. But surprisingly, this book got me hooked. Next thing I know, I was reading until sunrise. (I just wished I had more time during the day to read it, but you know…duty calls.)
It was funny, romantic and adventurous in a way that makes me want to travel and jump through time along with the characters.
I liked how the author mixed a good amount of historical and modern fiction in the story. I personally liked the characters as well. Especially Gabriel and Minh. They are the best sassy sidekicks a bossy duke could ever ask for. While the main characters, Jareth and Elizabet, as I mentioned earlier were mainly the reason they reminded me of Terminator Genisys. Their love story was similar to Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor, only the situation is the other way around, and of course the time periods and location are different.
Well anyway, I guess there were times that I was having a hard time following with what was what and where (please excuse my lack of knowledge in history. I wasn’t particularly a top of the class student, after all.) I had to Google at times, but like Jareth said, Wikipedia is the last place to get information, so I had to keep an Encyclopedia beside me at all times. The good thing about that is I learned so much of the medieval period and those languages. I just talked to my dad in a Jareth-like tone, and I’m telling you, he couldn’t have been more confused and annoyed at me more than he possibly could.
I’m giving this book 4 awesome stars, mostly because I laughed and squealed too much while reading this!
I would recommend this to everyone though. Happy reading!
P.S. A huge shout out and thank you to Ms. Elizabetta Holcomb, for trusting me a copy of this book and giving me another adventure that I was glad I dived into!
To books and beyond!