Review: Our Young Guardians: Seven and Two by Rodi Szoke

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Publisher: Rodi Szoke

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9780997565911

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.5/5

Publishers Description: Seven journals were written but only five remain and are hidden, guarded by folk and charms, waiting to be retrieved so their story can be shared. Through the words of one of the children, we follow not only their adventures but also their struggles through adolescence as they become adults.

Review: Our hero, Jonek, longs to be a soldier/warrior and sneaks off to secretly watch the soldiers train. He and his friends stumble upon a maggoty beast that is an emissary of the evil that is coming to their land.

This was surprisingly good. High pace, good character development and constant surprises in magical form abound. The world(s) are epic and have a grand foundation in magic.  At every turn there is this creative inventiveness by the author to infuse new ideas and elements and weave them into the story line. Just when you think Jonek is topped out with surprises he goes and gets a magic lizard under his skin. It was those types of instances that made this novel enjoyable. I could not put it down and chastised myself for not doing so. I should not have liked the rampant use of magic that at times appeared in Deus ex machina fashion but was wholly entertained throughout.

The only problem I have is that this author does not have a publishing deal. GET THIS!

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