A Guardian of Shadows Book Review

A Guardian of Shadows (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #4) 

The thrilling sequel to The Well of Wyrding. In the enchanted lands of the Great Realms, Angelica, Jovian, and Joya are searching for their kidnapped sister, Amber. Their quest has led them through many dangers and many excitements, but nothing has prepared them for what’s about to come.

The wyr are alive, the Two who were never supposed to exist. They are destined to control the wyrd and fate of all mankind. Their very existence is destroying the world tree, on whose roots the fate of man is etched, and causing the Well of Wyrding, which sustains the world tree, to dissolve. Now Angelica and Jovian are hunted by the Norns, those three sisters of fate who guard the world tree and live at its roots, observing and preserving fate, who believe Angelica and Jovian are the wyr.

Angelica, Joya, and Jovian are on a race to escape the Norns as well as find their sister Amber, but with no clue where she could be, they turn their attention toward home, deep in the Holy Realm. The problem? Between them and their destination is the accursed land of eternal night: the Shadow Realm. Rumored to be filled with nightmarish creatures, forsaken to its shadowy depths, the Shadow Realm promises death to any from the Holy Realm who dare enter.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Guardian of Shadows is the fourth installment of The Revenant Wyrd Saga. In this portion , we find Joya, Jovian, and Angelica travelling through the Realm of Shadows, still searching for their sister Amber and heading homeward. As they meander their way across, they are attacked by Hecklin beasts trying to prevent them from getting to the Haunted Graveyard. Once there, they realize they have no where out unless they can find the secret passageway located in the Guardian Mausoleum. Will they find their way out? What is waiting for them on the other side if/when they find the way? Will they find their sister Amber, and will she be forever changed?

Grace, Rosalee,and Dalah have reached the realization that their bodies have been possessed by the Norms. They must find a way to rid themselves of the Norns and find their way back to the children to help find Amber. Will they find a way to destroy the powerful Norns, or will they get themselves killed in the process?

We revisit Cianna and the group from the academy she met on the road. They are assuming that Clara is still alive among the Kelpies because Cianna cannot sense her spirit. Is Clara still alive? Will they be able to save her before the Kelpies feast on her body? Will she finally make it to the Necromancer's mosque? What of the dreams that have been haunting her?

I could not wait for this book to arrive so that I could continue reading about my favorite group of people and their individual quests. Once again, Travis Simmons does a wonderful job drawing me into the story immediately. There's lots of action and magic to keep you engaged, and at the edge of your seat. I love the fact that we get to meet new creatures in each book, some very unusual ones at that. Finally everything comes together as we prepare for book five and the battle coming within it. This is a wonderfully written series that has captured my imagination in a way so few novels have. I am now a huge fan of this author and will definitely sample his other writings.
About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.  He has also written the Infernal Design series.

He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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