Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Warden's Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek (Wardens of Issalia, #1)

A Warden's Purpose
by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Wardens of Issalia - Book 1
Publisher: Fallbrandt Press (May 19, 2018)
Publication Date: May 19, 2018
Genre: Middlegrade | YA Fantasy
Paperback: 292 pages
Available from: Amazon
Two schools: One of magic and science, the other focused on military excellence.
A dangerous undercurrent flows within both…dark and deadly.

Everson is brilliant, ingenious, and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother.

When Everson is accepted to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn enters a school of combat in order to join him in Fallbrandt. However, things within the fabled institutions are not what they seem. Beneath a mantra of good intentions and the objective of a better future, spies and conspiracies lurk.

Quinn finds herself embroiled in a struggle she doesn’t understand, one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination and will to survive might be enough, if she only knew whom she could trust.

Within the other school, Everson learns about a dangerous power known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he is instead intent on melding Chaos with science, dreaming up inventions that would shape the future. Perceptive, imaginative, and curious, his endeavors lead him to a revelation that could change the world…and then, he discovers the truth. 
A Warden's Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
(Wardens of Issalia, #1)

A Warden's Purpose (Warden's of Issalia, #1)Years after the fate of humankind was determined in a terrible battle of good versus evil, the effects of that war are still felt. Like the heroes in THE RUNES OF ISSALIA series, once again, the youth of Issalia will drive this fantasy, told through the eyes and hearts of Quinn and her adopted brother, Everson.

Quinn is a warrior at heart, a leader, loyal and determined to find her place in the warrior school. Everson has disabilities that have stunted his ability to socialize, but his intelligence, heart and curiosity in the school of engineering and magic far overshadows any physical impairments…once people look beyond his body. It will be their strong points that could be their downfall as a dark entity is determined to use them as pawns for their evil machinations.

Will Quinn and Everson each face their own trials only to discover the danger their world is in or will the danger only be for them? Friendships are formed, jealousies will rise, and betrayals will be endured…welcome back to Issalia in A WARDEN’S PURPOSE.

Jeffrey L. Kohanek fires up this tale with an opening that is shocking and certainly attention grabbing! We are then invited to live the events prior, from a warm and loving home life to the cruelties Everson must face for being different while Quinn runs a slightly overbearing interference in his defense.

Written for younger YA readers to get lost in, Mr. Kohanek brings out both the best and the worst in people, organizations and the world. Filled with action, imagination and an atmosphere of pure fantasy, this is sure to be a hit for even the most reluctant of readers! Characters come alive, some good, some insecure, some brilliantly filled with the light and innocence of youth, all of them will feel the pressures to succeed.

A simply wonderful read to fuel the imagination page after page as these characters face seemingly insurmountable odds and push ahead!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jeffrey L. Kohanek!

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