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by Marianne Curley

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Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and

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Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future.

As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed. This gripping fantasy is set in modern times, but is infused with intrigue from the past, super-natural characters and surprising plot twists. Curley has written a winner through to the end.

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Publishers Weekly
Magic blooms in Angel Falls, the setting of this promising launch to Curley's (Old Magic) time travel trilogy. At the edge of a national forest, where two worlds co-exist, 16-year-old Ethan Roberts guards time or, more specifically, history ("My job is to make sure it all happens the way it's supposed to, the way it already did"). As one of the Named, a Guardian of Time, he has been doing this since age four, not long after his 10-year-old sister, Sera, was killed. Her murderer, an evil half-faced monster, Marduke, is an Order of Chaos minion who wishes to alter the past in order to change the future-and to avenge his own losses. As the novel opens, Ethan is given an Apprentice to train, 15-year-old Isabel Becket, younger sister of his ex-best friend. With the help of Arkarian, a 600-year-old Guardian who lives deep inside the mountain, Isabel quickly takes to the apprenticeship, and her power to heal strengthens. But the forces of good and evil are headed for a Final Conflict foreseen by the Prophecy found in Veridian, the ancient city hidden deep under Angel Falls. No machine is required for time travel here; a strange "sleep" is the conduit between worlds past and present. Told in convincing alternating chapters by Isabel and Ethan, the novel reveals a mystery, the clues to which unfold via the duo's trip back in time to John of Gaunt (during the reign of Richard II) and details of Sera's death. Readers will likely be swept up by the ever-growing complications and want to return for the series' next installments. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Twelve years ago, Ethan's older sister died under mysterious circumstances. Since then, he has tried to lead a normal life, despite the fact that his parents have never recovered from the deep depression caused by her death. Making it even harder for Ethan to be normal is the fact that he is also one of the Named, a Guardian of Time and part of an ancient organization sworn to fight the evil Order of Chaos. Guided by his Trainer, the powerful but reclusive Arkarian, Ethan is assigned dangerous missions in the past, where he fights to keep members of the Order from changing history in ways that will increase the evil in the world. Now, however, Ethan himself has been named a Trainer. His joy at this promotion turns to dismay when he discovers that his new apprentice, Isabel, is the younger sister of his former best friend Matt, who has become, for reasons unknown, his sworn enemy. Lurking in the background, with murderous intent, is Marduke, a hulking monster of a man with a hideously disfigured face and only one eye. In this first novel, Curley develops two solid protagonists, although it is sometimes difficult to distinguish their narrative voices. Also serviceable, although not particularly original, is her concept of time-traveling heroes and villains, although her historical scenes are rather thin. The plot occasionally seems both contrived and clumsy, beset with too many coincidences and dependent on more than one deus ex machina. There is potential here, however, and later books in the series should improve. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined asgrades 10 to 12). 2002, Bloomsbury, 332p,
— Michael Levy
The present lives in this book are affected by events in an unseen world where a battle rages between the mythological forces of the Order of Chaos and The Guard. The Order of Chaos tries to change the past so the present will be altered and made chaotic. The Guard fights the forces of Chaos to preserve history and the present, to fulfill written prophesy. Ethan, a normal sixteen-year-old, and his fifteen-year-old friend, Isabel, are two of The Named who belong to The Guard. The Named complete missions throughout history, for example, in ancient Greece, in the time of England's Richard II, and in Colonial New England, in order to prevent The Order of Chaos from prevailing. Set in modern Australia, author Marianne Curley has created a powerful story that held my attention from beginning to end. If students like the Harry Potter books, or the Lord of the Rings, they will love The Named. In the same category as Lois Lowery's The Giver, this book has Newbery Award possibilities. I highly recommend it. 2002, Bloomsbury Children's Book, 332 pp., Thompson
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Ethan, 16, belongs to the Guard, a secret group of humans who use paranormal powers to protect the Earth against the Order of Chaos. While Chaos tries to change the course of history, the Guards travel back in time to thwart their schemes. Isabel's healing powers bring her to the Guard's attention, and Ethan is assigned to be her trainer. The two engage in some dangerous time-traveling assignments, which lead to an ultimate battle between the two opposing forces. The plot ends up involving many others from Ethan's town, including his teacher, his father, his best friend, and his long-dead sister. The narrative alternates between Ethan and Isabel, and his earnest and sometimes-arrogant manner is balanced by her more casual style. This is all fairly lively, with a premise that's easy to follow and some involving action scenes and character dynamics. The time-travel adventures lack a true sense of immediacy, though, especially when compared to the more gripping scenes involving Marduke, the horrible soldier of Chaos. The identity of a mysterious masked female will be easy for readers to guess. Despite a few slow spots, however, the author keeps things moving smoothly toward the climax. While the anticipated battle involving Ethan's father and Marduke settles the main conflict in a satisfying way, some unresolved plot threads set the stage for a sequel.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Swashbuckling time-travel plus soap-opera relationships make for a page-turning start to a promised trilogy. The mysterious death of Ethan's older sister when he was only four left his family a wreck: his mother hospitalized with depression, his father an emotional automaton, and Ethan subject to horrific nightmares. But for Ethan, his real life for the past 12 years has been with the Guardians of Time, in their eternal battle to prevent the Order of Chaos from disrupting the proper workings of history. After he's assigned to train his schoolmate, Isabel, as his first Apprentice, an ancient prophecy gives the pair only a few short weeks to thwart Chaos's top general in his assaults against the past, before the unfolding of an even more terrifying destiny. Protecting the time stream is hardly an innovative concept in fantastic fiction, but Curley pulls it off with panache. While the various historical periods are only perfunctorily limned, the ritualistic panoply of the Guard itself begs for further exploration. Cocky, loyal Ethan and self-confident Isabel are likable enough, but the real hook for teen readers will be their romantic entanglements. Isabel hides her lifelong crush on Ethan, as her older brother, once his best friend, seethes over Ethan's attraction to his girlfriend; meanwhile, an unlikely character recognizes in the oblivious Isabel his own destined soulmate. Anguished heartbreak and suppressed longing are bound to continue to spice up the history-hopping sword-and-sorcery, making the sequels an ongoing guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 12+)

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Bloomsbury USA
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Guardians of Time Series
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5.34(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.25(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was phenomenal! Hands down! I was having trouble finding a good novel to read, and then a friend recommended the series to me. I haven't been able to put it down since then! The adventure, and original plot structure was a refreshing breath in literature. Lately all you hear is about magic this, magic that yet, this novel puts the thought, 'Hey...maybe it is real!' in your head. Characters are easy to relate to, and quickly gain your trust and full attention. So, if you want a good book to pick up for a weekend, this is perfect for fantasy lovers!
MissBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I got the first one on Tuesday and by Thursday i read the complete trilogy. The Named: 4.5/5 Very good. It really pulls you in. The Prologue is semi-creepy but it doesn't get like that again. The Dark 4/5 Not my favorite. Its a little musy but it's still really good. Its 2/3 action 1/3 romance. The ending is very good. The Key 4.75/5 My favorite. I loved the point of view from 2 people who feel a little left out. The ending wasn't what I thought would happen. I was so surprised. The Trilogy: 4.25/5 Its a little dramatic but it brings you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is mainly about two people: Ethan and Isabel. However, the book starts out when Ethan witnesses the death of his little sister. She was killed by Marduke, an evil follower of Lathenia. Lathenia is the Goddess of evil and leader of the Order. She found a way to tamper with the past; it gave her a sense of power above her compatriots. This is why the Named was created, to protect the past so that things didn't go wrong in the future. Ethan must lead a secret life as a Guardian of the Named, along with his mentor, Arkarian. Everything is going fine for him until he receives an apprentice, Isabel. When Ethan was younger, he was best friends with Matt, Isabel's older brother. They ended this friendship on bad terms. He has to find a way to get to Isabel without making Matt suspicious. The job of members of the Guard is to protect the past by traveling through time, while they're sleeping, and fixing things that Lathenia has managed to change. I read the book and i liked it a lot. It was a fun book to read and it had a lot of interesting points and conflicts. I would recommend this book to anybody around 13 years old. It's an easy read for people who read a lot and people who don't. It became one of the boook that I didn't want to put down. It's a good thing there's more books because I can't wait to keep reading on. I'm sure you'd like it too. (TYLER)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely my favorite book of all time. If you love action, some fantasy, and a little romance, this is a book for you! Very well written and realistic character personalities. I would give it 6 stars
sammi52 More than 1 year ago
I first came across these books 6 years ago in my highschool library. I was immediately intrigued by the author's writing style and the storyline was definitely something that I hadn't read before. If you are a Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or even fantastical history fan, this series is for you. The elements of fantasy and magic combined with historic events makes this book and absolute page turner. By far my favorite author. I wish that she wrote more novels than these three and Old Magic.
booksrgr8_teen258 More than 1 year ago
This book was irrisistable, absolutely amazing as in "OMGosh-I-can-not-put-this-dang-book-down kinda way. At first I was confused about the whole gaurd thing with Ethan, but as Isabel learned, I too learned about what being a gaurd means. Ethan is a good boy, and a fantastic charecter. He teaches his apprentice, Isabel, the life of a gaurd. The life of a guard is highly mysterious and very interating. Marrianne Curley pulls you in with a stupendous plot full of childhood crushes, death, monsters,the paranormal, and of course true love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time. I gobbled it up in day and can't wait to read the 2nd book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the three books in 3 days....did not want to stop reading and didn't want it to end. Must read! The author has an uncanny way to make you picture what is going on. I'd love to see them as movies but know there is no way they could picture it as good as it was in my mind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my boyfriend are reading this book and it is captivating. The vivid descriptions takes you inside the story and turning the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, all i can say is that once i opened the book, i could not possibly put my phone down! I read the books after i got off and the then when i got up. And when i got to work, at lunch, i read the book. That was all i could think of is reading this book. I am about to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Not only did the author create a whole different world, she managed to tie it in with every day life. To future readers of this series: the first book isn't as good as the second and third! However, I give all the books an A+!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It has drama, action, adventure, love, fantasy, and more. If these are some of the things you like this book will keep you hooked and guessing all the way from start to finish. I would definatly recommend this book to any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought it was pretty good book. it is a kind of book where you get hooked, then you kind of loose the hook, but then it will hook you again. but i thought that the whole idea of the story was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was enjoyable, but it was not one of those books that you can't put down. I recommend it but I would get it from a library instead of spening my money on it. I did like how the auther used the switching points of view.
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its a really confusing book.
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Its a little predictable but since it is so well written the author keeps you excited on how the details unfold. This book had me at the prologue. And although it doesnt end with a cliff hanger I am still excited to go on and read the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not quite what I thought it would be.
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This book kept my intereated the whole way even though it was bit perdictable there was always some thing to surprise you. I love how this author brought in a different plot and story then the common ones in fantasy and young adults. Cant wait to read the next ones.
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