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The Guild
     

The Guild

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by Jean Johnson
 

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THE NEW GUARDIANS OF DESTINY NOVEL

Cult’s awareness, it shall rise:
Hidden people, gather now;
Fight the demons, fight your doubt.
Gearman’s strength shall then endow,
When Guild’s defender casts them out.


For centuries, the mages of Mekhana have done their best to hide themselves and their powers from the

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THE NEW GUARDIANS OF DESTINY NOVEL

Cult’s awareness, it shall rise:
Hidden people, gather now;
Fight the demons, fight your doubt.
Gearman’s strength shall then endow,
When Guild’s defender casts them out.


For centuries, the mages of Mekhana have done their best to hide themselves and their powers from the rapacious needs of their so-called Patron Deity, Mekha. Greatest of their secrets is the Vortex, a Fountain hidden in the heart of the Hydraulics Guild. But even after the dissolution of Mekha and the freeing of his people, Alonnen isn’t ready to reveal his guardianship to outsiders. Particularly when the remnants of Mekha’s priesthood start looking for a new monstrosity to worship.

Rexei has hidden more than her powers for most of her life; she has also hidden her gender, wary of the hungers of the old priesthood. Only in the safety of the Hydraulics Guild’s innermost secrets can she be herself. While the rest of her people struggle to reinvent themselves and find a deity they can trust, Rexei struggles to trust just one man, the Guardian of the Vortex. Events are moving fast, though; the priesthood is desperate for any new source of power, even a demonic one that requires certain sacrifices to access.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Jean Johnson and the Sons of Destiny Novels

“Jean Johnson’s writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining. Terrific—fast, sexy, charming, and utterly engaging. I loved it!”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

“Cursed brothers, fated mates, prophecies, yum! A fresh new voice in fantasy romance, Jean Johnson spins an intriguing tale of destiny and magic.”—Robin D. Owens, RITA Award–winning author

“What a debut! I have to say it is a must-read for those who enjoy fantasy and romance…Jean Johnson can’t write them fast enough for me!”—The Best Reviews

“A paranormal adventure series that will appeal to fantasy and historical fans, plus time-travel lovers as well…It’s like Alice in Wonderland meets the Knights of the Round Table and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next. Delightful entertainment.”—Romance Junkies

“An intriguing new fantasy romance series…A welcome addition to the genre. Cunning…Creative…Lovers of magic and fantasy will enjoy this fun, fresh, and very romantic offering.”—Time Travel Romance Writers

“A must-read.”—Romance Reviews Today

“An intriguing world…An enjoyable showcase for an inventive new author. Jean Johnson brings a welcome voice to the romance genre.”—The Romance Reader

“An intriguing and entertaining tale of another dimension…Quite entertaining.”—Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101591994
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Guardians of Destiny , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
124,648
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Jean Johnson and the Sons of Destiny Novels

“Jean Johnson’s writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining. Terrific—fast, sexy, charming, and utterly engaging. I loved it!”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

“Cursed brothers, fated mates, prophecies, yum! A fresh new voice in fantasy romance, Jean Johnson spins an intriguing tale of destiny and magic.”—Robin D. Owens, RITA Award–winning author

“What a debut! I have to say it is a must-read for those who enjoy fantasy and romance…Jean Johnson can’t write them fast enough for me!”—The Best Reviews

“A paranormal adventure series that will appeal to fantasy and historical fans, plus time-travel lovers as well…It’s like Alice in Wonderland meets the Knights of the Round Table and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next. Delightful entertainment.”—Romance Junkies

“An intriguing new fantasy romance series…A welcome addition to the genre. Cunning…Creative…Lovers of magic and fantasy will enjoy this fun, fresh, and very romantic offering.”—Time Travel Romance Writers

“A must-read.”—Romance Reviews Today

“An intriguing world…An enjoyable showcase for an inventive new author. Jean Johnson brings a welcome voice to the romance genre.”—The Romance Reader

“An intriguing and entertaining tale of another dimension…Quite entertaining.”—Fresh Fiction

Meet the Author

Jean Johnson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She is the author of the Sons of Destiny novels and the Guardians of Destiny novels.

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The Guild 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Jean Johnson continues her Guardians of Destiny series, with the character driven third book, The Guild. Steampunk and fantasy romance fans will love the extreme detail and fantastic world building in this series, featuring a political and religious environment that will take their breathe away. Johnson builds this series from a prophecy that affects every character and person in her world. Where obligation and honor are above all else and protecting the secrets of the guilds may be more than just an duty. What I liked: Johnson has created a world that is continually developing and changing with each new book to the series. It is all based on a political and religious civilization that is overwhelmed by it's magical properties. There is simply too much magic. Religious orders have sprung up serving deities of every kind and bringing an organized form of chaos to the world, but the boundaries are slipping. Some gods are being destroyed while other more terrifying deities are surfacing. The guilds hold secrets that not even all the priests know about and in this third book in the series it is evident that there are more dangerous things lurking in the dark than even the guardians know about.  I loved the eerie quality that surrounded this book. It was just a feeling that permeated the fabric of the story. The reader may feel a bit unsettled and unsure that they have it all figured out. The Guild completely changed my perspective on where Johnson was taking this series. At first that was disconcerting because I felt a little left out of the loop but as the book progressed and more and more was revealed I got really excited to see what happened next. The world is surely in dire trouble but Johnson focuses more on the plight and circumstances of her characters than the ultimate save the world scenario. That was refreshingly different for the genre, and kept me guessing as to how it would all play out in the end. Rexei and Alonnen were a great pair. He a guardian of the Vortex, deep in the Hydraulic's guild and she a mage who has hidden her identity, as well as, her gender for most of her life. Their romance was a slow build up to a passionate relationship and I was glad that Johnson chose to go a different route and make their specific story and love even more important the overall series goal of saving the world. It made it so much more intimate and realistic. Because in the midst of life's storms, is often where love blooms. The concept worked amazingly well.  There are some steamy moments in this one, and there are some moments of levity. There are evil gods and demons, fantastic machines and more magic than the reader will know what to do with, but at the heart of it all is a man who knows where his duty lies and woman who is just now coming out of her cocoon and spreading her wings as a mage. Johnson obviously has a complex vision for this series and I love the fact that I can't exactly put my finger on it.  What I didn't like: This one is a bit too complex to be read as a stand alone. The dynamics of the guilds, the deities and the guardians themselves, build throughout the series. Bottom Line: This is a fantastic fantasy romance book, with great steampunk elements and a romance that is breathtaking. I loved everything about it, from the complexity of the world building to intricate character development. If you are fan of this kind of writing you can't miss with this author.
Rowan_Silvertree More than 1 year ago
This review is based on an ARC sent to me by the author. "The Guild", the third book in Jean Johnson's Guardians of Destiny series, begins the same day as the Convocation of the Gods as described in her previous book, "The Mage". Of course, we all know what happened there. This book is the story of Rexei, a Journeyman Gearman and spy, and the Mage, Alannen, the Guardian of the Vortex, which lies in the heart of the Hydraulics Guild in the soon-to-be-former Kingdom of Mekhana. Having been living as a boy for the past eleven years after the kidnapping of her mother by the priests, Alonnen decides that Rexei is the embodiment of the "Gearman's strength" as described by the third verse of the prophecy. She isn't so sure. The book is a roller-coaster of humour, thrills, and dangers with cameos by several characters from all the former books, including Queen Kelly. If you have read and loved the Sons of Destiny series, as well as the first two books of the Guardians of Destiny series, I can highly recommend this book.