Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum trilogy)

Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum trilogy)

by Madhuri Blaylock

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Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum trilogy) by Madhuri Blaylock

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone's imagination.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148892908
Publisher: Lucy Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Series: The Sanctum , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,028,808
File size: 780 KB

About the Author

I am a lawyer by day, writer and avid shoe and dress buyer at all other times. I live in Jersey City, but my heart remains firmly planted in Brooklyn via Snellville, Georgia. My husband, Henry, is also a lawyer, and only a lawyer because he actually likes being a lawyer (go figure), probably always wanted to be a lawyer and is really, really good at all things lawyerly. He's also pretty hot.

We've got a big kid, Miss Sydney, and a little kid, the one and only Dash. They're awesome and fierce and supremely cool and able to make me laugh at the strangest things. I would love to add a dog, some chickens, a goat and a burro to this crew. Everyone needs a burro.

Some of my favorites, in no particular order: ice cream, four-inch heels, Matt Damon, tattoos, Laini Taylor, scotch on the rocks, random office supplies, Martha's Vineyard, "The Girl" aka my Mini, Rihanna, Doc Martens, tulips, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

One day I plan to grow up. Right now, I'm enjoying the adventure.

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Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum trilogy) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've got one word to start off with to describe this book and that is "SUPERB". The author was kind enough to lend me a copy to read, i was a bit reluctant to read it first since i thought 'that's not a good title for a book',well after reading even a bit of it my conception and thoughts about this spectacular book reversed entirely and i am happy to say that i thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is like a rollar coaster ride, it will excite you and keep you occupied entirely and make you want to read more, and i'll explain a bit as to why you will feel that way. Ok, so we have a whole cast of very interesting characters some are human, hmmm well humanish, then there are vampires,werewolves,trolls and other magical creatures that are hidden behind veils so ordinary humans can't tell that they are around.  Our main character, well one of them, is a warrior,one of the best if i might add and is the duty full son of his ancient family, He is loyal to his family and friends and is considered a kind of role model by the rest of the people and so that tells us that he follows the rules and does what he is ordered, at least until he meets Dev, a broken girl in more ways than one whom he is ordered to kill but instead helps her achieve her goal to find those who killed his family and make them pay for it. Readers of Fiction and Fantasy will love reading this book, so if you can get this book i would advise you to buy it, You will not be disappointed.A warning to those who do not like violence and blood ,since we have a lot of that in this marvelous story, I just finished reading and i can't wait to read the next part, kudos to Madhuri for that.
KatyLEdwards More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an exciting ride I just took with Wyatt, Ryker, and Dev in book one of The Sanctum! Set in modern day, we enter the secret world of magical creatures and the council set to rule them. An ancient prophecy of an angel/demon hybrid who will unite the Sanctum and Magicals is coming to fruition and the corrupt leader of The Sanctum is out to do all he can to stop her. This is an excellent read for all lovers of the magical world including vampires, faeries, werewolves, and trolls. There is plenty of swording fighting action, drama, romance, and humor to keep the pages turning. This book is billed as young adult, but I would caution that it is more for the older young adult due to a lot of sexuality, sensuality, alluded homosexuality, and fairly graphic torture. The only downside I would mention is a feeling of inconsistency I often felt when trying to conceptualize the characters as I read. Sometimes the way a character spoke or acted seemed out of sync with what the author was trying to portray. Inconsistencies seemed to creep in to several scenes as well, and I found myself having to reread sometimes to better visualize what was happening. Overall, very enjoyable read!
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
This is the story of The Sanctum, ten founding families chosen by the gods to uphold moral authority for all magicals, vampires, witches, fairies, and trolls. Peacekeepers, if you will, as well as protectors of all humanity. I usually don't frequent this genre much but every now and again an excellent novel will come forth dealing with fantasy and magic that will just grab and hold my attention from beginning to end. That is exactly what this novel did. The author weaved an excellent novel dealing with good versus evil and even managed to bring forth a love story in the midst of battle. This novel had me reading well into the night because it was just that spellbinding that I could not put it down! Readers will be pulled into a world of fantasy and the emotions they will encounter are real and heartfelt. The storyline flowed very well and I found myself yelling at the main characters, wishing death on some and rooting for Wyatt, Ryder, Jools and Dev. Madhuri Blaylock is a very talented writer and I look forward to the next novel in this series as I know Dev and Wyatt's story is not done. Great job, Madhuri! Reviewed by: Lisa M. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review) I absolutely loved loved loved this book!! Everything about it captivated me. The characters were beautifully written and the plot was well thought out I felt I was right there in the mist of everything that was going on in the book. The Sanctum is an organization founded by ten families to deal with Magicals which are wizards, vampires, fairies, or anything that is magical. Wyatt and Ryker are two class A warriors that are in New York. They were sent on a mission to hunt down a hybrid (Dev)that is dangerous. Once they find her things start to turn especially for Wyatt. I loved Wyatt in this book. He is so sweet and would do anything for Dev even kill if he has to. He loves her and She loves him "Wyatt stepped closer to her and touched her face, her lips, her hair. She was filthy and battle-worn and more beautiful than ever. She was his ferocious queen".-Wyatt Dev is the Hybrid Demon that Wyatt is sent to hunt and falls for her and she falls for him. She isn't just some beautiful face. She can kick some major butt!! “I am one thousand percent a girl. A most powerful, awesome, brilliant girl who can destroy you with a thought. I can creep into your mind and persuade you to kill yourself. I am immune to your silly, little Raven blades and Shields of the Gods. I am smarter than your most intelligent officers” -Dev At the beginning I felt so bad for her because of the hurt and pain that she was going through but slowly with Wyatt's help she starts to heal. Ryker is Wyatt's best friend and loves him like a brother and vise versa. There isn't anything that Riker would not do for Wyatt "I would never, and I repeat, never end your life. I don't care if you were metamorphosing into a wolf-vamp-demon that would hunt me until my dying days, drain me of every drop of blood in my body and then cast a spell on me so you could do it all over again. It wouldn't make a difference. I would rather spend the rest of my life avoiding you than spend it without you.-Ryker Jools (Cool Name) is Wyatt's sister and loves him dearly. She may come off as an annoying little whining brat but what are little sisters for LOL. I cannot wait for the next in the series. I enjoyed reading it so much!! Rating 5 Stars Recommend? Heck yea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll preface this by saying I'm an attorney by day and for some reason I dream of being Jason Bourne by night…so I tend to fly through spy novels.  Fantasy novels never really appealed to me…until a friend turned me on to Book One:  The Girl (The Sanctum).    I was turned on to the book a few months ago…I had the opportunity to read it ever since early November.  I just never found the time because the NFL season was in full gear, the college football season was going strong, and I honestly had forgotten about checking the book out.  I finished my christmas shopping, I handled all of my holiday parties, the college football season ended, and I found myself staring at my fantasy football page waiting for my championship game and realized I couldn't do much more to fix my squad heading into my super bowl of fantasy match ups…so I decided I'd give Book One:  The Girl a shot.  It didn't disappoint! I quickly got into the book once I realized that all of these vampires, magicals, and warriors were all hanging out with us regular folks.  I know this probably sounds like a simple thought to most of you…but I never realized that we normal folk were included in these books!  So I quickly jumped into the book. The plot moved along really well.  There was plenty of action, but rather than focusing on too much action, Mrs. Blaylock did a great job of having enough action to move the story along, but also doing a great job of developing the characters and the relationship dynamics and historical dynamics of the characters.  Seeing as how this is Book One, and there are presumably other books to follow, it was interesting learning about The Sanctum and the prophecies and everything that led to time when the book takes place. As for the characters…I enjoyed seeing the relationships between Ryker and Wyatt grow to include Jools and Dev.  Darby added a nice touch (somewhat made me think of the Patricia Arquette character from Boardwalk Empire this past season…go figure!  Funny thing is now that I say that, doesn't Steve Buschemi seem like he might be a real life vampire?!?!?!).   Overall I really enjoyed reading the book!  The plot really moved along at a nice pace and each chapter left me wanting to read on and on.  It didn't take me long to finish this one, and now I'm ready for Book Two!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“I am one thousand percent a girl. A most powerful, awesome, brilliant girl who can destroy you with a thought. I can creep into your mind and persuade you to kill yourself. I am immune to your silly, little Raven blades and Shields of the Gods. I am smarter than your most intelligent officers” -Dev You know, maybe it’s just my crappy choices, but it’s hard for me to find a decent urban fantasy with a badass protagonist (or good fight scenes). Which is too bad, because I love them. And The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock has them. The Sanctum is an organization founded by ten families to deal with Magicals (wizards, vampires, trolls, etc.). In New York, two of their Class A Warriors, Wyatt and Ryker, are sent to hunt down a hybrid demon that is said to be very dangerous. When they find her, however, things go a little awry, especially when Wyatt falls in love with her. Dev is a trained warrior who hates the Sanctum– and is also half angel, and half demon. When the Sanctum kills her family and tries to kill her, she accidentally slips through a portal into New York City and arrives severely injured, and at the mercy of two Sanctum warriors who at the moment want to help her, not kill her. This is an awesome book. No other words to really describe it. It’s funny, and the characters are awesome. I’d recommend this book to just about anyone who likes strong female protagonists and adventure, as well as anyone who watches Supernatural.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite In The Sanctum Book 1: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock, readers are introduced to a world in which a lot more goes on than normal human beings would know. An organization called the Sanctum keeps the balance between magicals (which includes vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, the whole lot) and non-magicals. When two class A warriors, Ryker and Wyatt, find a mysterious girl that they are commanded to kill because she is supposed to be an evil hybrid creature, that balance or the illusion of that balance starts to disappear. Wyatt, who was the perfect Sanctum warrior up to the moment he laid eyes on the girl, suddenly starts to break all rules. He, Ryker, and the girl soon learn that there is more to what happened in her life and that the Sanctum is close to a revolution. So much happens in this book that it is hard to put it all in a short summary - and this is such a very, very good thing. So many books I've read recently felt short and superficial. The characters in Madhuri Blaylock's novel, however, are well written and unique, and the story is just fantastic. I couldn't stop reading because the book describes our world, but with a few magical elements added to it. It's a world full of mysteries and many of them will hopefully be explored in more depth in the following books. There is a lot of potential in those characters and the world that has been created around them.  This is not just a fantasy book for young adults but for all people who have a love for mysterious creatures who might roam our planet without us knowing about them. And another great point: the vampires in the story don't feel like the hundredth version of dumb, glittering vampires who have nothing better to do than glitter and fall in love. I just loved every page of the story!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In The Girl, the first book in the Sanctum series by Madhuri Blaylock, Wyatt and Ryker seem like two ordinary - albeit stunningly attractive - New York teens but they are really Sanctum warriors, descendants from a group of ten families blessed with angelic powers, whose duties consist of keeping the magical and the human world separate. Wyatt is the straight-laced one, following the rules even as they grow more extreme and rigid against other “lesser” magical creatures such as werewolves and fairies. Ryker is the bad-boy of their duo. Together they make a pretty good team, but in the end it's Wyatt, not Ryker, who finds himself unable to follow the Sanctum-wide order to kill Dev, an angel-demon hybrid. Now at odds with the Sanctum, Wyatt and Ryker have to find out what's so special about Dev and why does the Sanctum want her dead so badly. Told from multiple points of view and featuring a gorgeous cover by Michelle Mason Holmberg, The Girl is perfect for anyone who loves the Mortal Instruments series and is looking for some more sexy action. The Girl is  a fantastic read that went by super fast and is perfect for fans of angel and demon clashes. Of course, there are breaks between the fighting and action for heady sips of banter and romance. What more could a reader ask for? I did wish that the writing was a little tighter and there were some minor characters who I felt were beginning to dominate the story a little too much. But with its shocking cliff-hanger ending that just might get in the way of true love, I’m sure fans of Madhuri Blaylock will be clamoring for book two.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite The Sanctum was created to maintain peace and order among the magicals and to make sure that people are none the wiser about them. Ryker and Wyatt are two of the best warriors for the Sanctum. Their next mission is to find and eliminate the hybrid, who was said to be wreaking havoc and killing everyone. When Wyatt found the hybrid, who is simply a girl, he was not able to do the Sanctum’s bidding as before. Instead, he found himself saving and protecting the hybrid, much to the creature’s chagrin. It turns out this hybrid, Dev, is part of a prophecy of the Sanctum, and Wyatt will do anything he can to protect her - even if it means turning his back on everything he knows. Find out how the hybrid and the warrior will fulfill the prophecy in Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum) by Madhuri Blaylock. This book could possibly be the next big thing, like movies, book deals, awards, and all the other perks. I loved everything about it. Wyatt and Ryker’s interesting dynamics; the war in Central Park, are all totally cool, as is the insanely beautiful hybrid, the magicals, and the New York Academy. I liked the way new characters were introduced flawlessly and the way the story flowed effortlessly. This book is so riveting I wasn’t able to put it down once I started reading it. I was captivated from the first page until the last. And I sure hope that was not the last from Madhuri Blaylock. I am really looking forward to reading more about Wyatt, Ryker, Dev, and all the other characters and their stories.