Starfire (The Guardian Herd Series #1)

Starfire (The Guardian Herd Series #1)

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez


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Riders of the Realm author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez “will lift the reader on the wings of danger and destiny, magic and hope”* in this first book in an action-packed fantasy adventure series. Perfect for fans of the Warriors and Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of winged horses that live in Anok—fated to become the most powerful Pegasus in all the land.

Star is this black foal.

Even though Star seems harmless because he’s unable to fly, the leaders of each herd aren’t willing take any risks. So, they plan to execute Star before his first birthday. With the threats against him mounting, Star must rely on his friends and the untapped power within to win an epic battle between good and evil.

* (New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062286062
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Guardian Herd Series , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez received a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. Her first four-book series was The Guardian Herd, followed by the Riders of the Realm trilogy. She lives with her family in Northern California. Visit her at and visit the Guardian Herd series at

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Starfire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Sheila Nelson More than 1 year ago
5 of 5 stars Read in July, 2 Exciting tween read for both boys and girls!! Have you ever been to Anok? The land of the Pegasi. Of the 5 herds of Pegasi in Anok, Sun Herd is the guardian herd of Star, the very special black stallion that was born under the 100 year star. On Star's first birthday he will receive powers from the 100 year star and the star will then fade away for another 100 years. He will become the leader that destroys the herds or unites them. It quickly becomes evident after his birth that Star with his massive wings is unable to fly.He becomes becomes the object of ridicule and is bullied by some of the other foals. Only one foal born under the 100 year star has ever lived to his first birthday. Since his destiny won't be known until his first birthday, no one knows what powers he will have and he is therefore considered to be a threat to the power of the over-stallions of the 5 herds and they would like to see him killed before he receives his powers. But wait all is not lost. Star is also befriended and protected by a group of Pegasi who believe without question that he will unite the herds and they will have many chances to prove their loyalty and risk their own lives as they try desperately to keep Star alive to his first birthday. The author displays quite the imagination in her version of the land and lives of the Pegasi. None of us have every been to Anok, but the author has and takes us on a wild ride on the ground and in the air, developing her characters with devotion and skill so you feel integrated with the herds. The reader gets to be there to watch an awkward Star develop his inspirational inner strength as his journey unfolds. This is a very interesting and unusual platform for all the emotional ups and downs that the tween age group will relate to. Both boys and girls will love all the action and the tenderness that is Star's journey. I am a retired librarian and received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! I have already preordered Stormbound, and i highly recommend this to anyone! -Alison Herring 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book, and I highly reccomend reading it. The plot is amazing! I give it 100% out of 100%!
gypsyrose11 More than 1 year ago
I am a 10 year old boy and I loved this book. It was fast moving,and suspenseful and I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for the next book to come out. W.R. Roberts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it NOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of suspenseful adventure, danger, and heartwarming loyalty and friendship, Starfire is a must-read for anyone who enjoys animal adventures like Warriors or Wings of Fire. Fast-paced and well-written, this book was a pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this and is reading it a second time! I love it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! I didn't think I would like it but..... WOW!!!! I have already read bolth Starfire and Stormbound 3 times over. Great book and it is totaly worth buying. Can't wait for the next one to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your tween will be swept away in the adventures of Star and his friend.  Amazing new series!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Anok is a land full of pegasi – winged horses – and no humans. Star is the “black foal” – a black pegasi that is born once every 100 years. On the black foals’ first birthday (at midnight), the Hundred Year Star gives its power to the black foal of the century. With this power, the black foal can become either the Destroyer or the Healer of the herds. Either way, the foal will become more powerful than any pegasi in Anok. Thunderwing (and most of Sun Herd) thinks that Star will become the Destroyer, if he lives. Star doesn’t blame them – he isn’t so sure himself! Thunderwing, the over-stallion (chief) of Sun Herd now is the head of the Guardian Herd, the herd to which the black foal is born. It is the Guardian Herd’s responsibility to keep track of the black foal and to determine it’s fate when the time came. Thunderwing gave Star until his first birthday to live and then declared that Star must be killed in case he becomes the Destroyer. When the lead-mare of Sun Herd helps get Star to safety by bringing him to a secluded cave, she gets kicked out of Sun Herd. She dares to go back only to warn the Sun Herd about the pegasi army about to attack the Guardian Herd because they lost track of Star. The warning didn’t help. Now Star’s friends’ lives are in danger! What can he do? This is an amazing book! It reminded me a little bit of the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter, with all of the Herds and all – but it was also very different (not just because it’s about pegasi). I liked it. The Guardian Herd series is very unique and I like that it hooks you right in the first paragraph! I could not put it down! ( Seriously. I didn’t really leave my bean-bag chair at all until I was done… ;) )! Ms. Alvarez is a great author with a descriptive writing style that gets the reader involved. Star is a character you really come to care for. He is a great main character, and is a nice guy pegasi. I like how Star’s character developed during the time he spent exiled in the cave. I love how Ms. Alvarez describes the world of Anok. It felt like I was really there, diving through the trees, galloping through the plains! I thought all the interactions between the herds and members of each herd was interesting. You got to learn about their society and chain of command and such. I can’t wait for the other books in this series! Bonus points for an awesome cover too! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Best book ever just started to read it is a fast read girl in need of sex ayways i am 12 years old
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I can already see that Star is going to become the best horse in history!!!!
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