Kiethara is a descendant from a long line of powerful guardians who have been charged to protect a magical forest since the dawn of time. She prematurely took the place of her mother—the previous guardian—after she was defeated by a man known as Gandador; now, young Kiethara is forced into a position of power and danger. The Spirit of Aaron, the forest's first guardian, awakens to train her legendary powers, all the while hiding unknown truths and secrets of her past. When Gandador returns to destroy the reign of the guardians and rule the forest himself, he brings into the forest a whole new world, and Kiethara must keep in check her overwhelming emotions and experiences in order to control her magic and save the forest.
Wickedly dark yet extremely moving, The Guardians of the Forest explores the burdens of responsibility and the prospects of failure. Kiethara must protect the world's source of power while developing her own, but guarding it becomes difficult when she finds herself kidnapped and taken out of the forest she is bound to protect.
This YA novel draws true-to-form parallels with a normal fifteen-year-olds life. Readers experience how Kiethara bears the weight of an entire world on her shoulders in a humorously sarcastic tone, relying on the friends she makes and the love she discovers to ease the fear of failure to deliver what she has been born to accomplish.
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PS Naughty Reviewers ~ Suzy The Guardians of the Forest: Book One 4.0 out of 5.0 I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next one. You are left at a semi-cliffhanger, although it’s not tortuous. I expected one thing when I saw the cover/ title name and was pleasantly surprised by the storyline itself. The descriptions in the book are light and airy and are too the point—meaning they didn’t overpower the story at hand. Some of the character and place names remind me of some others from books and that is one thing to stray from. I was happy to see the main ones Keithara and Navadar are one’s that the reader does not stumble over upon reading. Keithara’s life is a tedious one filled with duty and Navadar is the one interruption she hadn’t expected. Though her life is boring for the most part, she attempts to find happiness and her new friend seems to bring that and also a new threat of danger. The story takes an unexpected twist about 60% of the way through and I enjoyed it. This climax sort of continued and held until the end. Despite being her first novel this author’s potential can easily be seen. She has star quality and with some polish, I can see this supposed YA (which I think can easily appeal to wider audience), gain momentum in the fantasy realm. Author note: Someone other than the author requested this review.
I could not put this book down. I am recomending the Guardians to everyone I know. Kelly Napoli is a literary genius.