Guardian Legacy, #1

What if you woke up one day and the whole world was not as you thought it was? Everything that you thought you knew and could trust was forever altered. Lil Falcon, newly sixteen, has encountered just such a situation. Her grandfather has been her rock and only family since she was a baby. She has always believed that they are descended from gypsies. For a time, Lil and her grandfather even travelled with a carnival, where her grandfather performed magic acts. Lil was quite content with her life and who she was. Then, one day, a handsome, not-so-human teenager named Bran Llyr reaches out to Lil and begins to communicate with her using telepathy. He needs her grandfather’s help. What he reveals to her about her grandfather and herself that day is almost more than she can comprehend.

Bran tells Lil that her grandfather is a nephilim Cardinal Guardian from a parallel universe. He is charged with protecting humans from evil demons, a demon hunter. Lil knows better than to believe what she is told by a complete stranger, especially something as farfetched as this, but after confronting her grandfather, the truth comes out. Not only was Bran right about who her grandfather is, but Lil runs right into another mind-jarring revelation. She discovers that she is also a born Guardian destined to one day be a Cardinal Guardian. Her powers are greater than anyone could have imagined. Lil’s grandfather encourages her to learn how to control her powers and master them. Unfortunately, she isn’t sure what she wants to do yet. Everything is just happening so fast. She is still coming to grips with the fact that she is not quite human, not to mention that she can basically control earth elements and communicate with telepathy. She is also having a devil of a time keeping Bran Llyr out of her mind because he keeps popping up and making her feel things she has never felt before.

AWAKENED is the first book in the GUARDIAN LEGACY series by Ednah Walters and it definitely makes a favorable impression. The main characters, Lil and her grandfather, are easy to become fond of because of their strong bond as family. Likewise, Lil’s bonds of friendship with her fellow Guardians in Training and with Bran are very well detailed by the author and you cannot help but like all of them by the time you get to the end of the story.

There are many unexpected twists and turns to the plot of AWAKENED and the author successfully keeps the reader off balance until the end. This is definitely not a predictable book by any means. It was entertaining and fast-paced until the last page. I would absolutely recommend this book to readers who are fans of the young adult paranormal genre. AWAKENED is the total package. It is a book about family ties and secrets, loyalty and camaraderie of friends, and budding romance, not to mention some really wicked fight scenes. If you are looking for a new Young Adult series to start, definitely consider giving AWAKENED a try.

Book Blurb for Awakened

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 5.00