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The Guardian [Mass Market Paperback]

Angus Wells
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Oct. 6 1998 Bantam Spectra Book
Angus Wells has imagined a magnificent new novel of vengeance, courage, and adventure--an electrifying tale of a noble warrior willing to lay down his life in the name of honor....

Aided by the dark magic of an evil sorcerer, a merciless army seeks to conquer the peaceful province of Chaldor. After Chaldor's king meets his death in battle, his queen urges the region's fiercest warrior, Gailard the Highlander, to carry out one final mission. She asks--and Gailard consents--to protect the royal daughter, Princess Ellyn, until she is old enough to gain her hereditary powers and win back her father's kingdom. But Gailard knows the enemy is closing in. In desperation, he turns to Shara, an enigmatic sorceress--and the only one with the power to help the pair survive. Shara vows to lead Gailard and Ellyn to their destiny. But will it be one of triumph...or destruction?

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A reluctant soldier.  A spoiled princess.  A recipe for destiny. . . or disaster?

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A reluctant soldier. A spoiled princess. A recipe for destiny. . . or disaster?

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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy going fantasy novel May 17 2002
The Guardian is xtra-light fantasy with all the common cliches to be expected in such literature: There're the good guys'n girls, who do (almost) everything right, motivated by most honorful intentions. Then there are the ultimately bad guys, who're soulless powermongers and who get either killed or converted (okay, in that case they werent that bad). And in the end the hero gets the (smart) girl (surprise, surprise: the leading female character actually isn't the guardian's ward, which serves as quite a positive twist), the other girl (the ward) gets the good-looking guy, and the smart guy (the hero's sidekick who is providing the most pleasureable scenes) gets the cute girl. At the end, the good ones are all united and everybody is happy and all smiles. Including the reader who just enjoyed a straightforward, easy-going tale with all the ingredients needed for a solid fantasy novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one kept me up late. Oct. 11 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Queen of Chaldor foresaw the death of her husband in battle. Aided by an evil Vachyn sorcerer, Talon would conquer the castle. She gave the region's fiercest warrior, Gailard (a Highlander), the task of spiriting Princess Ellyn away and guarding her with his life until such time Ellyn was old enough to gain her hereditary powers, defeat Talon, and regain the throne.
Gailard and Ellyn had no love for each other. With Ellyn at the awkward age between child and woman, she had no understanding of the burdens of commanding armies, politics, magic, and zero patience. They gain an unlikely ally in Shara, another Vachyn. Shara promises to teach Ellyn the magic while Gailard teaches the princess how to battle in combat. Then, somehow, they must raise an army, defeat the mighty sorcerer, kill Talon, and regain the kingdom.
It sounded like fun!
***** An excellent Fantasy book! This one will keep its readers up well into the night. Non-stop, I hardly had time to breathe, much less, do anything in reality. Order out for pizza and settle in for a fantastic tale! *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guardian Review Feb. 6 2001
By lala
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The characters did fall in love a bit too quick but I really enjoyed this book. I am young and do not enjoy reading much but I actually enjoyed reading this book and spent my free time on it (no school project or anything). I thought this book was great and I think that young people would enjoy this book because of its setting and theme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good June 6 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was exciting. I was caught up in the book in the second chapter when Gailard swore to protect Ellyn, even though neither of them liked each other. It was fast paced and had a lot of action and character conflicts. True, the characters did fall in love quickly, but that was its only major flaw, but I don't think its a bad one!! Read it for yourself to decide if you like it or not!!
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