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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars "Same book, different cover!" Oct. 27 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was most impressed with Wells' previous series "The Book of the Kingdoms" and the "Godwars." So therefore I was eager to read his newest book. I thought I would be taken on another thrilling ride, I was most disappointed. This book for all intents and purposes is a rehashing of the other series, particularly Godwars. Here we have a noble fleeing from his/her troubles with a guardian/protector and being presued by a sorcerer/wizard, we encounter waring clans who are not united, we get past them learn what our magical talent is, use it to solve our problems then triumph. It would have been easier and more accepted, if Wells had just tacked this book onto one of his other series. His style of writing hasn't even changed any. I think that next time, if there is a next time, I will examine his book more thoroughly before I decide to buy it. A great disappointment from a promising author.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dec 5 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book, but from reading other reviews, i guess you have to read this before reading his other books. This is my first book by Angus Wells, and maybe that is why it did not seem repetitve to me. I think the character Gailard was a bit puppyish, running after master Shara and being quite obviously destined for her, as I felt when I read the books blurb. Also, Ellyn isn't really spoiled at all, belying the potential humor the blurb offers. Still, the story is well put together and makes sense for the most part.
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