Guardian of the Trust (Merlins Descendants, #2) by Irene RadfordThis is the second book in a series of novels focusing on the mythical bloodline of Merlin. This story is set about 800 years after “Guardian of the Balance,” which places the story in the 13th century. The protagonist of this novel is Resmiranda Griffin, nicknamed Ana. She is the descendent of Arthur and Wren many generations down the line. The story takes place during the rule of King John Plantagenet, best know as the villainous King John from the story of Robin Hood, i.e. Robin Locksley. This story takes place many years after the Robin Hood tales, Robin Locksley is still against the King, but he is not the main male character nor even still actively antagonizing the King. The King has been ensorcelled by his half-brother Radburn Blakely who’s mother was half demon. Blakely wishes to rule Britain and only Resmiranda has the heritage and inherited power to resist him. While Resmiranda has to fight with herself to embrace her “pagan” magic which is abhorred by her Christian upbringing.
There are many references to places and people from the “Guardian of the Balance” but if you haven’t read “Guardian of the Balance” it does not deter from “Guardian of the Trust.” As this book deals with a completely new set of characters, the references from “Guardian of the Balance” just give a sense of history behind the story, but doesnt revel plot secrets.
Radburn does a wonderful job of mixing historical fact with fiction to provide us with a magical tale. King John is not the villain I thought he was, he is a conflicted and complicated character like most of Radburn’s characters. And Resmiranda has a deep inner struggle that allows most of the plots conflicts to be internal rather than external. The writing style of “Guardian of the Truth” was a much easier read than “Guardian of the Balance.” The story seemed to just flow easily in and out of history seamlessly. Resmiranda is a strong woman and in a time when women had little power, Resmiranda is written into very powerful role and is very relatable and likable. This was a quick read for me, I was drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down, I read the whole book in two days. This felt like a book written by an experienced writer who knows what makes a good story. Guardian of the Truth is a great historical fiction novel.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Stay home on Saturday week. The nation's high streets will be mobbed by parents and children stampeding to obtain not the latest faddish toy or computer game or movie spin-off merchandise, but a book. You know, one of those old-fashioned things, pre-audiobooks and e-novels, with lots of words printed on crisp white pages snugly bound between hard covers. In any other circumstances, this would be cause for stunned rejoicing. The book is not dead, long live the book, etc. But, frankly, it depends on the book. If people were fighting to buy Seamus Heaney's sizzling translation of Beowulf, or David Cairns's riproaring biography of Berlioz, or even my own action-packed life of Shakespeare, I would naturally be uncorking champagne and running jaunty standards up the nation's literary flagpoles.
The Harry Potter series are described as 'children books', however, in my opinion, whether you're twelve or twenty two, I highly recommend them!! Now after a long summer and some aunt abusing antics , Harry is back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with his trusty best friends: Ron and Hermione. Yet, secret and mysterious things are happening in the wizarding world, and Harry is not safe from the dark and dangerous people at large. Who is the infamous Sirius Black, who escaped from the notorious wizard prison: Azkaban? And what could the fugitive Black possibly want with Harry? Harry, Ron and Hermione, spend another magical year at Hogwarts, where Harry learns far more about his past then he could have expected.
The brand new cover for the Prisoner of Azkaban:
JK Rowling - Joanne to her friends - conjured up Harry Potter and his wizard school, Hogwarts, while stuck on a train to Manchester nine years ago. In book one, the orphaned year-old is sent off by his beastly uncle and aunt to Hogwarts, where for the first time in his short and troubled life he finds himself among kindred spirits. He's no longer an oddity but a bit of a hero - a wizard at the treacherous airborne sport of quidditch, who can handle a broomstick like no one else, but is not above getting himself into the most fearful scrapes. Over the series of what will be seven books looms the spectre of Voldemort, an evil genius who murdered Harry's parents, and may at any time come back to get Harry. In the latest volume Harry and his friends have reached the disorientating middle years of adolescence. The Prisoner of Azkaban is correspondingly darker and more fragmented.
Publisher Bloomsbury is furious that the cult children's book, which is outselling Thomas Harris's much-trumpeted new Hannibal Lecter thriller by five to one, will not be included in the main list. Harry Potter's many fans won't be happy either. But Caroline Gascoigne, literary editor of the Sunday Times, insists that the Harry books should not be included on the adult list alongside works of literature like the book of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phanton Menace. We have never included children's books on our main bestseller list, it's as simple as that. That is why Harry is on the children's list instead. She would not be swayed by the fact that Bloomsbury has produced "adult" versions of the Harry stories with less colourful covers so that older readers would not be embarrassed to read them in public. Ms Gascoigne said she would never give in to pressure from publishers.
It was amazing, funny and frightening! For a start the description was just excellent!! The authors words and phrases gave you a vivid picture in your head while you were reading. The second thing I liked about this book was the fact that all the characters were well picked very carefully! My favourite character was Hermione Granger who is a geek clever and eager to learn also always answering all questions.