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Author: Nikolas Lee
Pages: 264
Published: July 6, 2013
Genre: YA, Middle Grade, Fantasy (Mythology)
Rating: 5/5

This book blew my mind. I have never used the goodreads description for a book before, but I like the description that is provided so I’ll use that as the summary:

“Year 2300
Protea: Capitol of the Eldanarian Isle

Two hundred years have passed since the lands of the Outerworld humans were destroyed, save but a handful of rebellious cities. In their ruin, the last gods of Earth, the Illyrians, rose victorious. And ever since, it’s with a cruel iron fist they’ve ruled over their subjects–desperate to keep their thrones.

Fast approaching his teens, Ionikus Reaves knows the gods’ malevolence all too well, orphaned by them after their call for a military draft on Eldanar, his home island. But when a power once dormant in Ion boils to the surface, he’s whisked off to a hidden world of the island, where he comes face-to-face with the mighty Illyrians.

For Ion is a Guardian–a reincarnated god bound to serve and protect the pantheon he’s so quickly learned to hate. Now torn between his obligations as a Guardian and his hatred of the gods he’s to guard, Ion finds himself in the middle of a war within himself. A war that could uncover a dark secret of the gods’…and split the pantheon in two.”

I was given this book for review from the author on goodreads and I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. From the first chapter on I was completely enthralled. The last few chapters blew my mind and the last sentence of the book left me wanting more! An absolutely brilliant beginning to what I hope will continue to be an amazing set of books. The second book “The Iron Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon” came out this year and it has definitely been bumped up to the top of my TBR list. I predict great things to come from Nikolas Lee!

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