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An avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels all of my life, I live with my family in the rural hills of Kentucky along with our four cats. When not acquiring ferocious felines for my wife's plan of world domination (cat armies are terribly hard to train), I enjoy spinning stories from the wisps of magic around me.
on Dec. 10, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't usually read this type of fantasy novel, but it really kept me interested and entertained.
Keegan is about 30 years old in a mundane job, feeling bored with his life. Then one day he meets a black cat and his life changes for ever. He is whisked into a world of magic and danger, where wizards rule and magic prevails. Keegan learns something about his ancestry that he didn't know and finds out that he may soon be responsible for saving the entire world. The Guardian's Apprentice is a satisfying fantasy adventure. There are many weird and wonderful characters. I would recommend this to readers of fantasy novels, young adult and adult. I like the way the author has created another world with its own history and rules. There are lots of twists and turns in this story with some gripping action scenes. It's well written with a cast of characters who come alive on the page. This is the first book in the series and I will definitely be reading book two!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 02, 2011 :
J. Michael Radcliffe's 'The Guardian's Apprentice' is very familiar territory, just as satisfying to me as the subject of magic and the mundane could ever be. This strong story is the opening of a much wider tale, and puts us at the very edge of the veil between the worlds - the veil that keeps magic and power from overwhelming an unknowing humanity. It is the task of the Guardian to protect that division, and now, in Mr. Radcliffe's telling, one of the humble mortals must take up that task. Why he was selected, when powerful wizards and witches crave the position, that is the meat of the whole story.
Filled with urgency, darkness, and confusion, 'The Guardian's Apprentice' wants us to believe the one thing most difficult to believe, something that character Keegan Whitestone must believe in spite of himself; magic is very real, and it can be misused. As is proper in such lessons, comes the realization that time itself is running out. It is fun to prod Keegan - a very likeable, if not very cooperative fellow - prod him, and make him hurry. It is so much easier, and more fun, to believe in magic than to resist.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)