The Guardians of the Forest: Book One

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Kiethara is a descendant from a long line of powerful guardians who have been charged to protect a magical forest since the dawn of time. She prematurely took the place of the previous guardian after she was defeated by a man known as Gandador; now, young Kiethara is forced into a position of power and danger. Wickedly dark yet extremely moving, this novel explores the demands of a legendary duty. More
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Kelly Napoli holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, a minor in English, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Business. She currently works in South Florida. Her primary interests are in Young Adult and Adult Fiction.

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dorothymathewson3432 reviewed on Dec. 14, 2017

A good story for a teen to read
(review of free book)
Stormswift reviewed on Aug. 5, 2016

Enjoyable fantasy read.

Although the book has a somewhat slow start when Kiethara was basically alone in the forest, it was necessary to set the main character of a fabled powerful guardian. As any lonely, isolated person would, she longed for company.

Her world expanded when she met Navadar, her first human friend who became her first love. Whilst he was sweet and initially a good match for her (despite his wariness of magic), the change in his character towards the end of the book was unexpected.

The identity of her father was quite a twist. Kiethara's journey to and brief stay in the city was also an eye-opener for her in various ways.

Eagerly anticipating reading the next book. Deducted 1 star due to the errors that can be corrected with proof-reading.
*Review also published on amazon.
(review of free book)
Michelle Dalson reviewed on March 22, 2014

This is fascinating novel that will leave you anticipating for the next story!
At first, I felt that the story was very slow and rather monotonous. Almost half of the book centered around Kiethara's quiet life in the forest.
However, I became intrigued as soon as Kiethara began her journey as soon as she was out of the forest! I developed greater appreciation for the characters, especially when she and Navadar grew closer and closer to each other. This author did a great job with character development, and that was what kept me hooked onto the story, even during the first several chapters.
I can sense that Kiethara's journey in the sequel will only become more and more interesting. There are so many choices for Kiethara to make, from her duty to save the forest to settling her relationship with Navadar. I look forward to reading the next book!
(review of free book)
Suzy Ayers reviewed on March 15, 2014

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The Guardians of the Forest: Book One 4.0 out of 5.0

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next one. You are left at a semi-cliffhanger, although it’s not tortuous. I expected one thing when I saw the cover/ title name and was pleasantly surprised by the storyline itself. The descriptions in the book are light and airy and are too the point—meaning they didn’t overpower the story at hand.

Some of the character and place names remind me of some others from books and that is one thing to stray from. I was happy to see the main ones Keithara and Navadar are one’s that the reader does not stumble over upon reading.

Keithara’s life is a tedious one filled with duty and Navadar is the one interruption she hadn’t expected. Though her life is boring for the most part, she attempts to find happiness and her new friend seems to bring that and also a new threat of danger.

The story takes an unexpected twist about 60% of the way through and I enjoyed it. This climax sort of continued and held until the end.

Despite being her first novel this author’s potential can easily be seen. She has star quality and with some polish, I can see this supposed YA (which I think can easily appeal to wider audience), gain momentum in the fantasy realm.

Author note: Someone other than the author requested this review.
(review of free book)
Eileen Napoli reviewed on Dec. 23, 2013

The Guardians of the Forest: Book One is the most captivating fiction novel I’ve read this year…Kelly Napoli delivers an epic masterpiece with her debut as an author. Just when I thought there was nothing that new young adult fiction had to offer, Napoli manages to transport her readers to an entirely new world, a world filled with magic and magnificence that comes together to bring the reader on a marvelous adventure with the brave and noble Kiethara.
One of my favorite things about this novel is the immediate affection I developed for Kiethara; her determination to protect the forest from the cunning villain Gandador is unshakeable, as is the love she discovers for the young man Navadar and the admiration she houses for the Spirit of Aaron. Readers will not be able to stop themselves from becoming charmed by her fortitude to accomplish her legendary duties and will find themselves longing to take up her battles with her.
Between the fast-paced plot line and the duty-driven characters, I found myself on the edge of my seat--I can’t wait to get my hands on Book Two of this incredible series.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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