The Guardian's Chronicles - A New Dawn

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
It all begins in a small village in Clayton, where a seemingly ordinary girl is led to understand that we are not alone in this world. Her name is Sahara, and her only friend is a voice from within. Faced with what seems like an impossible task Sahara must face many trials before she can begin her journey and fulfill her destiny. More

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About Ann H Barlow

Ann Henrietta Barlow was born in Dumfries, Scotland and moved to England at the age of 14.

She has traveled extensively and has become familiar with many different cultures.

Ann currently lives between Stavanger, Norway and Dubai with her husband Guy.

About the Series: The Guardians Chronicles
It all begins in a small village in Clayton, where a seemingly ordinary girl must leave everything behind and set off on a journey that leads her to understand that we are not alone in this world.

Also in Series: The Guardians Chronicles

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Review by: Barb The Reading Cafe on May 9, 2012 :
A New Dawn by Ann Barlow is the first book in her Guardian Chronicles series. It is a story of an epic event that threatens the world as we know it. It is a story of good vs evil.

Sahara is the heroine in this story. Since she was a child, Sahara has seen much death to those close to her. She feels jinxed, but all this changes when she begins to feel something change within herself. She is linked to Romero, a Guardian, who is a protector and not human, but he is good. It is Romero, who has been captured by the evil Barak, who links mentally with Sahara to teach her how to use her new powers.

The dark and evil Barak is the one who must be stopped, as he currently is taking over the world, residing within the body of the President of the United States. There is a lot of violence in this book, but not over the top. The last 1/4 of the book was exciting, as the plan to free Romero goes full force, with the threat of losing to the dark and destroying humanity.

I thought the concept of the story was interesting. I liked Sahara as the heroine, and Romero was good too. But I felt that the one thing that kept me from making this a 4 star, was that the beginning was somewhat of a slow start, and that Barlow used too many secondary characters, many with their own chapters, thereby causing some confusion, especially early on. But Ann Barlow did a good job with her overall writing leading to the climatic ending.

Barb
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(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Rebecca Lovatt on Sep. 6, 2011 :
A New Dawn is a fantastic read; with captivating narrative, great descriptions, and characters you come to think of as read. The story is face-paced, and gripping; with hardly any dull moments. Ann Barlow has proven herself to be a fantastic author, and I'm looking forward to the second book of the Guardian Chronicles; as well as all her future writings.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Jaqueline Sartori on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Ann Barlow was very fortunate with her book. I think the Sahara's saga and the Guardians is amazing! The narrative shows us how love and purity of heart must be among all of mankind. I know it's just the first volume, but I'm already thinking on how Sahara will handle with the evil in the next books!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Jaqueline Sartori on Aug. 29, 2011 : (no rating)
Ann Barlow was very fortunate with her book. I think the Sahara's saga and the Guardians is amazing! The narrative shows us how love and purity of heart must be among all of mankind. I know it's just the first volume, but I'm already thinking on how Sahara will handle with the evil in the next books!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Trevor Waite on Aug. 26, 2011 :
Once I started this book I couldnt put it down. Sahara really captivated me from the beginning. first the probs with nasty Nigel and then how she handled herself when everything around her was going crazy.
Loved the climax it was very imaginative and the end, I love gore.
I found the pace of the book was excellent and there was never a dull moment except perhaps the grannie but other than that some really good characters. got a bit confused as to where Amara came from but am told this will unfold in volume 2.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Rita West on Aug. 20, 2011 :
I want to be Sahara Driver! Not only is she gorgeous but she gets to kick some serious ass. Although I felt it was obvious that Nigel would soon be history I still loved it when she got her own back on him. My fave part was when she was building up her powers, it was very gripping.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Harry on Aug. 6, 2011 :
I found the book to be well written with a fantastic pacing. Their is violence in there, but not so over the top as to be distracting. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. The narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic plot and characters you feel you know personally, is incredibly compelling. It's entertaining, and in places disturbing. It doesn't hold any punches. The main character is a young girl and the actual violence would probably count as PG-13 nowadays. All in all, I highly recommend this book. I imagine I will be pre-ordering as soon as the 2nd volume is available.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Jonathan Deans on Aug. 1, 2011 :
A budding writer myself, the book encouraged my own imagination as it was a display of the author's love for all things imaginative. It is clear to see from her new book ' The Guardians Chronicles A New Dawn' that imagination is certainly not something lacking. I found myself engrossed from the very first page. I loved the characters (especially Barak) It's an incredible story and I greatly anticipate the sequel.”
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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