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  • A Warden's Purpose

  • Wardens of Issalia, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey L. Kohanek
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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A Warden's Purpose

By: Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
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Summary

An academy of magic and science. Another focused on military excellence. Deadly secrets await - secrets that lead to murder.

Everson is brilliant, ingenious, and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. 

Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother.

When Everson is sent to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn joins a military school to remain near her brother. However, things within the fabled institutions are not what they seem. Beneath a mantra of good intentions and the objective of a better future, spies and conspiracies lurk.

Quinn becomes embroiled in a struggle she doesn't understand - one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination might help her survive. If she only knew whom she could trust.

Within the other school, Everson learns about a dangerous power known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he focuses on melding Chaos with science, dreaming up inventions that would shape the future. Perceptive, imaginative, and curious, his endeavors lead him to a revelation that could change the world.

And then, he discovers the truth.

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Absolutely brilliant YA fantasy!

A Warden's Purpose had me from the first page, from the moment we are introduced to Everson as he sits there, being interrogated for something of which we are still unaware, and he looks down at his thin, twisted, and useless legs. Goodness, my heart bled already by then. And I absolutely loved him throughout the book.

But he wasn't the only fantastic character in this story.

As Everson is accepted into an academy to do engineering, his whole family ends up travelling to the city, and his sister Quinn enrols in a military school nearby. And she is something to behold, people! Sweet, kind, nurturing, but badass, strong, and stubborn, Quinn is a force to be reckoned with. I loved her from the moment she appeared, much like her brother. Their stories are different but similar, with them finding their place in their individual schools and making friends (and enemies) while pouring their heart and soul into their training. Of course, events soon take a darker turn and place them in danger, where not everyone around them is who they thought they were. And the threads are expertly weaved together, as the true enemies are revealed by the end. Fantastic!

I devoured this book (or audiobook, more accurate), and sure, I ended up having time at work doing a long drive and whatever else, but whenever I set my phone aside, I looked forward to the next time I could pick it back up, only to find out what happened next. For someone who prefers adult, darker fantasy, this YA had me hooked in a way I seldom experience. I can, therefore, safely recommend it to any YA lovers out there. Trust me; this one is brilliant.

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I really enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed it, the pace was done well, found the magic system intresting too

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  • Amanda M.
  • 14-09-19

It's good.

worth the credit and I will be reading more, however I felt the story was too one dimensional. I haven't felt the rich more and worldbuilding I think this story would be improved by. hoping to see more of that in the future.

I did like the framing of the story from the beginning, though, and I felt the author used an even hand in marrying the two storylines.

The romance plot fell a bit flat for me, and there are a couple of r/menwritingwomen moments in Quinn's sections.

overall a good book and I will be recommending it to my friends who have teen readers.

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  • EchoSniper
  • 08-04-19

Fantastic!

This book turned out to be much more then I was expecting. Great prose and excellent exposition made this book a true gem. A narrator I haven't heard of brought the story to life like few can.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-19

Decent book

A little long in the tooth. I listened through Audible. Death, intrigue, magic all this but the story was lacking something I can't put my finger on. This book didn't keep me interested enough to read the next book.

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  • Sigríður
  • 19-07-22

Slow slog and boring despite interesting concept

I found this book quite boring and mostly because of the style of writing.
I’d read a lot of reviews before I bought it at a sale, but even though I knew partly what to expect and so lowered my expectations, I found that it was a chore to get through.
There is so much unnecessary stuff going on that shadow what is important and worth writing about. The style is overly pompous and droll, and rather than allowing the reader to immerse in the narrative and discover where it is leading us, it keeps telling us in advance and explaining as if it was a book for pre-teens.
Also, I can’t say I really know or care about the MC’s as I feel they were the backdrop to the story the way it was told; as if they were just props.
I’ll not be returning the book but neither am I investing in the sequels.