Author: Sandra Waugh
|Book Rating: 4/5|
|Bottom Line: I Can’t Wait to Read More!|
“A beautifully realized world, a unique voice, and a compelling, action-packed story. This is a striking debut novel with a lovely folkloric flavor.” —Juliet Marillier, author of Wildwood Dancing
Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.
Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.
The love story isn’t overwhelming and didn’t make me gag once. It was simply sweet and not overdone, which makes me very happy when reading a YA book that isn’t over the top with a dumb girl doing dumb things. There are creatures brought to life with wonderful storytelling, so easy to believe that I was already picturing the story as a movie in my head. It’s ready for the screen already.
As Lark is the first of 4 Guardian’s, we can definitely expect more books in the series, and I would be happy if there was a book for each Guardian and maybe another tying everything together. I can’t wait to read more!
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review