• Title: Guardian
  • Author: Carole Cummings
  • ISBN: 9781610401081
  • Page: 236
  • Format: ebook
  • Guardian Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is what he s about and he doesn t believe in Fate Wilfred Calder has no idea who he is what he s about and has been running from Fate for as long as he can re
    Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he s about, and he doesn t believe in Fate Wilfred Calder has no idea who he is, what he s about, and has been running from Fate for as long as he can remember When Wil is brought in for questioning as a witness to a brutal murder, and subsequently flees, Dallin is dragged by duty into the chaos of ancient myth, fanaticalConstable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he s about, and he doesn t believe in Fate Wilfred Calder has no idea who he is, what he s about, and has been running from Fate for as long as he can remember When Wil is brought in for questioning as a witness to a brutal murder, and subsequently flees, Dallin is dragged by duty into the chaos of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries, all of which seem to hinge on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder The eventual capture of Dallin s quarry only makes matters worse Wil is prickly and full of rage, rebellious and lethal, and tells an unbelievable tale of magic and betrayal that threatens to rock the carefully cultivated foundations of Dallin s world Leery and only half believing, Dallin finds himself questioning not only his own conscience and his half forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him, including those who hold the power of his own country s fate in their hands.

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    1. Epicg and vast and with characters that grew through the book, a world that took root and flourished with every page, with every chapter everything was better.There is so much in this book that I have trouble even trying to pin down the elements that made me love it. I can say this, the writing was solid, the dialogue fantastic, the world building fascinating, and the themes broached were done carefully and so very intelligentlyWil and Dallin the main characters are complex and interesting. They [...]

    2. I just knew that Carole Cummings would not disappoint me after falling in love with her Wolf's Own series (my favourite ever series). This is epic fantasy at its best, the world building is fascinating and the writing flows beautifully.It's one of those books that you really need to take your time mulling over and absorb everything you're being told and almost try to work out what's going on yourself. The relationship between the main characters Wil and Dallin builds up slowly, nothing is rushed [...]

    3. "You fight shackles like a wild animal, but you accept a cage like you belong in one."Ok, seriously, my love is like whoa for this book! I want to sleep with this at night. I want other writers to read this book and take notes. In this book the fantasy, world-building, and the characterizations come first. The author takes the time AND the care to make sure each of these has multiple, detailed layers that unfold for the reader in the best way possible. For someone concerned about the complexity [...]

    4. An excellent read set in a fascinating world where characterization is the focal point. Two men were brought together by fate in a world of magic, murder, politics, and religion. With each chapter, the world slowly unfolds while the characters become more and more complex. The author gives us one puzzle-piece at a time and I was constantly wondering where the next one would fit. I loved how this kept me on my toes. Wil and Dallin totally captivated me. Wil is a tormented soul who just wants to s [...]

    5. This book grabbed my attention and held it from the opening page. It's not a romancet. It is an intriguing fantasy about two men who are caught up in magical and political violence and intrigue, and are finding that neither they nor the world around them are what they had previously believed. Both men are enormously sympathetic and complex characters, and their interactions have a fascination somewhere between a love story and a train wreck. This book is in my top favorites of the year. Might be [...]

    6. Hands Down, No Contest: The Best M/M Book I Have Read Thus FarWhen Carole Cummings wrote this book she got everything right. Everything.The world building in Aisling is complex, well thought out, fresh, multi-layered and brilliant. When the book starts there is no info-dump, so as you read, all of the intricacies of the world Carole Cummings created are slowly revealed. The reader has to pay close attention. The fact that I had to piece things together as I read kept me fully engaged. Magic, rel [...]

    7. The Mother created the Aisling to Dream the threads of man and the Father created the Guardian to guard against his power. Or did he? How much influence do those around us, as well as those who govern over us have to shape and mold our beliefs? And when we’re cultivated to their ideal, how does that war against our own sense of self and reason? These are the questions posed in this novel about warring political factions, the two people they are warring over, and the beliefs that they hold so s [...]

    8. I'm astonished.I don't even know what to say.Okay, so this is fantasy, and it doesn't even have any romance yet! And I LOVED it!The characters - so realistic, both of them, and incredibly lovable.The writing - mind-boggling; basically, CC manages to express an exact, precise emotion in a range of a hundred different ones with three words put together in such a seemingly careless way that I can't figure out how she does it.The mythology/religion - not very developed yet, but definitely intriguing [...]

    9. Wonderful first volume in a new fantasy series. This is the story of Wil Calder, a secretive and gifted young man who is on the run from his captors and Brayden, an honorable officer with the Putnam Constabulary. When Wil is questioned as part of an investigation, magic is suspected and Brayden as the chief investigator is called to question him. Wil escapes and Brayden sets off to capture him, not knowing that his world will be turned upside down as conspiracies are revealed and everything he k [...]

    10. Wilfred Calder is Trouble; or maybe he is just In Trouble; or both. That's yet to decide.He has been in captivity most of his life, secretly used and abused for his powers. Now he is on the run, has been for three years already, when he is "involved" in a murder, but it's not clear if he is just a witness or if he has a part in it. The lawman in charge of getting the truth out of him is Constable Dallin Brayden, a mountain of a man with ten years experience and an uncanny ability to read a man's [...]

    11. YES a rant for all text-to-speech readers, how on earth do you get away with having all the page #No and footer of book read out MID SENTENCE Excerpt to make my point: QUOTE He kept his voice flat, but he couldn't keep his jaw from Aisling Book One:Guardian -5 tightening. He'd thought this was finished. . and have no way to turn it off for339 fucking pages. This is a great book but. . . NOT TEXT-TO-SPEECH FRIENDLY AT ALL AND THE AUDIOBOOK'S PRODUCTION QUALITY WAS SO BAD I RETURNED IT, THE NARRA [...]

    12. I can’t find the appeal of this book. It’s boring, heavy going and there is no plot! Only Wil the whole time “poor guy but he has pride, poor guy but he takes a bath, poor guy but he has apples…”. I didn’t pay this book to read Wil’s dear diary!I don’t understand why this is m/m, or romance, or fantasy, or a novel… Seriously, what genre is this book? None I recognize, I’m afraid.Everyone loved it! Is it really the same book?So, no, thanks, Carole Cummings

    13. This is a story about fate and how you fight it and how you have to accept surrender sometimes, but also how you can still be yourself against the machinations of destiny.In his dreams Wil weaves the lives and destinies of people and countries. He is used and abused, oppressed, but he also never gives in to defeat. His self is hidden behind the masks he wears to engage the world, but his core, his pride remains unreachable to the greedy hands of the people who want a piece of him.Dallin is a man [...]

    14. This is one bandwagon I'm thrilled I hopped on! Yes, it's that good. Read the reviews. Extremely engaging, unpredictable, addictive, smart story with such vivid characters. Both Dallin and Wil are fantastic, but Wil the "vicious little shit who never bloody quit" is a tiny bit ahead at this point. I didn't expect this level of banter and humor along with everything else. Very well rounded and balanced. On to Book 2!

    15. Exceptionally well done fantasy. The world is interesting, complex, and well built. Must read the rest of the series now. It's nice to see if there is going to be any romance it's going to be very slow moving these characters are in no position for any of that right now.

    16. What?! I need the next book, now!No romance, yet, but an awesome story. I loved the characters and the world building.

    17. As a teen I'd often wait until the family had gone to bed, then I'd switch on my bedside lamp, reading late into the night. If I'd been recently busted for being up after lights out, I'd hide under the covers with a favorite read and a flashlight. The worlds created in the pages of books transported me to another place and time. Sweeping epics carried me away, and before I knew it, I'd stayed up much too late. Again.Fast forward a few years. Okay, a lot of years. The words are viewed through bif [...]

    18. I won this book this book at Reviews by Jessewave and immediately started reading it, since I was in the mood for some fantasy. Carole Cummings was an author new to me and now I can safely say this isn't going to be the last of her books I'm going to read.Ms. Cummings had decided on the road less traveled by fantasy writers - she throws you in the middle of the story and in the middle of her world and you have to read and learn about it throughout the book. There is no info-dump here, which is m [...]

    19. Guardian is the beginning of this trilogy series well crafted by Carole Cummings. It is a fantasy world where there are opposing political factions. It is a world where there is a Father, a Mother, and the gifts bestowed to one another as the Guardian and the Aisling. There is magic. There are dreams and guns. There are battles - violence is no stranger to this world. And there is the beginnings of a very intriguing plot and romance.Constable Dallin Brayden was only twelve years old when he esca [...]

    20. I spent my Christmas weekend devouring this book, enjoying everything about the story, and wanting to get my hands on books two and three of this trilogy well before the publisher will allow.The world-building is full and complete -- a definite flavor of eighteenth century England, but with some important differences, particularly of religion, for here, magic works, even if its practice is severely regulated and greatly frowned upon, and the deities reach out their hands and touch the mortals. I [...]

    21. Excellent. Wonderful writing, unbelievably good world building and such well drawn, complex characters that continue to reveal themselves with every chapter. This book is just the beginning of Wil and Dallin's journey and I am starting the next book immediately. There is no romance and no sex in this book and, for a self proclaimed perv, I am surprised to say that I didn't miss it. It's too soon in the story and I applaud Ms. Cummings for not throwing it in 'just 'cuz'. After reading a story of [...]

    22. Re-read time!!! Man do I love this book.Just finished this book for the second time. It is even more brilliant this time through. I have more knowledge, more understanding and Wil and Dallin are even that more amazing. I had forgotten about Dallin's Wil lessons. Too funny!!!

    23. Although the story is firmly grounded in the fantasy genre, complete with a little bit of magic and some glimpses of a deeper mythology, it almost reads like an old-school story of frontier justice, given new life through the elements (if not the setting) of a more contemporary police procedural. It’s a mingling of genres that could be problematic, but which actually works very well. The first time we move from a contemporary good cop/bad cop interrogation, to an old fashioned western bar braw [...]

    24. Holy cow, is this book long-winded. Pages and pages of a scene that could have been just a few paragraphs. And the dialogue, god, so frustratingly slow. Various pieces of information tend to be repeated at least three times, the POV character has a lot of thoughts and observations, and it's all pretty much useless. I also don't enjoy being told what to think about every damn thing other characters say, thanks, Dallin. The sad thing is that the premise is interesting, it really is. After the firs [...]

    25. I am glad I read this novel based on reader reviews rather than my own interest. This may have a young adult tag, but it is truly an excellent fantasy novel, with the barest hint of M/M romance (although this may change to more than a hint or two in the remaining novels)Cummings has built a complex world for the two MC's - Wil Calder, aka Aisling or the Chosen, and Constable Brayden Dallin, who may also have another identity. The reader enters this complex world with basically no background with [...]

    26. This book is almost impossible to evaluate on its own, because it's so obviously building up to another. By itself, I would say that it toes the line of obfuscation, but does so gently and beautifully, so that you yearn to follow the threads being woven to see where they lead. There is a small amount of internal resolution, but it gets swept away in favor of the bigger picture being revealed. And unfortunately, you just barely start to see the shape of things emerging from the weave when it runs [...]

    27. This is another good example of Cummings' intensely character-focused style. If you like character and angst, you'll like her books. Cummings also does a fine job of world building, but she really shines with the character stuff.I'm not as engaged with the plot of this series as with the Wolf's-Own books, but this is still quite a good read. Note, though, that this is truly serial in nature, and not just the first novel in a series. What I mean is that you will NOT get a complete story arc withi [...]

    28. Just finished this one. The wiring was beautiful, and I couldn't put it down, but there was a problem, a very big one. The book was more then 300 pages long, but the story could have been told with a 100 pages. So much space went on the two main characters, their feelings and thoughts, it was insane. A good editor would have told the author to focus on the story and the plot. I really feel like what i've read is a short story that was way too long. Many scenes just went on and on, and nothing re [...]

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