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Guardian of the Gauntlet by Lenita Sheridan

Guardian of the Gauntlet

by Lenita Sheridan

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This book was very descriptive, particularly about the landscape and creatures who live in it, I liked that as it made me feel as though I could imagine it in my mind, however sometimes the placing of some of the descriptions got a little in the way of the flow of the story. I didn't quite like the character of Prince Denir, he was a little too condescending and insensitive for my liking, however I liked both the princesses, particularly that they both doubted themselves for entirely different reasons. I would love to learn more about the history of the Gauntlet and hope that the author covers that in another book, I particularly liked that the Gauntlet wasn't magical but that it was powered by belief in a higher power. I'd also like to see the relationship between Princess Camari and Prince Isryk develop in another book, I kept wanting to say to Princess Camari to forget all about Denir because Isryk is so much nicer! Overall I thought this was a great book for kids in the 8-12 age group and would definitely recommend it to others. ( )
  JaneBlythe | Mar 10, 2016 |
Guardian of the Gauntlet Book I and Book II are really entertaining and fun fantasy adventure stories for young readers!

These books are full of princesses/princes/magic/monsters etc. Basically, it has everything I would have wanted to read during my childhood!

The writing is descriptive and keeps the story flowing well. It is not too advanced where younger readers would struggle, nor is it to easy that older readers grow bored.

I wholeheartedly recommend these books to young readers/parents of young readers. Important to note that while the main protagonist is a young princess, the story is definitely not aimed towards one gender over the other. Young men fill the pages of these stories just as much as the young women. I think boys and girls would enjoy reading these books.

Lenita Sheridan, you did a wonderful job bringing together an exciting and amusing story. I'm excited to see what you do next! :) ( )
  AuthorSamBritt | Sep 9, 2015 |
I received a free copy of this book for review.

I'm not a parent, but I reckon that the delightful, original and highly imaginative adventures of Princesses Camari and Mila, Prince Denir and the magical silver gauntlet would probably be most appreciated by children aged 8-13. It would also work well as a story to be read aloud to younger children. This book has a very attractive cover design, which would capture the imagination of the target audience of middle school children. It certainly excited my interest.

The highlight of the book for me was the journey of Princess Camari and Prince Isryk through the wetlands to find the witch Bogwina. During this adventure they encounter several fascinating creatures, such as the Gorbul Monster, the creelugs and the lorvids, not to mention the zarfish which they encounter on their sea journey back to the kingdom of Harroway. Besides being very entertaining, the story also teaches the lessons of believing in yourself and in a Higher power, loyalty and friendship, courage and doing the right thing, no matter how challenging it might be. The heartbreak of unrequited love and jealousy would also be recognisable to most young people. Although the book draws on mainly Western mythological tradition, I think that young readers of all cultures would identify with the characters and their quests.

There are several small errors in the text, which would benefit from the attentions of a competent copy editor. I feel that the author spent a bit too much time describing non plot-relevant issues, such as the layout of the castle (particularly so early on in the book), and a bit too little time developing the characters into fully three-dimensional, believable beings. I think that the book could actually benefit from being considerably longer, which would allow for a deeper and richer reading experience. There are so many adventures and so much happening that it often felt a bit rushed. If the plot and characters are engaging enough (as they certainly are in this book) children will remain interested enough to continue reading, even if the book is longer.

However, even in its current form, this book is a delightful, fun, and worthwhile read. I'm sure that the target audience would love it. ( )
  LisaPicard | Sep 6, 2015 |
Sadly I didn’t enjoy Guardian of the Gauntlet as much as I’d have liked. But considering it’s Lenita’s debut book it shows a lot of potential for future books.

Everything throughout this short book is exceptionally well described, but too much so. Because of the descriptions, the story felt choppy and boring in places. The flow of the story was also fast and a little difficult to follow.

There is a lot of potential though, but the balance of description and story line needs a little more work.

Lenita is definitely an author to watch in the future.

NB I received this book free for an honest review ( )
  theReadingHead | Aug 20, 2015 |
I rated this a 5 star because in the genre it's written in, it fits well. An older style fairy tale that has creelugs and zarfish and other oddities, and classic plots about sisters and unrequited love. It's often narrative, like fairy tales, and has enough adventure and plot twists to hold your interest. Good to read to younger kids, and nothing disturbing enough to bother any young listeners. The ending is also like a fairy tale, with a few things settled, but leaving a taste for more. ( )
  GeoffreySaign | Sep 1, 2014 |
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I wish to dedicate this book to all my friends in the InterVarsity Graduate Student Fellowship at the University of Washington.  May the light and love of Christ shine throughout their hearts and lives.
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When sisters, Princesses Camari and Mila, meet Prince Denir, they soon find he has a special gauntlet. This gauntlet only works if one has faith in a higher power. Using this gauntlet, Denir turns Camari invisible. When he is called off to war, Camari is left in the predicament of being invisible. Camari is left in the predicament of being invisible. She must learn not only how to turn herself visible again, but how to outwit two wicked characters.… (more)

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