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Guardian of the Freedom by Irene Radford

Guardian of the Freedom

by Irene Radford

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Although this is the fifth in the series, you don't need to read the previous ones to be able to enjoy it, which was the case for me. Guardian of the Freedom had an unusual blend of magic, rebellion, politics, and romance, but it works! Georgie is a strong, multi-talented protagonist that you can't help but cheer on. True, some of the plot twists are predictable, but it was an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading the previous books in the series! ( )
  madamediotte | Jan 5, 2014 |
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This installment is set in the time of the Revolutionary War, and moves the Kirkwood family from Great Britain to America. And thank goodness Radford went back to her same style as her first two in the series. Thank goodness! I sped through the book. This story had a lot more politics than magic, but the story was still enthralling. ( )
  Serinde24 | Mar 26, 2013 |
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I received this ebook through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. I don't often jump into a series in the middle, however Radford has told this story in a way that provides the needed background in a manner that shouldn't bog down those who have read all the books. This book has everything going for it, a strong woman who defies tradition and expected roles, a spin on Arthurian legend, and is set during a fascinating time period (brink of American Revolution). I greatly enjoyed Radford's Guardian of the Freedom and am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. ( )
  pennyshima | Dec 6, 2012 |
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Bleh. I am clearly not the target audience for this book. I would have to guess the audience is the classic tween girl. The heroine of this story... well, the author makes a big deal of her breaking gender stereotypes, but refuses to address the issue beyond that. There are no consequences for this behavior, there are no real tensions over it, there's no value to it except to weakly attempt to make the heroine seem more special and superior. Further, the lead always happens to just be in the right place at the right time, can do anything better than anyone else, happens to know all the big name people, and conveniently manages to tie herself into a historical narrative where suddenly this fictitious character is at the center of a lot actions undertaken by genuine historical figures. The author loves to include lots of details that show off her research, but then turns everyone, good and bad, into an archetype character with little nuance or complication. And the whole thing comes across like a Mary Sue. ( )
  laurion | Nov 6, 2012 |
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The book tells us the story of Georgie Kirkwood, a strong woman who has to hide her own femininity... The idea for the plot is quite interesting but I didn't enjoy the result. It is difficult to write a book in the 1st person narrative without being too pretentious and artificial, and, in my honest opinion, the author did not pass this test. I also don't really understant the switch between the narrators (from the 1st to the 3rd person narrative) in the chapters and the book seemed a bit too predictable at times... ( )
  Kaczencja | Oct 23, 2012 |
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In memory of Miriam Elizabeth Bentley Radford February 14, 1915-August 27, 2004
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"YOU can't do it," Captain Roderick Whythe scoffed.
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Set in the time of the American Revolution, Guardian of the Freedom takes the magical destiny of the Kirkwood family from the heart of Great Britain to America's troubled shores.

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1763: all of Europe is at war with each other and the Turks are storming toward Vienna. The magical protection of Britain requires that Georgina Kirkwood, a potential Merlin, leave the secret Pendragon Society and disguise herself as man to fight for England. Wounded and no longer able to carry a sword, Georgina is recruited by the King as a spy in the American Colonies. Transplanted to a land and people vibrant with life and ideas, she begins to question her loyalties. Only her love for Major Roderick Wythe gives her the grounding and stability to work with Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams and many other notable leaders to discover what being the Merlin truly means and to determine who she is protecting from whom.… (more)

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