The Second Guard (Second Guard #1)

The Second Guard

Summary:

In the peaceful realm of Tequende, all second-born children at the age of fifteen must journey to the Alcazar to fulfill the mandate of the Oath of Guilds. There they train to earn a place among the queen’s legendary Second Guard, or work as indentured servants.

Talimendra has always wanted to join the Guard, but there are dark rumors in the queendom that she may not be ready for. Rumors that whisper of greed, traitors, and war.

There is very little time and too many unanswered questions, but one thing is for certain: if there is a traitor among the Second Guard, then everyone—including the queen—is in grave danger.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of the publisher.

Review:

This was a great read.  The author has cleverly combined aspects of Spanish, South American and medieval culture into a unique and intriguing world rich with history and depth.  The blend of cultures and distinctive aspects of the world had me thinking about it long after I finished the book.  I particularly enjoyed the history lessons at the beginning of the chapters.  This would be a fantastic read for young adults and fantasy fans.

Tali is a fantastic main character who grows a lot throughout the book.  She is forced to confront uncomfortable truths and learn to changer her ways of thinking.  I did not see the twist coming at the end and it knocked my socks off!  It definitely kept me from feeling like the book was predictable.  This is a series I will look forward to continuing – it seems like the adventure is just beginning!

Warning: Contains violence

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it?  Young adults, fantasy fans and people who enjoy books like “Alanna”, “Chosen” etc.  I’m looking at you Melissa!