Saturday, October 3, 2009

Katie Hines's urban fantasy novel, Guardian

Katie Hines, fellow member of the group VBT-Writers on the Move, is my guest this month and in this, my second post about Katie, I'll be focusing on her upcoming book, Guardian, soon to be published by 4RV Publishing.

Imagine you have made a secret promise that can lead you to an incredible treasure and an ancient power. But in order to fulfill that promise, you must defeat an age-old sect determined to claim the treasure and power themselves. Would you do it? This is what Guardian, Katie's first novel, is all about.

Review by Deborah Hockenberry

“Promise me you’ll find the journal and search for the treasure,” gasped Drew’s dying mother. “It’s your destiny.”

Three months later, three teenagers sat around a campfire roasting marshmallows. Drew Newman is just about to tell his friends a secret when a man steps out of the darkness. The man carries an old fashioned sword and wears a long, hooded cloak. He lifts Drew’s chin with his sword. “Where is it?,” the man asks. “Where is the book?”

Who is this man and what does he want? Is the book the one Drew touched when he was a kid? The book was leather bound with gold and silver threads embossed on it. The threads formed a tree and its root system. When Drew touched the book magical things happened. Is this the book the man is asking about? What is this mysterious, magical book? Does this have anything to do with the promise he made to his dying mother?

Drew’s adventures start that night and continue when he travels to Nova Scotia where his grandparents live. Grandpa Ian tells him a story that involves Christ’s crucifixion, ancient magic and secret societies. Drew eventually finds out that he’s a contender to be the Holy Grail’s next guardian. He has to answer two questions correctly. Through his answers we learn what the Grail really is.

Ms. Hines combines Christianity and fantasy, making ‘Guardian’ a very enjoyable book. It’s fast paced with a lot of twists, turns and danger!”


TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Katie Hines
PUBLISHER: 4RV Publishing
GENRE: Middle Grade Urban Fantasy

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  1. It seems a fascinating book one I would certainly buy. Thanks for high lightening this book.


  2. I learned something new from this - something I didn't really know before. Thanks for sharing this review - E :)

  3. The cover is captivating. Any kid or for that matter any adult will want to open it. The story draws out my curiosity as well.

    I love the mixing of Christianity and fantasy. I need to buy this book for my granddaughter, who is a budding writer herself.

  4. Thank you all for your comments. I agree with what you say, Kathy. The mixture of Christianity and fantasy is a very intriguing one.