Review: Fated by Joanne Kershaw


ABOUT THE BOOK: “No matter the cost, someone must defeat the darkness.”

 Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace.

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

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REVIEW:Vanguard Legacy: Fated is book three of the Vanguard Legacy series. This story begins with Elora retelling incidents and battles that happened previously with her long lost love named Zak. His memory had left him with the impact of his darkness being cast out of his body in an epic battle of good verses evil. Elora has always known the light to be the right path as she followed in her mother’s footsteps; however, her twin sister Siva always followed the darkness after their father. Once it becomes clear that the battle has not subsided, but still clouds their future…Elora must make a rash decision that she may or may not be ready for. She has made several friends over the past years who have become more like family than anything else. Will it be enough to finally beat her father and sister into submission or will death be the ultimate price?

My favorite characters in this story are Marcus and Matthew. Both have risked everything and learned of loss the hard way; however, they still put their all down for the greater good of the Vanguard. The emotion that I felt when scenes unfolded, with these two characters, tore at my heart. I wanted to see a bright future…or rather just a future for both of them. My least favorite character is David. His character seems so miniscule and devoid of any emotion. This is the intended notion that the author desired from her readers; however, his evilness did not sit well with me. The fact that his sacrifices are irrational, making him dangerous for all, even those loyal to him are unforgivable. His character was written well since it left a great distaste for his existence in this story.

Since my emotions were on high with this story, I would have to give it five stars. This novel is very intriguing and creative. The narrative was a perfect pace and it was very easy to read and sympathize with all characters reintroduced. I really need to go back and read books one and two of this series for more of a full comprehension of everything encompassing the Vanguard Legacy. I recommend this series to all who enjoy Fantasy and Action. There is a little romance involved, but nothing explicit and hardly anything other than emotional turmoil brought on by a deeper love once known.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again.

Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing.



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