“Marianne Curley weaves her writing with masterful threads that leave the reader spellbound and waiting eagerly for the next instalment.”
From Mrs Mad’s Book-A-Rama
Imagine if you were able to change history. By altering one tiny thing you could start a chain of catastrophic events. Ethan is one of the Named, fated to stop this ever happening, although the forces of chaos have other ideas and Ethan is finding it more and more difficult to stay one step ahead. He is also a normal schoolboy, whose life is rapidly becoming far too confusing. So when Isabel arrives on the scene she is only going to make matters worse . . . or is she? This is history in the making – literally.
Isabel and Ethan are joined by Isabel’s brother Matt, who is still getting accustomed to life in the Guard. This time, they must find Arkarian, their ageless mentor, who has been kidnapped and sent to the underworld. Although Isabel and Ethan have been forbidden to rescue him, an ever-increasing connection to Arkarian drives Isabel to convince Ethan and Matt that they must risk everything to find him despite the potential consequences.
The battle to protect the future is coming to an end as the evil Order of Chaos launches their final attack on the Named. To defeat the Order, the Named must locate the Key to a treasury of weapons hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Atlantis. The race is on to capture the Key before a horde of undead soldiers find it. And as the Named work against time, one of their own is plotting against them.
The battle has come and gone. The war is won. The prophecy complete. But life can’t just pick up where it left off for Ethan. He struggles to cope with the death of his soulmate. “How do I live,” he asks himself, “knowing she doesn’t?” At odds with his friends in the Guard, Ethan finds himself adrift, jumping at shadows and sensing someone who can’t possibly be there.
Lathenia, the deceased Goddess, had a daughter she kept secret, and now Jesilla swears vengeance and to continue with her mother’s plans for world domination. But Jesilla hadn’t planned on falling in love.
As the Guard and the Order battle through the past and into an impossible future, darkness lurks around every corner, and the fight for the world’s survival will come to rest with just one.
Nancy Králová, a long-time fan and now also a friend of mine from the Czech Republic, produced a video unravelling the Prophecy from The Guardians of Time books. This video needs a Spoiler Alert for those who are new to the series. Thanks Nancy Králová for doing a brilliant job! I admire your devotion to this series. You amaze me.
M2 Productions have made a video on You Tube honouring The Guardians of Time Books. It’s amazing and I love this video. Here is a link to their Facebook Page. Thank you M2 Productions.
Where to Purchase
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Jennifer Mae on Teen Ink has reviewed The Named – This is how it begins . . .
“Marianne Curley made me believe that people can really time travel by reading her book, The Named. In this book of uncertainty and great ideas, not everything is what it seems. Fantasy and reality come together in this book where worlds and dimensions collide. The Named is the first book in the Guardians of Time Trilogy by Curley.”
To read the rest of Jennifer’s review, click here: Jennifer’s review of The Guardians of Time
Review on Mrs Mad’s Book-A-Rama, for The Dark, with comments included at the end. This is a sample of what Mrs Mad says:
“What a truly stunning follow up to her first novel. The story flows on as if they had been written together, with the characters really coming to life and developing into fascinating people. This is an inspired book that combines the world that we recognise around us with another that channels right back to the legends of Gods and Immortals. Marianne Curley weaves her writing with masterful threads that leave the reader spellbound and waiting eagerly for the next instalment.”
The full review can be found on Mrs Mad’s website: Mrs Mad’s Book Reviews
Gr. 8-11. The Guardians of Time Trilogy concludes with members of the Named–young adults with extraordinary gifts–facing an epic showdown of good and evil, with humanity’s future at stake. The Order of Chaos, led by power-monger Lathenia and her cohort Marduke, seems stronger than ever, commanding meteors, rats, and armies of the undead, while attempting to change history’s course via time traveling. As the Named’s members complete initiations into the Guardians, there’s another snafu: it seems one of them is a traitor. The group battles foes and issues of trust and time, as an ancient prophecy nears realization. Matt and Rochelle’s alternating, present-tense first-person narratives add suspense to an engrossing, if not dense, read, driven by detailed descriptions of a dizzying array of magic devices, events, time periods, and settings. Given the extensive backstories developed in previous titles, readers familiar with the series will be the most comfortable audience here, as well as the most willing to overlook the rushed conclusion and a few inconsistencies in the story.
Review by Shelle Rosenfeld © Copyright 2005 Booklist.