THE GUARDIANS OF TIME – THE NAMED, THE DARK AND THE KEY

“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

The Named

Book 1 of The Guardians of Time

Book 1 of The Guardians of Time

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.

The Dark

Book 2 of The Guardians of Time

Book 2 of The Guardians of Time

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 Key

Book 3 of The Guardians of Time

Book 3 of The Guardians of Time

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.

A Reader’s Video on You Tube, honouring The Guardians of Time Books, produced by M2 Productions. It’s amazing and I love this video. Thank you M2 Productions.

The Guardians of Time Trailer

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.

The Guardians of Time Prophecy

Where to Purchase
Booktopia

Bookworld 

The Really Good Bookshop

Angus & Robertson

Amazon Australia for Kindle editions

Reviews

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

Booklist Review
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.

Old Magic and The Guardians of Time Trilogy

Old Magic and The Guardians of Time Trilogy

38 comments

  1. Thanks for these wonderful books. i always carry books with me, i am in love with Rochelle and Ethan’s love. Characters are awesome. i wonder, can we ask qouestion to you about the end of the book?

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    1. Thanks for your comment. You can ask me a question about the end of this series, but I may not be able to publish it on my site so not to spoil the ending for others. I hope you understand.

      Marianne

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  2. Of course i understand. Thank you for answering me. You mean a lot to me. I will not ask questions here. Is there a place I can ask ?

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  3. I just wanted to thank you for your books. They are brilliant. I first read them when I was about 10 and have read all of them at least once a year since. No other book has made me feel so much as the last bits of the key. I have only just seen that you have some new books out and I am very excited about reading them. Once again thank so much for the wonderful world you have created. I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours

    Yours,
    James

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    1. Hi James

      Thank you so much for letting me know how much you have enjoyed my books The Guardians of Time, and I’m assuming Old Magic as well. I hope you will enjoy the Avena Series too. It’s readers like you that I write for, and I appreciate you letting me know your thoughts.

      All the best
      Marianne

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  4. I just finished reading The Named, and words can’t express how excited I was when I discovered that there are two more books in the series!

    I quite literally couldn’t stop reading your book, when we were reading the class novel in class I had ‘The Named’ hidden in front of my novel so I could read your book instead because it was just sooo gripping and I couldn’t put it down!

    How do you come up with so many plot twists and where did you get your inspiration from for these books? I admire you so much for coming up with such a fantastic plot!

    I can’t wait to read ‘The Dark’ and ‘The Key’!!

    Thankyou!! 🙂

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    1. Hi Jemimah

      Thanks for your comments, I can just imagine you in class reading The Named the way you describe it hidden in front of your class novel. It made me laugh. I wished I’d thought of that when I was at school.

      I always plan my books before I start writing, so I have a good idea what’s going to happen, but sometimes the best plot twists come at the moment I’m inside the character’s thoughts and it just hits me what should happen next. The best plot twists always seem come to me when I’m half asleep, in that moment when your subconscious is just starting to take over conscious thought. It happens just before I fall asleep and I’m thinking of the characters, or when I’m walking and listening to some of my favourite tunes, again imagining my characters in action or in dialogue.

      As for inspiration, after writing Old Magic I wanted to expand on the concept of time travel in a more organised way and the idea came into my head that what if there were a group of people who had special talents and were organised to go back into time because another organisation was trying to manipulate the past to create a future to suit their needs (evil needs of course).

      I’m glad you’re looking forward to reading The Dark and The Key. I’m seriously thinking of writing a fourth book to this series, but more about that in later postings!

      Thanks again for writing.
      Marianne

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  5. Hi Marianne,
    It’s a pleasure to be able to write to you. Many authors do not even have the option. I read The Guardians of Time series quite a while ago and it was fantastic! AN absolutely amazing book that was utterly unique in every way. As you may be able to tell I am an avid reader and an aspiring author and I would love it if you would be able to tell me ow long it took for your books to get published. How did you find your agent? And how did you plan the storyline of your books? Thank you in advance,
    Khadeejah Patel, age 14, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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    1. Hi Khadeejah

      I love being in touch my readers and today’s technology makes it easy even with my readers who are on the other side of the world from Australia, where I live.

      To answer your questions, it took me five years of writing and re-writing, and four different manuscripts before I was published with my first book Old Magic. Once the offer was made, it took four months for contracts to be finalised and a further twelve months of editing before Old Magic was on the book shop shelves.

      I found my agent by sending a sample of my manuscript, the first 30 pages, and a covering letter to a few agents I found in a list from my local writer’s centre. At the time that was the New South Wales Writer’s Centre at Rozelle in Sydney. Of the three I first approached one replied that he loved the story so far and asked me to send him the rest. He loved the entire manuscript and signed me to his company.

      Planning my storylines is a big question. The ideas generate in my thoughts and usually always start with the characters, visualising them in a scene, interacting with each other. Before planning can even begin, I usually do some research on the Internet, then I will create my Character Profiles, a plot summary, and then the Chapter Breakdowns.

      You will find more thorough advice in my website and Blog Pages – Writing Tip & Advice, The Writing Process and What Works for Me.

      Good luck with your writing, and thanks for contacting me.

      All the best
      Marianne

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      1. thank you so much! This is really helpful and makes the prospect seem a lot less gloomy than other authors describe it.

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  6. Hello!

    First of all, I want to thank you for writting this amazing trilogy of books. I discovered The Named in my neighbourhood’s book shop when I was around 10 years old, and since then I have read the books several times. The plot, the characters, the idea of mixing magic and history, the way each chapter was written from the perspective of the different characters… All of this made them my favourite books.

    Now I’m 22 and I have discovered this page, and in the FAQs I have read that you were considering witting another book, a sequel. I just wanted to know if you have started writting something, or if you have started planning the story. The idea that it is be possible that another book will be published, makes me incredibly happy, I swear I have been dreaming with these a huge part of my life.

    I was also wandering, taking into account the current trend of making films from magical books’ sagas, if there is any possibility that these books will be adapted to a tv series or a film.

    Thank you very much for your writting talent and for having this amazing webpage. Discovering this has made my day.

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    1. Hello Saul

      Firstly, thanks so much for your comments and compliments, every word means so much to me. I created and maintain the website myself, and I don’t have a lot of time to keep posting regular blogs, so thank you very much for mentioning the website.

      And now to the Guardians of Time Book 4. I am currently working through the chapter breakdowns. I have the first eleven plotted and as soon as I’m finished working it all out, I will start to write the first draft. I am hoping to have the fourth book ready to send to a publisher in the latter part of this year. Fingers crossed that it all goes well.

      Now, regarding a movie or TV show, this series has come close a few times, but both options came to nothing. Maybe one day, keep your fingers crossed!

      All the best
      Marianne

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      1. Thank you very much for answering so fast!

        You can’t imagine how happy your message has made me. I thinks it is going to be very interesting to read the next book after 12 years. I can’t wait!!

        This is so weird, I mean, I had given up hoping for a new book of this series and, after all this time I find this webpage, where I can address you personally, and you tell me that there is a sequel coming. I just can’t express the joy I am feeling righ now and there are not words to express my gratitude.

        I’ll keep all my fingers crossed.

        Saúl

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  7. Hey!

    So I’ve read these books over and over again and they’re an old favourite of mine I keep coming back to, even now that my teenage years are well behind me. (One of the first series I started reading in English and got me into time travelling!)

    So other than a lot of appreciation for these books I just have to ask one thing that’s been bothering me for years (bit of a spoiler so I’ll try and be vague): when Matt goes to Athens for initiation stuff in ‘The Key’, he falls asleep on a chair and wakes up in his bed alone (where previously there was someone else in his room). It’s super minor but I just have to know, did I misunderstand this all these years? Do they wake and go back to their respective rooms to fall asleep and then Isabel leaves? What happens? Was this one of those James-accidentally-appeared-before-Lily-moments that’s fixed in later editions?
    This must seem super stupid but I just need to know if I’m imagining things!

    Also, you’re making all my teenage dreams come true by saying that book four is happening! I cannot wait!!!

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    1. Hi Laura

      Thanks for your question and double thanks for the tactful way in which you worded it without creating a spoiler for those who haven’t read the series yet. When Matt goes to Athens, yes, he falls asleep in his chair because someone else is in his bed, but when Arkarian shifts him back there is no one is his bed anymore and Arkarian shifts Matt back to his bed, most likely so he can get a good night’s sleep. The one thing that I think might be throwing you here, is that whenever the team members go to Athens they have to go in their bodies, not the same way they travel when on a mission, when they are in borrowed bodies. This is why Arkarian is able to shift Matt to the bed. He transfers Matt’s complete and whole body from the chair in Matt’s room to Athens for the initiation stuff, then back to his now unoccupied bed.

      I hope this helps. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you still have questions. You can also write to me at Marianne.curley7@gmail.com to discuss something that might contain spoilers. No one reads that mail except me. I get quite a lot of emails through my gmail account so if you can make a Header that identifies you as a reader with a question, that will help get my attention.

      Book Four is coming along well. I’m up to 82,000 words with only a few chapters to go before I begin editing.

      All the best
      Marianne

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  8. Hello Marianne!
    I first started this series way long ago, I don’t even recall when, but I was only able to get a hold of the first two books. No place I looked could I find “The Key,” unfortunately delaying me for years to conclude the series. Finally, after searching, I was able to get a copy! Since some time had pasted from my first encounter with them, I decided that I would reread each book; no better way to complete the series altogether then by refreshing my memory of the first two and then to top it off by throwing myself into a whirlwind of emotions trying to find out what will happen in the last one. Might I say, I was not disappointed! This last novel was like a lost treasure to me and finally being able to read it was as if I had at last found a missing piece to a lifelong, cherished puzzle. Thank you firstly for writing the series. Books are my life (no joke) and this series, along with all your other novels, will stay with me forever. I love your characters and the stories they tell. Thank you again for writing.

    Next, I suppose my only question to you is what made you decide to end “The Key” the way you did? My meaning, to be more exact, is why did you stop writing where you did, where the resolution to the final, final incident in the story was left slightly open, as in HOW IS ETHAN? I’m trying to be vague as to not expose too many details, resulting in any spoilers. Therefore, if the phasing of my question isn’t comprehensible enough, and I apologize if it isn’t, please do let me know. I just finished this book about 10 minutes or so ago, and that is the only thing running through my mind at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, every part of it, even the heart-aching ending. Perhaps this is a unnecessary question due to the fact that book four is happening (which floors me more than you can understand!!), but it intrigues me that the first two ended so differently than this last one– maybe because this was originally going to be the final book?

    I’m so sorry! My thoughts and emotions are still soaring from finishing “The Key” not so long ago!!

    Thank you so much again for creating such a wonderful series!
    Cassie

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    1. Hi Cassie

      Thanks for your comments and letting me know how you came to love my books and your unfortunate delay in finding and thus reading The Key. Let me first say that I had always planned to write four books, but at the time my publisher was content for the “series” as I wanted it called, to be a “trilogy”, and before long, especially with international sales, the “trilogy” word became fixed to the title. Having said that, in my mind I still had a plan for what happens after the final battle. Like you pointed out, there were questions left unanswered. The reason I didn’t write Guardians of Time Book Four immediately after The Key is that I became seriously ill. I was diagnosed with chronic Myelofibrosis, which is cancer of the bone marrow, and was given a only a couple of months to live. I was given a stem-cell bone marrow transplant which saved my life, though unfortunately, after the heavy doses of chemotherapy I’d had to take my bones became fragile and I had a fall and broke several vertebrae in my lower back. This happened only three weeks after the transplant. I became incapacitated for quite some time, trying to manage my chronic back pain. But happily, my spinal chord was unhurt and I was able to return to writing after a few years. The Avena Series came first. The reason I didn’t slip straight back into writing the Guardians Book Four was simply because I needed to prove to myself, my publisher and my readers that I was writing publishable material again, and that I was well and truly back.

      Guardians of Time Book Four is in draft form at present and doing well. I am excited to be back with those beloved characters. I have let my readers know that Book Four is coming because I will be looking for a publisher soon and the more my readers are enthusiastic about it, the more noise that is made, the better chance I will have to attract a publisher willing to publish a sequel ten years after the first three books were released.

      I will let everyone know when Book Four is available. And thanks for carefully wording your message.

      All the best
      Marianne

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  9. hey Marianne,
    Long time fan. I read your books about a year ago so if there is a book four in the works I guess I’ll have to reread them to familiarise myself with the storyline and the characters. To be honest I cant even remember how the third book ends.
    Great to hear about the fourth book though and I hope you find a publisher soon!
    Khadeejah Patel.

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  10. Hi Marianne, just wanted to say a massive thank you for writing such an amazing series. I read your books about 10 years ago and loved them. When I stumbled across them at the back of my bookshelf last week I couldn’t resist rereading them. The funny thing is I still couldn’t put them down and it brought back so many teenage memories. When I heard that you were writing another book in the series I couldn’t believe it, it really brought a smile to my face. Glad to hear your health has recovered and hope all is going well with the writing/editing. Best wishes, John

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    1. Hi John

      Thank you for your message, it is inspiring and motivating to know how the fourth book in the Guardians of Time series is being anticipated and how reading this series again was something you enjoyed very much. I am doing very well healthwise, and the writing and editing is coming along really well, thank you for asking. Returning to this series is something I’ve wanted to do since I’d finished writing The Key and can I say I am enjoying it just as much, if not a little more.

      All the best
      Marianne

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  11. Hi Marianne,

    Thank you firstly for writing this series and congratulations too. It’s wonderful. I have loved everything about it: the characters, the story… I guess that I am a lit bit late because I didn’t know this trilogy even existed until a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I have just finished it last night, but I can’t stop thinking about it. I fell in love with Ethan from the very first page of The named. No surprise there. I’ve got a thing for good guys. And, even though I would have never guessed it reading that first book, Rochelle became my favorite character of the saga in The key. What a book! It is a masterpiece. I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s so thrilling! I couldn’t be happier when I knew that you were working on the fourth book. I really hope you have something prepared for these two characters in this new book. I can’t help myself. I am a sucker for happy endings and the ending of the key left me with my mouth hanging open and saying… “Now WHAAAT???” Can’t wait for GoT4!!! I am so looking forward to read it. Hope you can release it soon. Do you know anything about the launch date?

    Best wishes from Spain (Sorry for my English. Sometimes I still make mistakes) and Merry Christmas!!!

    Elena

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    1. Hi Elena

      I think you are kind of lucky to be reading The Guardians of Time now and not when it was first released because you will not have to wait too long before Book Four is released. I wanted to write the fourth book years ago, but as they say, better late than never. I will keep all my readers and fans of the GoT series informed through my website, twitter, Facebook and Tumblr with news of the title, cover, and release dates as soon as these things are finalised.

      I am presently on the lookout for a Spanish publisher, as well as all the other languages the series is translated into.

      There have been many editions over the years, but thank you for writing and letting me know that new readers are enjoying the series as much as the first generation of readers did.

      All the best for the New Year!

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  12. Hi Marianne,

    I just stumbled upon the news that you are currently working on Book 4 of the Guardians of Time trilogy (now series, I suppose!), and I had let you know that my excitement and anticipation for it is through the roof! I first read the series in middle school, and as an almost 25-year old, I’m beyond eager to immerse myself back into the world of Angel Falls and all its Named! Your books, including Old Magic, were fantastic distractions for my younger self, and they allowed my imagination to run wild. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and all the best in your efforts for writing/publishing Book 4!

    Sincerely,

    Gelina S., Canada.

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    1. Hi Gelina

      Thank you for writing and telling me how excited you are for the new Guardians of Time book to come out. And you are right, this fourth book – all going well – is going to be the start of a whole new series, but I haven’t told anyone yet except the publisher of the first three books (and now anyone who reads this!). Thanks for your excitement and enthusiasm.

      Marianne

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  13. Hi Marianne

    As others, I would like to thank you for bringing​ life to your thoughts.

    About a month ago I finished reading GoT trilogy for the second time. I was even more impressed, sad and satisfied than before.

    I was so glad that I remembered the title of the books that so hardly influenced me (and so my life and my thinking in general) after 10 years.

    Between these years I grew up and turnt to God so my life was changed dramatically but during the second reading I realized that this book was my sort of a guide before I first opened the holy book.

    Anyway I am really looking forward to the fourth book release.
    God bless you Marianne,

    James

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    1. Hi James

      Thank you for telling me how my GoT trilogy has affected your life, both now and when you first read the series. And how it has been a sort of guide for part of your life before you found the higher power of God. (The highest power, I should say.) It was really a lovely thing for you to tell me. A writer can have many doubts about a book, and writing the fourth after so many years was not the easiest decision to make. I had planned to write the fourth from the very start. I had planned a series of four. At the time my publisher offered me a contract for three, and was not keen for me to write the fourth, so I put it on hold, but I’d always wanted to write it and had a plan to go ahead with it after the three books were published. The problem then arose that I had cancer (bone marrow) and had several years of treatment and so forth. Years passed where I felt my writing wasn’t good enough anymore. I wrote other books and thank God the Avena Series, my angel trilogy was published. Now I feel the time is right for Guardians of Time Book Four, and the words flowed out. But the encouragement of my readers is a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

      God’s blessing to you too James
      Marianne

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  14. i finished the trilogy when i was 11 but lost the books and have been hunting them down in the library ever since. i have just finished reading it on holiday i couldnt stop turning the pages i finished it all in 3 days! i hope you continue this story as its an absolute jem extremely movie worthy i was shocked to find it hadnt been made into one. i do not read books at all but these books of yours (the named dark and key) have really got me excited bout reading. if you have any suggestions for books like yours please do say

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      1. There have been a few different covers over the years with the different editions. Everyone has their favourite. I hope you like the new cover, whether it’s in the vein of your favourite or not.

        All the best
        Marianne

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    1. Hi guled, thanks for writing and telling me what impact the Guardians of Time books have had on your reading life. So glad they have inspired you to read more. Your comment regarding movies gave me a smile. They came close on three occasions. You can read about their close calls on my website. But for one reason or another, the movies haven’t come through.

      You might like to know that I have written a fourth book. It is undergoing some last edits at the moment and I will let everyone know when I have a release date. I’ll also release the title and cover design soon, I hope. So, when you ask for suggestions for books for you to read, I strongly recommend the fourth book to the Guardians of Time!!! But in the meantime, I recommend two great series from fellow Australian writers

      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4134859.Jessica_Shirvington
      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446913.Paula_Weston

      Happy reading 🙂

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  15. Dear Marianne Curley,

    I confess, until last week, it had been 6 years since I last read the Guardians of Time trilogy. Somehow, word of a 4th installment trickled into my corner of the internet, and a well-timed bought of the flu gave me the chance to reread my young teen cult favourites. In short, it felt like coming home.

    I have always thought on these books fondly. Each of the characters were so unique – not only in personality, but in appearance, ability, obviously diverse powers and, most important in my opinion, economic status and family life. I read my way through 3 different libraries’ worth of YA and suited books by 16, and it was few and far between for me to find books that reflected not only my life, but of those around me. I didn’t have the linguistic tools to articulate at the time why I was (and have always been) so protective of these books, but it is the representation I found in them. Hailing from England, class has always been a prevailing undercurrent in friendships, at least certainly from my perspective. It was therefore a bit of a revelation to 11 year old me, that these characters could not only come from all manner of background, but to then form realistic friendships, and then to each be successful in their own valued right. I cannot thank you enough for allowing this message to be my introduction to YA fiction. Thank you for setting my standards so high.

    I greatly look forward to the 4th book, I truly do. Not only for a sense of closure, but for the new story to be told. Thank you, so much, for shaping my view of YA fiction, and further, my approach to life. Even after all these years, Ethan and Rochelle never quite left my peripheral.

    And to think, this all started for me when I searched my own name in my school library catalogue. Thank you for doing our shared name proud.

    Best wishes,
    Marianne. 18, UK.

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    1. Dear Marianne

      Thank you so much for your message. It brought a few tears to my eyes to know how loved and valued my Guardian of Time characters were and still are even though you are older now. You certainly have a beautiful command of the English language. You articulate extremely well. Your message was a pleasure to read and has inspired me. I have never been thanked in quite the same way and for the reasons you state. I have been told the Guardians of Time Series is character driven, but the way you put it gave the series, and the characters especially, a whole new level of depth. I am so glad that word of the fourth instalment trickled into your corner of the Internet. Please feel free to let me know what you think of Book IV once you have read it. I look forward to your hearing your opinion.

      The wait is not too much longer.

      All the best
      Marianne (We even have the same spelling)

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