Thursday, May 15, 2014

Guardians Inc Blog Tour - The Cypher REVIEW

Guardians Inc:
The Cypher
By: Julian Rosado-Machain

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: self-published
Publication date: 7.21.2012
Pages: 239
Amazon link:  The Cypher

Date read: 5.14.2014
Reading for: Guardians Inc Blog Tour

Guardian Inc: The Cypher is two stories in one.  A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.

The other story is of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn't be aware of and dangers he shouldn't face, but that he ultimately will, for he is a Cypher.  The only one who can steer humanity's features.

The ultimate conspiracy theory is that Magic is real.  Kept in check by technology, but every five hundred years the balance can shift and, if it does, technology will fail and those creatures we've driven into myth will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future, and to unlock the future they need a Cypher.

This is the first book of the Guardians Inc series.


Thomas loves his grandfather a lot and, now that his parents have died, it's just the two of them.  While helping his grandfather look for a job, Thomas comes across an ad that, at first, looks to him like some funny language, but the next time he looks at it, the funny symbols are gone.  That ad leads them to the Guardians, Inc mansion for an interview to be the assistant librarian.  By the end of the day, both he and his grandpa have jobs there ... and that's only the beginning of the adventure.

I liked this story.  Not loved, but liked.  It was unique and fun.  I think it would be good for the younger ages, possibly elementary school, and a great chapter book to read with your children who are just starting out.  The adventure is fun, but there were parts of it that disappointed me and I felt as if the author was talking down to the child.

I do look forward to reading books 2 and 3 to find out where the story goes and see if the writing gets better as the series continues.

Favorite character: Killjoy and Bolswaithe.

About Julian:
Julian Rosado-Machain  has enjoyed pizza in three continents, worked in graphic design, armored vehicles, built computers, handwritten alebrijes and swears that he has seen at least one ghost.

He lives in San Diego, California, and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children, and cat.


Gavin Hetherington said...

Great review Meghan. It sounds really interesting and something I might like, so I think I'm going to check it out on your recommendation.

Meghan H said...

Thank you, Gavin. It's free on Amazon and B&N at this time. :)

Gavin Hetherington said...

Oooh, I will definitely check it out then! Thanks for the heads up :)