Young Adult

Guardians of the Mask

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Book Information

Title: Guardian of the Mask
Author: Haley Kate
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: Fantasy |Historical|Coming of Age
Publication Date: June 8, 2017

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Never once did they imagine they might be walking home to find things far worse than they had left them.    

Guardians of the Mask Synopsis

An extraordinary golden mask is in the hands of an ordinary boy…

It’s a mask entrusted to great warriors and heroes, thought to be lost in the sands of time. It can summon immortal armies, grant unimaginable strength and heal mortal wounds.

The golden mask has reappeared. And now it’s in the hands of Rafe, a hard working, loyal and at times mischievous teenager who thinks he is of little importance.

But he is wrong. Rafe is chosen by the mask and destined to become as the warriors of legend.

With the powers of the golden mask, he is the only one who can keep the kingdom safe when it comes under threat.

But not everybody thinks the mask should be in the hands of a common boy. When an eccentric Prince finds out the mask is in the hands of a common boy, he decides to interfere with destiny.

Armed with his own dark forces, he threatens to bring the kingdom to its knees.

Guardians of the Mask Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a young adult fantasy novel, with excitement, intrigue, humour and a hint of romance. The book starts out with Rafe’s POV as his brother, Sam, and himself are supposed to deliver a load of beer for a festival at the castle. Their wagon get stuck and their adventure begins. While looking for someone to help them clear the cart from the mud, Rafe stumbles into a tomb and finds a golden mask. This story revolves around this mysterious mask and Rafe’s story as the Chosen One. Rafe learns that the mask only appears in times when Grey Valley is under dire threat and he must don the mask and save the kingdom.

Rafe is the reluctant hero at first. He does not want the responsibility of the mask. He is strong for his brother. He grows a lot through the novel and goes through a lot of trials in the plot. The novel is told mostly through his perspective, however other characters get POV as the story and plots evolve. Sam gets his POV and his own storyline about halfway through the book. Sam also grows a lot as a person when he is separated from his brother. Sam faces his own challenges in the face of his brother acquiring the Cherubim’s Mask. His main task is given to him by the Princess Alana after his recovery from the events that separated him from Rafe. Alana is not your typical princess. She is adventurous and strong. She loves her family and will do anything for them. But when her father goes to war and leaves the Kingdom in her brother Marcus’s hands, those family ties are tested and she has to make decisions for the good of the Kingdom.

Haley Kate seamlessly switches from POVs and the story pieces together to form an engaging adventure.The plot- while not extremely intricate or complicated – is original, well-planned, well-paced, with developed world building and a writing style that will keep readers from putting the book down!

Haley Kate writes a captivating story of hope, endurance and determination. it’s one of those adventure stories that you can read out loud to you young kids, but also enjoy it at any age. I will definitely be on the look out for her next book!

I would like to thank Haley Kate for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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About Haley Kate

Childhood holidays to all the magical and remote parts of Britain have had a huge influence on Haley’s love of reading and writing. Place where her imagination would quite literally fly away with her. She daydreams as often as she can, reads as time permits and writes as soon as her children are asleep in their beds.

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