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Warden of Greyrock
The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book 3
By author: K.V. Johansen
Selling Points: Otherworld fantasy, pejudice, identity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Pages: 256
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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"It was a nightmare," Robin said. "A—a vision, Your Highness. There was a man drowning in clouds...when I touched him, I saw things, things he'd seen, things he knew."
"What things?" I asked.
Robin took a deep breath. "They've taken the baroness."
"Who? Where?"
"Enemies," she said simply. "He didn't know where. There was a dead woman..."

Maurey, the half human, half Nightwalker Warden of Greyrock, and Annot, the dauntless Baroness of Oakhold, have settled down in Greyrock Castle, but those who still hate and fear the Nightwalkers threaten to destroy all they've worked for. While Maurey hunts for two outlaws who may guard an ancient secret, his liegeman Korby begins to uncover the truth about the cult of the Yehillon. Their enemies are always one step ahead of them though. Captured by the Yehillon and held as a hostage against Maurey, Annot struggles to survive and escape. A terrible choice lies before Maurey. If he abandons his defence of the border to save Annot, all Talverdin may fall as the Yehillon, led by their veiled prince, finally carry out a long-laid plan to wipe the warlocks from the face of the earth.
Fantasy Book Review - December 21, 2010
"It gets to the action quickly yet KV Johansen still manages to create the personalities of her main characters and the world they are in...A very enjoyable story...It is well written, and manages to stay clear of clich├ęs." - July 30, 2009
"Something of a gem... [the characters] are in for an interesting journey—and the reader along with them."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"Johansen has created a world rich in magic and a variety of races...On one level the story is a wonderful fantasy with magic and battles. On another level the story deals with racial hatred and self doubt. The story works on both levels."
Library Bookwatch (Midwest Book Review) - July 1, 2009
"An entertaining fantasy adventure, highly recommended."
Resource Links - June 1, 2009
"[Readers] will be totally engaged and fascinated with the complexity of the world that Johansen has created...This is a book that is meant to be read over again, in order to savour the layers of details."
Mad Tales blog - May 5, 2009
"The action is fast-paced, and continues the tradition of these books in giving us highly developed characters that jump off the page...The undercurrents of the story felt very timely, and bore resonances for the hatreds and xenophobias we are seeing cropping up in our own world. That, I think, sets this series apart...I highly recommend it for teens or for readers of all ages who enjoy medievalistic worlds, and though-provoking fantasy."
McNally - April 1, 2009
"The dialogue is sharp, even funny, and the plot is action-packed and fascinating. The themes of racism and co-operation will engage all younger teens. This book is a great gift of reading for all parents and grandparents to consider!"
CM Magazine - March 6, 2009
"[The series] is more than a fast paced adventure of battling forces, wizardly spells and noble quests. Underlying the intrigue, kidnapping and battles, the theme of understanding the emotional damage of prejudice and racial intolerance is evident. Overall, this book was a pleasure to read...Highly Recommended."


OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2009

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