Prophecy of the Guardian by J.W. Baccaro
Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness… as theirs. Though being saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world.
One man’s choice to love a son… a son that is not really his. A legacy, a Nasharin legacy, is truly dying out. It is the father’s hope that the legacy will live on in this baby. Though the baby does not really belong to him, he believes. As the baby grows into a young man, father and son will stand together in battle. The father will teach and the son will experience lessons that test his wills. Strength, maybe even his level of light against his level of darkness, is tested. They are not on the side of the dark and they are not on the side of the light. Therefore, they belong to neither and they are feared by all. It is that which is not understood completely that is feared the very most.
This choice, a choice to save a baby and to love that child will one day be questioned. Many will be massacred with the very survival of that one, the one that is deemed the guardian. The one to save the world.
I absolutely loved reading this series. When I first read Prophecy of the Guardian it was a five book epic fantasy series. At that time I wrote reviews for each book individually. It is now available on Amazon as a trilogy, three books in one. Prophecy of the Guardian/The Coming of the Light/Piercing the Darkness set. It is presented as one book so I am going to narrow my review to a solid review for the entire series.
This epic fantasy is action packed, all the way through. Definitely a power house for fantasy lovers. It has plenty of dark magic, tons of bloody battles, and even some seductive tones.
The chosen one faces his destiny with tribulations that at times favor Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. While reading I also felt it resembled Lord of the Rings especially due to its epic length. I can not stress enough how well detailed the story and characters are. Nothing is ever lost in the pages. The timeline is incredible and every aspect continues to build. Wonderful and fascinating!
It is involving, meeting the chosen one as a baby, watching him grow as a young boy into an adolescent, learning to fight, learning who he is, and learning to love. There are many secrets that unfold and characters to meet along the way. From witches to elves, to gnomes and trolls there is sorcery and magic around every turn. The creatures met along the way are descriptively colorful and incredibly likable. Even the darker ones! Well, there are some gross ones too as I think of it. You’ll see!
As a side note, J.W. Baccaro does not hold back in his details of war and how brutal the effects are on the people and the land. He sets his world in a beautiful background, so exquisite and then details the destruction during bloodshed and battle.
I’m usually not into a lot of battle stuff. This series however carried so much with it, more than just a battle book. The action was absolutely a big part of the story and without it, the fantasy would not be the epic level that it is, of course! But, there is also the magical side, the mythical and mysterious wonderment. The creatures are so desirable and they stayed with me as I read the story. The colors of the world are so vivid. And actually the magical aspects are my favorite parts of all.
How it made me feel.
The first time I read the first book of this series was back in 2011. I had just started reviewing. A paperback copy came to me in the mail. It was absolutely thrilling to get that package. At the time I had been suffering from depression and my father had died and I was still grieving. I needed something to shift my thoughts. Reading was what I needed. I could not have picked a better book to read. It was fun, accelerating, thrilling and so freaking magical. I loved it and I loved how it lifted me out of my low place. I had drifted into the fantasy of the book and out of my sorrow. And, for me that rocks! I believe that is what makes a book wonderful when it takes you away from reality and you can not stop reading the pages.
Since first reading his series, Jason and I have chatted a little back and forth. He has written guest posts and interviews with me. He is a wonderful human being with a big heart. I am certainly a fan of the man and he is on my favorite authors list. I hope he writes a lot more fantasy novels. Currently, I’m reading The Tree of Damnation and part of me wants to say, it is even better than the first!
This is a great epic fantasy series and I highly recommend this to everyone especially those that love battles, magic and all that goes into beautifully descriptive fantasy worlds. Prophecy of the Guardian is for mature reading and Tree of Damnation is adult reading.
About the Author
J.W. Baccaro is the author of the Guardian Series and the Tree of Damnation. In his free time, he enjoys literature—fiction and non-fiction, playing electric guitar, and thinking how to intertwine his thoughts about the world’s myths, legends and distinct truths into his next novel. He is a lover of animals and loves to hear from his readers. Feel free to email him at email@example.com He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his German Shepherd and his two cats.