Tuesday, June 13, 2017

YA/NA Fantasy Review: Protector (Princesses of Myth #1) by Joanne Wadsworth

Protector (Princesses of Myth #1)
by Joanne Wadsworth

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling—thanks to her warrior father she’s never met—does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate—an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young couple find their place in the world?

My Review:
Protector is a YA, contemporary fantasy featuring Faith, a teen who has captured the eye of a clairvoyant king from another world. He’s sent protectors to watch over her until she comes into the powers he’s predicted. Meanwhile, Faith is on the fence. She hardly believes what her new friend Belle is telling her, despite the fact that she’s able to communicate with her telepathically. And then the Prince shows up, and she can no longer ignore the truth.

This was a fun read. Faith is likable, feisty, and no nonsense. Despite being caught up in a bond she neither understands nor can escape, she’s not one to give in to the demands of others. She does what she feels is right and fights for her family. There is insta-love, sort of, from the mated bonding, but again, Faith isn’t a pansy. I enjoyed how she stands up to Davio.

As for the magic system, well, it’s intriguing, but occasionally it seems awfully convenient. For example, it’s rather easy for those who can port to jump over to another world, and it also seemed way too easy to learn.

The description of the book states each of these are standalone, but after reading Protector, I feel like there should be more. I want to keep following Faith’s story, but it seems each of the other books will focus on one of the other girls introduced in this one. Also, Faith isn’t a Protector, so why is the book named Protector?

Overall, I liked the story. Though it did have insta-love, some overly convenient plot points, and some repetitiveness, I think folks who enjoy modern YA fantasy would enjoy this one.

I picked this book up while it was on a free promotion.

About the Author:
Joanne Wadsworth is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author who adores getting lost in the world of romance, no matter what era in time that might be. Hot alpha Highlanders hound her, demanding their stories are told and she’s devoted to ensuring they meet their match, whether that be with a feisty lass from the present or far in the past.

Living on a tiny island at the bottom of the world, she calls New Zealand home. Big-dreamer, hoarder of chocolate, and addicted to juicy watermelons since the age of five, she chases after her four energetic children and has her own hunky hubby on the side.

So come and join in all the fun, because this kiwi girl promises to give you her “Hot-Highlander” oath, to bring you a heart-pounding, sexy adventure from the moment you turn the first page. This is where romance meets fantasy and adventure…

Follow Joanna on her website, on Twitter and on Goodreads.

Books by this Author:

Highlander Heat Series:

The Matheson Brothers Series:

Clan Matheson Series:

The Fae Series:

The Matheson Warriors Series:
, Highlander's Claim, Highlander's Courage, Highlander's Craving

Princesses of Myth Series:

Billionaire Bodyguards Series:
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