Today I am reviewing the YA sci-fi ‘The Named’ by Marianne Curley, the first book in the Guardians of Time trilogy. It is the second book I have read for the YA + MG Time Travel reading challenge I am participating in.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future.
As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed. This gripping fantasy is set in modern times, but is infused with intrigue from the past, super-natural characters and surprising plot twists. Curley has written a winner through to the end.
Action packed and highly imaginative, The Named was a fun and gripping adventure that pulled me in from the start and kept me there right until the end.
This story is told in duel perspectives, from that of Ethan and Isabel. Ethan has known he is one of the Named since he was five, where at 15, Isabel is just finding out. We start off in Ethan’s head, who already knows everything about the Named and the Guard who have to protect time, so we learn everything as Isabel does, who is being apprenticed by Ethan. I really liked Ethan and Isabel and the bond that forms between them.
Arkarian was a very interesting character, with blue hair and violet eyes he has the ability to stay young forever. He is the one that trained Ethan and oversees his missions. Matt, Isabel’s brother, was another secondary character with lots of personality. He was an overbearing, over protective big brother, and that’s what I really liked about him.
The villain was a monster that was truly creepy, one I wouldn’t want visiting my nightmares any time soon.
And there was a very interesting character named Rochelle, so extra points to Marianne 🙂
The Named was gripping and fast paced with many twists and turns and an intricate plot. The story was wrapped up nicely without a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait to read what lies ahead for Ethan and Isabel and the rest of the characters in book 2 of the trilogy.
I really liked this book and can highly recommend it to those readers who love YA sci-fi/fantasy, especially those who love time travel.
You can add it to your goodreads here.