The Guardian's Speaker
Some call it gift. Others, curse.
For Líf, her ability to see each person’s guardian spirit had always been a double-edged sword. She hated drawing attention to herself, especially by those who thought her mad, and yearned for a quiet life. Her greatest fear was that her siblings might not return from the summer raids. Being at sea terrified her—the surging waves, the rolling motion of a longship, the murky depths below—and yet her society flourished from the wealth brought from war and water.
Líf trusted the gods. She understood all choices were preordained. Her fate was sealed, one that linked her to the animal spirits she so loved. Then a man with flesh of a different color upended her life and her world. He brought with him the warning of an invisible plague that would destroy their race and claimed that he was the only person who could prevent it, for like Líf, he also had an unexplainable gift.
The problem was that he was a slave. And he was not hers to free…
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Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021 by ChelsieWeddle94
I just want to say how much I loved getting to read a book that is based on my heritage. I love the use of the actual language and words throughout and it’s wonderful that you explained how to pronounce things and explained what things meant. I am excited to see how Lif’s character develops alongside her family and Brasir. I truly could not put this book down and I am really looking forward to read volume 2! Thank you!! It’s an incredible story so far!
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2021 by Shivani Gangwani
One look at the description of this book(a Nordic-inspired High fantasy) and I knew this was something I had to try out. Not least because of its intriguing blurb, but also because it satisfied my fascination for mythological reads. It was Rick Riordan's books that made me discover my interest in this field. On a side note, I love his Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology series. Anyhow, I digress - the mention of Norse mythology hooked me in.
And, I must say, I wasn't disappointed, no ma'am, not one little bit. From the acknowledgments section itself, I started learning new words. The author did awesome research - all the borrowed words felt right in their contexts, I got such a beautiful glimpse into Nordic history and their beliefs. I loved how she added a small introduction part to familiarise the readers with the verbiage. In her world, each person was made up of four elements - their thought/spirit( hugr ), their body( hamr ), their luck( hamingjur ), and their spirit animal( fylgyur ); and only hugr was eternal and permitted to the afterworld - wow, how interesting is that! I was waiting when she would mention Ragnarok, lol, that was the one thing from this world I had heard of before, of course :D
This was quite a short work, it felt like a preview of the series, much like the author was laying down pieces - doing the world-building with the main story to come later - much like how you know, in programming, the problem statement is described first, with the details and constraints brought in at a later stage.
There is no one character who has been put in the spotlight, even though most of the narration was done from the point of Líf. Almost all characters feel equally important to the plot currently. I loved looking up each new word that I was coming across - it pulled me deeper into the Nordic world with each instance. The Appendix was lovely, with all the vocabulary and pronunciations put together. Like I said earlier, the groundwork done is impressive.
Another thing that popped into my mind while I was reading was, the author had made such a marvelous use of adjectives. They were all new combinations, for example, I had never read blood being described as tacky, but it felt right when I looked up the actual description.
A quick fact, the symbol on the cover of the book, that's a rune( well, duh! ), it's actually the first letter of the runic alphabet,ᚨ called Ansuz. It literally means God but is most often called the rune of Odin, the All-Father. Cool, huh?!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021 by Tink
If you like any aspect of Norse History, this is an absolute must read book! Katharine Wibell has done the research which immerses you into the book and the world. I can't wait to learn more about everyone in the next book! I'll be one-clicking!
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2021 by Alli J
For anyone who loves the history of the Norse, this is a must read. The detail and research Katharine Wibell has put into this story shows itself in every page; from the character names, to the practices of belief in the nine realms and the gods and goddesses, to the holidays and celebrations. Lif and her guardian Thray are a unique pair, put into a desperate situation when a stranger is brought to the island village. Definitely had me hooked, and I can't wait to see what adventures are in the future.
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed By Rylanne Burdette for Readers’ Favorite
In a fantasy world of fighting and warriors, Líf stands apart from those around her. For as long as she can remember, she has been able to see creatures that accompany each person’s spirit, and this ability makes her unique, but not in a good way. Líf has few friends, is unmarried, and finds solace only in her family. When someone new comes along who is also seen as an outsider, bringing with him a terrible warning, Líf and her family must sail into the unknown to get the answers they seek. The Guardian's Speaker: Volume One by Katharine E Wibell dives into a new world with elegant writing and an intriguing storyline.
Although it took me a little bit to get used to the setting and world-building of The Guardian's Speaker, I ended up enjoying it! Fantasy is a genre I have really grown to love during this year, and this book is unique from the others I tend to pick up within the genre. Katharine E Wibell did a wonderful job crafting a story with solid characters and a strong plot, and once I got hooked on the story, I was surprised to reach the ending so quickly. It ended in a way that made me want to pick up the second volume without having an unsatisfying cliffhanger; I have an itch to read more. I would recommend The Guardian's Speaker to fantasy fanatics who want to dive into a quick short story full of mystery and heartwarming familial relationships.
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