Title: Keltor: The Guardian Archives, Book 1
Author: Jennifer Sage
***** (5 stars) An Intense, Well-Developed Page Turner with Characters and a Story Line that Will Leave You Begging for More!
Jennifer Sage’s world-building skills are phenomenal. Keltor is set in our world and an unseen realm of light and shadows that exists parallel to Earth. Ms. Sage has built the unseen realm in such a realistic fashion that you can almost picture it as being a place that not only truly exists, but a place you can go to.
All of the characters, including supporting characters, are exceptionally well-developed and engaging. Unlike many books which have either a strong hero or heroine, this book has both a powerful male and female main character. Keltor, our hero, is the epitome of an alpha male. He can be a bad boy, but he has a rigid code of honor and integrity. Keltor is part of a unique family, an immortal brotherhood, yet he is still alone and distances himself from his brothers. He still mourns the life he lost and believes he is doomed to never find love again.
Enter Liz, our heroine. Wow! I loved her character. She has an amazing personality and takes everything that is thrown her way. Liz had a very rough childhood, but she has never used that as an excuse for anything. Her childhood experiences help to shape her personality, and adds to her traits of never giving up, continuing to reach for her goals, and her issues with trust. Even when Liz believes that she must be dreaming or on the verge of losing her last remnant of sanity, she still takes everything in stride and considers all possible explanations.
Liz and Keltor have a unique relationship. Each one has things that are holding them back in one way or another, which adds to the dynamic of their relationship. The secrets surrounding them individually, and as a couple, further the depth of their feelings for one another, as well as the internal conflict each one is fighting. Their intimate moments (and there are several) are intense and steamy, and they hit you on several sensory levels. These moments are described in such a way that you can feel the same frustration Liz felt when Keltor would start something, get her all hot and bothered, and then leave her hanging. When they finally came together, their union was climactic in more ways than one.
I can honestly say this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I connected with the characters on a level that I was not expecting, and felt not only as though I knew the characters, but as though I was there with them. Keltor had everything that I look for in a book of this genre—romance, action, adventure, suspense, humor, and plenty of steam!
If I did not have to work, I would not have put this book down until I finished it! When I did have free time (late at night), this book kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. I had to know what happened next. I needed answers.
Jennifer Sage is a very talented author and has woven a tale that will have you begging for more. She skillfully left hints of secrets and twists to come. I highly recommend Keltor, and am eagerly awaiting more books in The Guardian Archives series by Jennifer Sage.
**DISCLAIMER: This book is not intended for persons under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and language.**
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