The Watchers: Knight of Light


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“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form, charged with protecting mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, some of these Watchers go bad.
Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
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In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity.
Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
(Book description from Amazon)

I am a sucker for young adult books–particularly if they are paranormal or fantastical in nature. With that being said, when I had the opportunity to review The Watchers: Knight of Light, I jumped on it. This novel is somewhat reminiscent of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty and Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven while still maintaining a quality unique to itself. This will definitely be a series I’ll be following. 🙂
Filled with magic, fairies, dwarves, witches, and pixies (and all sorts of other magical creatures!), this is one of the most imaginative stories I’ve read in quite some time. The main character, Auriella, has such sass and courage, you can’t help but admire her, despite her very naive personality. It’s interesting to see her growth from the first part of the book to the end, and I’m looking forward to watching her grow in the next book (and so on…).
If you’re a fan of young adult and fantasy novels, look no further. This would be a great novel to get your kids started on. I think anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter would be a fan of this series.
With that being said, there are some editing errors that were either missed during the editing process, or the book hasn’t been edited yet. I think with the proper general editing as well as a bit more story line structure editing, this book would do wonders. It’s still a great read, but a little bit of editing could go a long way to make it that much better. 🙂
I was given a copy of this novel from the author to give my honest and unbiased opinion. I do not guarantee a good review, nor am I additionally compensated to give my review.

Sleepy Hollow: An Ingenius Retelling From Katrina's Point of View

To be honest with you, I have very little knowledge of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, other than that of the infamous Headless Horseman and the names Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel. I knew bits and pieces of the story, mostly from Tim Burton’s take on the story in the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow, along with the few episodes I’ve seen of Fox’s popular television show of the same name. Neither of these adaptations compare with Dax Varley’s novel, written in the first-person in Katrina Van Tassel’s POV.

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(Cover picture taken from the Sleepy Hollow Amazon page)

This is such a refreshing take on a legend that has been retold many times in many different ways. Varley brings life to a story that could be considered beaten to death, particularly shedding a new light on Katrina Van Tassel–a character on whom I had previously viewed as a spoiled socialite, intent on flirting with any man who showed her any ounce of attention, and playing the damsel-in-distress nonsense to new lengths to the point where she comes across as childish, selfish, and incredibly spoiled. While Varley’s Katrina is certainly rich and somewhat spoiled in her own right, she is certainly able to hold her own. Though she makes some questionable choices throughout the novel, her intent behind them is generally mostly pure. It is clear her relationships to her friends and family are very important to her, albeit to a fault in some circumstances. Katrina is independent, unwilling in any form to settle down, until meeting the strange and mysterious Ichabod Crane.
Ichabod Crane is the town’s newest teacher. He is highly educated and a firm believer in a new way of teaching the children, which catches the unwanted attention of the town’s council. He is everything a stodgy town set in its ways doesn’t want: energetic, eccentric, prone to trying new things, implementing a new curriculum, and a strong desire to teach the town’s slave children. He has quite an interest in the supernatural, particularly ghosts and witchcraft. Ichabod is not entirely likable to the “higher ups” of Sleepy Hollow, but he certainly catches the eye of a few young women; Katrina Van Tassel being one herself.
The events that transpire after the arrival of Ichabod Crane kept me highly intrigued. Not only was this book thrilling and at times quite mysterious, it was also quite romantic, exciting, and well-versed in the supernatural. I was actually sad for this story to end as I felt there was so much more to tell, which is probably why this is only the first book 😉 And let me tell you–I cannot wait to read the second! If you’re looking for a novel centered around romance, superstition, and the supernatural, look no further. This is a fun take on a story we’ve all heard in one way or another, and I couldn’t be more impressed with Dax Varley 🙂 I am definitely a new fan, and I will be reading more of her writings!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
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Sleepy Hollow. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Miranda Richardson. Paramount, 1999. IMDB. Web. 2 November 2015.
Sleepy Hollow airs Thursdays on Fox.