Sunday, February 28, 2016

Guardians Inc. The Cypher

By Julian Rasado-Machan

A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.
The other is the story of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn’t be aware of and dangers he shouldn’t face but, that he ultimately will, for he is a cypher. The only one who can steer humanity’s future.
The ultimate conspiracy theory is that Magic is real. Kept in check by technology but, every five hundred years the balance can shift and, if it does, technology will fail and those creatures we’ve driven into myth will come back with a vengeance.
To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future.

This was really hard to get into, and I had to force myself to read it. This just wasn’t my cup of tea when I read it. Perhaps if I had been in a different mood? Who knows? It was well written and the story was interesting. It’s your basic plot where a kid finds out he’s more than average, he has a certain power. He loses his parent/guardian and must make a decision about who to trust to get them back. The rest is a lot of magic and introduction to an outlier society of mystics and magicians. I think that this would be well received by middle school aged kids, but it’s not a great read for adults who like YA/kids books that can entertain a ‘kid at heart’.

I give it a 3 out of 5

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