11 Dec 2018

Review: Chosen (The Last Guardian #1)

'' ''There was a war,'' Breahn said, ''a long bloody war between Dragons, Oluan, and humans.'' ''

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
Magic and Power... Dragons. These are the things of books and movies... of other worlds. They aren’t real. They can’t be real.

Mia wishes for the days when she truly believed that. Days when her biggest worry was whether or not she’d be accepted into the university of her choice. But that was before...

Before her reflection started playing tricks on her in store windows. Before she was unceremoniously ripped from her family and friends and dumped in a place she can’t escape from. A place where no one can reach her. Nethea,

Thrust into a world where Dragons exist and magic is Power, Mia must find a way to accept the role she’s been Chosen to fulfill. A role that seems more and more likely to claim her life as she uncovers the staggering odds stacked against her. If she can do it...if she can rise above the grief and anger that plague her heart and save Nethea from the dark fate waiting in the claws of a monster... Then maybe, just maybe she’ll get to go home again.

Can Mia find the will and the courage to defend and protect a world she doesn’t belong to? Will she take up the heavy mantle of the Guardians of Nethea?

She really didn't want to get pulled into this, but they didn't give her a choice. Now she must fight for them or the hope for the return becomes nigh.
Mia is almost achieving her dream of going away to college. To make a difference in Africa by volunteering. She has had a crush on a boy for ages, but he doesn't see her as anything else as a friend. Wanting to escape all this has Mia counting the days for her departure. But her departure comes a bit earlier, and not the way she expected it to. Finding herself in the middle of the woods after having a head-splitting headache at a friends party, has Mia question her sanity, and the sanity of those who won't let her leave. 

Chosen serves more as an introduction to the new series The Last Guardian. It tells the beginning of the journey of a seventeen-year-old girl Mia, who is chosen for the role of Guardian in Nethea. She struggles a lot at the beginning of her training, adamantly believing that what the people around her are telling is a big fat lie. 

The reader doesn't get too in-depth descriptions about the characters. Instead, a shallow overall look is given. It doesn't affect too much the reading experience since the book is heavy on the world building and Nethea's history lessons. There is a lot to keep up with those two alone. What I missed from time to time was the absence of Vander, the mysterious boy that finds Mia in the woods and then is ordered to stay out of sight completely. There are a few scenes from Vander's point of view which give a lot of insight to the other side of the plot. A few more would have brought some much-needed insider's information about the everyday lives of the Nethean people.

The plot is not the most eventful one. It keeps advancing at a steady pace throughout the book detailing Mia's training process and the history of Nethea. The anticipation for the action, for Mia's progress in training, for the first meeting of some characters', is what kept me reading. 

Mia's story is surprisingly quick to read for a four-hundred-page book. I flew through it in just a few hours! The writing will keep you engaged and the anticipation for what to come only accelerates your reading speed.

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