In Zerah, Guardians of Water, Air, Fire, Earth, Life and Death are chosen by The Beings to serve their people. Able to feel the emotions the Beings cannot, they help their world stay in balance.
Guardians live and die together, but when Kieran is born with the marks that prove he’s the Guardian of Death, his mother hides him instead of giving him up to the temple. She loves him too much to lose him. But then he starts seeing people die, and they’re begging him for help. Trying to remove the “curse”, he inadvertently kills a seer and is brought to the attention of the temple.
His mother is imprisoned and he’s turned over to the temple. The rest of his life, he’s expected to live there, study with the other Guardians, learn the right ways to use his power.
Amaya, the embodiment of Water, breaks through his brittle shell, helps him to see that all of life isn’t bleak, but they’ve sworn a vow and love for one another isn’t part of it. He’ll never know the people he must eventually lead into the next life, never know love, never be free.
If he stays…
I am very conflicted about my thoughts on this novel. I went into it expecting it to be more in the romance genre, but I am not so certain anymore. I mean, there is romance, but there is no clear HEA in sight yet.
In Zerah’s Chosen we find ourselves in a world where guardians of the elements, Life and Death are born to every generation. They are marked from birth and should be taken to the temple for training from a very young age. There they take vows to the Beings that bestowed their powers onto them and train to harness their powers and live selflessly toward the good of Zerah.
Kieran is has the markings of Death, but his mother refused to be separated from him, so she hid him for as long as she could. At age 15 Kieran accidentally kills a seer that was trying to help him, he then is found and taken to the temple whilst his mother is condemned to prison and isolation for the rest of her life.
From them on we follow Kieran’s journey into manhood while he learns how to control his power and while he forges a relationship with the other 4 guardians. However, he always feels like an outsider and the only bright thing is his life seems to be Amaya, the guardian that holds the power of water.
Any feelings other than brotherhood and friendship are forbidden by the code the guardians have vowed to follow, so when Kieran and Amaya find themselves desiring and needing each other in a way they have never known, things start to spiral out of control.
I actually went through this novel fairly quickly and I did enjoy the story. The whole “religious” concept behind the guardian was very interesting as was the whole “debate” about being a zealot and blindly following your own interpretation of a code that you consider to be holy.
I have a huge problem with this, especially since this sort of blind trust is what leads to so many conflicts in our own world. Therefore that only made this story that much more appealing to me.
All in all Zerah’s Chosen is a great fantasy read that ended is such a cliffhanger that I can’t help to rejoice in the fact that there will be a continuation to the series. If you are looking for a fast paced, action filled novel this is NOT the book for you. Zerah’s Chosen takes its own time in telling its story, and I was just fine with that. I definitely recommend it to any fantasy fan out there!
I give Zerah’s Chosen 4 out of 5 Bookies!
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