The Guardian Collection

End of the Sixth Age, Books 1 through 5

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
322 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2018
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Guardian Collection: End of the Sixth Age by Bill Best is the full compilation of the series' novellas, pulled together to form the whole canon in a single volume. The collection tells the stories of an extraordinary (and mismatched) group who are forced to come together in order to defer the inevitable: the coming of an evil so great that it – and the destruction it brings – have been thoroughly foretold. This is a science fiction series with its roots firmly planted in Christianity, and its culminating battle of good versus evil is woven through the strength and struggles of the heroes who are inevitably bound to fight it.

Bill Best's characters in The Guardian Collection: End of the Sixth Age are wonderfully well depicted and come to life almost the moment they are introduced. Given the length of this series (each component being a novella), initially the individuals brought forward were a bit hard to follow, but they were unique enough to catch on with quickly. Best writes with a skill for creating great visuals of body language and movement which assist greatly in this. The compilation packs a huge punch for such a tight little read, with the technical aspects of science fiction and the world it encompasses worthy enough for even the most skeptical reader. I'd recommend The Guardian Collection to those who enjoy quality science fiction in bite-sized morsels. There is the added bonus of symbolism and allegories that lend to a foundation of faith without detracting even a single element of the specialized mechanics that make for a worthwhile space opera.