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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A group of elite young warriors must pose as a boy band while searching for their missing battle-brother in J.H. Tepley’s Lightwatch Chronicles: The Guardians. If such a premise doesn’t draw your attention, no young adult science fiction will. It’s a story of four young warriors as the Quarta, Nesteri, Hagal, Tei, and Farien are cadets of combat and spiritual arts. They are bound by the power of the Crystal—a complex energy artifact crafted by the High Adepts of Arts Sacranum. But after a surprise attack from the Shadow demons destroys their world, the Quarta is forced to flee. As they blend with human society while searching for Farien who got separated, the remaining three will have to make use of their talents. Tei knew how to weave songs and can definitely sing, Nesteri has wordsmith skills, while Hagal contributes to creating lyrics. While they are trying to adjust to a life of fame as a boy band, a war rages through the universe, and the Shadow’s forces are seeking to alter history.
J.H. Tepley’s Lightwatch Chronicles: The Guardians not only has a unique spin by combining space adventure and the boy band culture, but it has interesting characters that are sure to capture the hearts of young adult readers. It has a high-octane plot that never fails to sustain you with thrills. It is an original idea, with an added message dedicated to the unique philosophy that Tepley introduces for personal transformation, designed to help you succeed against the challenges of modern times. There are fascinating twists and surprises, and it takes the idea of space opera a notch higher. It may be high science fiction, but it will give you the same degree of emotion that you feel for the real world you live in. You will empathize with the Quarta in their fight against darkness. At times it can be slow but still engaging. I felt absorbed in reading it, and you will, too.