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Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand. One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and wher Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand. One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards. Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does. Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems. At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.


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Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand. One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and wher Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand. One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards. Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does. Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems. At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.

30 review for The Guardian

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Well this took an awkward turn. So, nothing I enjoyed about book one was present in this second instalment. The heroine was even less appealing than she was in THE SERPENT (like, downright annoying, frustrating, and totally whiney, though, hey a lot less reminiscing about her Spartan days), we spend half the book in a whole new area of this Immortal Dealers world (sorta), and the only mildly interesting part of this entire book was the ending. All the characters I was excited to see more of and e Well this took an awkward turn. So, nothing I enjoyed about book one was present in this second instalment. The heroine was even less appealing than she was in THE SERPENT (like, downright annoying, frustrating, and totally whiney, though, hey a lot less reminiscing about her Spartan days), we spend half the book in a whole new area of this Immortal Dealers world (sorta), and the only mildly interesting part of this entire book was the ending. All the characters I was excited to see more of and explore the strange and complex and conflict-y dynamic, well.. none of them really stepped up in THE GUARDIAN. It was all just drama and frustration. And lets not even talk about the romance. Throw in some boredom (seriously, every chapter was rewarded with like twenty minutes of phone time, which meant this took a while to get through..) and I'm just all around disappointed. If this is a trilogy, I will probably snag the final book but if this is to be an expanded series, I won't bother. I'm super sad because I have read a lot of great things from Fine, though granted a few have left me wanting, but the switch from book one to two in this series was so drastic that I'm just at a loss right now. This one star is probably a bit harsh but I really can't find it in me to round up. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions *I've received an e-copy from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review * The Guardian is a second installment in the Immortal Dealers series. Well, I actually enjoyed this book more than the first book, but honestly it’s still not a great read for me. In every book, I always find something missing in it. It doesn’t have that wow factor. The characters were okay-ish but it does have an interesting sto Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions *I've received an e-copy from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review * The Guardian is a second installment in the Immortal Dealers series. Well, I actually enjoyed this book more than the first book, but honestly it’s still not a great read for me. In every book, I always find something missing in it. It doesn’t have that wow factor. The characters were okay-ish but it does have an interesting story-line with a unique concept and that’s why I’m still sticking to this series. As a newbie dealer, Ernie’s adventurous journey continues in this sequel. The book starts off with Ernie’s first mission as a dealer somewhere in Ukraine. Gabe is once again absent from her life. In the previous installment, while saving Gabe’s life, Ernie merges her card with Gabe’s and it creates a new card which builds a unique bond between them. Though they’ve defeated Duncan, they still have a major threat named Virginia, a dangerous power hungry dealer. She wants to become the next forger by defeating the current forger Andy, but first she needs the forger marks which was safely hidden in Gabe’s care. While fighting Virginia, Ernie gets pushed into another dimension. To find a way back to her home, Ernie needs to search for her father who’s been missing from their life for twenty years. Ernie is not my favorite protagonist but she’s pretty likable. After the events in the first book, She’s finally getting used to being a dealer and her bond with her diamondback deck grows strong. She still likes Gabe even though he’s reluctant to return her feelings. Gabe is still being a broody guy and wants to deny his attraction to Ernie. The romance in this book is very light because it’s not the central focus in this series. If you’re looking for an urban fantasy read with strong romance then you might be disappointed with this one. As for the supporting characters, I didn’t care much about them, but I really liked the new guy Kot. The plot was interesting filled with magic and adventure but the pacing seemed slow in most parts. I’ve skipped some pages because I was getting bored. It took a long time before things started to get interesting. I’ve enjoyed Ernie’s adventure with Kot in another dimension. It’s too bad that he wasn’t the love interest. I liked the action and adventure. There were some surprising twists especially the last one. Though this book answered some questions, it left us with even more questions. The writing style was good. As usual, this book was written in third person POV. The magical concept in this was very creative but it was very hard to grasp. It took some time for me to understand how everything worked. Overall, it was a good read but nothing exciting! The book was finally concluded with an interesting twist and I might check out the next book when it comes out. Recommend it? YES Personally, this wasn’t my favorite urban fantasy series but it wasn’t a bad series either. If you want to check out this series then definitely give it a shot. Who knows, you might enjoy it more than I did?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up I enjoyed the first book of this series, The Serpent, back in July, so I was happy and grateful that I was approved for the ARC of this sequel. We are back with Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger as she is trying to find what's happened with her father and figuring out her relationship with another Dealer, Gabe. Her attempt brings her to another dimension when another power-hungry Dealer hurtles her there. Ernie needs to find her way out of the dimension before losing her memorie 3.75 stars rounded up I enjoyed the first book of this series, The Serpent, back in July, so I was happy and grateful that I was approved for the ARC of this sequel. We are back with Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger as she is trying to find what's happened with her father and figuring out her relationship with another Dealer, Gabe. Her attempt brings her to another dimension when another power-hungry Dealer hurtles her there. Ernie needs to find her way out of the dimension before losing her memories and being victim of dangerous grasshopper monster. I don't know how to review this without spoiling the story -- basically because my reaction to this book RELATES closely to a number of plot twists. So forgive me, in advance, if I mistakenly spoil something. There are several a couple of updates with this universe that makes my jaw dropped. First of all, we finally find out about what happened with Redmond Terwilliger, Ernie's father. I was quite satisfied with that plot. Another one is what happened with Virginia, the Chicken Dealer, who betrayed the team in the last book, and Andy the Forger, who is hungry for chaos and has made life hell for the Dealers. I seriously wonder what will happen in the next books because of this -- what will the repercussions be for ALL of the Dealers. It's exciting and concerning at the same time. In terms of Ernie's romantic interest with Gabe, I'm still unsure about how I feel about it. Gabe is 'missing' in most of this book because Ernie is thrown into another dimension. And I believe they still need a LOT to talk about their feeling and how they will take the relationship forward. So, I guess we shall see how Ms. Fine deals with it in the next books. All in all, it's a great sequel. Hope to see book #3 somewhere in not-too-distant future The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series The Serpent with its never give up heroine and quite unique take on the paranormal. The idea of ‘Dealers’ connected to a deck of cards that is personified by a creature of some kind really caught my imagination and as there’s an arc going through about chaos and how it’s manipulated by these immortals I was extremely keen to see how things would progress. Ernie is our heroine and everything that’s happened to her is because her missing father was a D I really enjoyed the first book in this series The Serpent with its never give up heroine and quite unique take on the paranormal. The idea of ‘Dealers’ connected to a deck of cards that is personified by a creature of some kind really caught my imagination and as there’s an arc going through about chaos and how it’s manipulated by these immortals I was extremely keen to see how things would progress. Ernie is our heroine and everything that’s happened to her is because her missing father was a Dealer. Ernie is obviously on the hunt to find him but she’s unfortunately made a very powerful enemy and this story takes her far away from everyone she knows to a dimension where her memories quickly fade. Ernie might be new to the life of a Dealer but she’s already bonded with her deck and Legs the snake who fiercely guards it but in this dangerous world not even Legs can help her and time for Ernie and those she cares about is quickly running out. Yes I still enjoy this world the author has created but unfortunately there’s a couple of things in this story that prevented me giving it a higher rating. The continuation of a romance between Ernie and fellow Dealer Gabe just felt really off and at times I saw him more as an enemy in disguise than someone who actually cared about Ernie. The other thing that I really struggled with was Ernie's father, no spoilers but what we learn about him just made him seem pretty unlikeable and I’d wanted a character with substance who could feel like a worthy parent to Ernie. Now all that being said this was a cracking story with so much imagination put into the action between the Dealers. As this book ends there’s a huge shake up in the hierarchy of the Dealers that will obviously have repercussions making the next book a must read for me. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hélène Louise

    (I thank Netgalley and 47North for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) A very good sequel to "The serpent": if you have liked the first book of the series you'll probably like this one as much. I appreciated some nice inventivity for the middle part, with a strong atmosphere and an interesting point of view. I also like that the author doesn't drag for books and books some situations and managed to close some of them. The relation between Ernie and Gabe evolves in a credible and nua (I thank Netgalley and 47North for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) A very good sequel to "The serpent": if you have liked the first book of the series you'll probably like this one as much. I appreciated some nice inventivity for the middle part, with a strong atmosphere and an interesting point of view. I also like that the author doesn't drag for books and books some situations and managed to close some of them. The relation between Ernie and Gabe evolves in a credible and nuanced way, I liked the new characters, especially one who's not quite what we would have believe at first (nebulous l know, but no spoils!) To be continued :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* The Guardian is the second installment in author Sara Fine's Immortal Dealers series. The story continues the adventures of Ernestine "Ernie" Terwilliger who has become one of the Immortal Dealers after the events of the first installment. She has been given her first solo mission by Andy, the Forger, which takes her to the chaos ridden area of Russia and Ukraine. In all reality, Ernie has only had her full deck of cards for amount 8 *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* The Guardian is the second installment in author Sara Fine's Immortal Dealers series. The story continues the adventures of Ernestine "Ernie" Terwilliger who has become one of the Immortal Dealers after the events of the first installment. She has been given her first solo mission by Andy, the Forger, which takes her to the chaos ridden area of Russia and Ukraine. In all reality, Ernie has only had her full deck of cards for amount 8 weeks now and she is getting used to the power behind them and what she is able to do with her cards. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I really liked this book. Such an extraordinary idea that Dealers, with spirit animals living on their arms to assist them, carry cards with words that are used alone or in different combinations to create magic powers that help them fight for good or evil. The fate of the dealer comes down to their skill in dealing their cards. Ernie has recently become the Diamondback snake dealer and is still just getting used to using her deck. She struggles to help maintain the balance of good against evil I really liked this book. Such an extraordinary idea that Dealers, with spirit animals living on their arms to assist them, carry cards with words that are used alone or in different combinations to create magic powers that help them fight for good or evil. The fate of the dealer comes down to their skill in dealing their cards. Ernie has recently become the Diamondback snake dealer and is still just getting used to using her deck. She struggles to help maintain the balance of good against evil in her world. Their leader, the Forger, assigns tasks to the dealers to create chaos and he creates objects that pits them against each other to create more chaos. All are trying to hold on to their own power and alliances are forming. Ernie's dad was a dealer but he left 20 years ago and no one has seen him since. A power hungry dealer attacks Ernie's friend/lover and as she is helping him fight, Ernie is sent to and trapped in another dimension. She has to try and find her way back to her home dimension before she forgets who she is and loses her powers. In her journey, she must discover her father's secrets if she is to return and help her allies. This is the second book in the The Immortal Dealers series. I had not read the first book so it took me a while to understand the world building and magical adventures but I do think this worked well as a stand alone. It is such a creative idea for a series that I will go back and read the first book and will continue reading the series when future books are released. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    Dang, I really had high hopes for this series. I was expecting after the first book that our FMC Ernie would really have her stuff together but that just wasn't the case. I kept hoping that she was going to pull out all the stops and be awesome but the way the story played out she never really got that opportunity. Though I liked the book ok it just fell short of what I was hoping for. In this book Ernie is working for the Forger trying to find out info about her missing father. She once again co Dang, I really had high hopes for this series. I was expecting after the first book that our FMC Ernie would really have her stuff together but that just wasn't the case. I kept hoping that she was going to pull out all the stops and be awesome but the way the story played out she never really got that opportunity. Though I liked the book ok it just fell short of what I was hoping for. In this book Ernie is working for the Forger trying to find out info about her missing father. She once again comes up against the villains from the last book who are still plotting. She gets banished to an alternate universe which both tampers with her memories and her cards, and must find her father, and somehow remember how to get back. I was underwhelmed by Ernie once again, though I understand that she just fell into being a dealer, I just expected more from her and her abilities. We do get more information and backstory which was great but I am not really sure how it is going to help us in the long run. Also, just like in the last book there is tons of opposition for Ernie when she wants to work together with other dealers. I just really want Ernie to be awesome. I am not really sure what is in store for these characters but I am hoping that this doesn't drag out too much farther. We just make so little progress before a big push back.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ludivine

    Un deuxième tome qui ne tient pas les promesses du 1er...encore une fois. Les personnages font du sur place et ont des réactions immatures, les scènes d’action m’ont ennuyée ....j’ai aimé le passage dans une autre dimension avec son côté aventure mais cela n’a pas suffi à sauver le livre. Dommage car l’idée de départ était bonne.

  10. 4 out of 5

    nick

    Back in July, I read and adored Sarah Fine's The Serpent. After enjoying that first book, you bet I was excited to pick up The Guardian. The Guardian turned out to be a solid sequel that managed to surprise me on more than one occasion. Don't you just love when a book can do that? Ernie, as in the previous book, continued to be a delight in The Guardian. She is becoming more and more comfortable with her magical deck of cards and is learning more about herself daily. However, she is still a young Back in July, I read and adored Sarah Fine's The Serpent. After enjoying that first book, you bet I was excited to pick up The Guardian. The Guardian turned out to be a solid sequel that managed to surprise me on more than one occasion. Don't you just love when a book can do that? Ernie, as in the previous book, continued to be a delight in The Guardian. She is becoming more and more comfortable with her magical deck of cards and is learning more about herself daily. However, she is still a young dealer, so when a mistake propels her into another realm, it's up to her to figure out how to find her father and get back home. I was really happy to be reunited with Ernie. She was a brilliant and endearing character, who I quickly grew to love in the first book. In The Guardian, she continued to grow and mature, becoming more comfortable with her newfound abilities. Ernie was someone who loved and cared for people deeply and we get to see those personality traits of hers especially emphasized in this book. She went through a lot in The Serpent, but it's nothing compared to what she had to go through in The Guardian. Yet, Ernie remained true to herself and evolved into a braver, more fearless and more capable version of the Ernie we met in the first book. Gabe, the dealer who helped her out in the first book, was also back in this book. At first, I was a bit annoyed at him for disappearing from Ernie's life with no contact, but he was going through his own obstacles, and I understood where he was coming from. Though Gabe didn't appear as often as I would have liked in this sequel, whenever he was around, he continued to remain a faithful and invaluable partner to Ernie. Their romantic attraction to each other continued to flourish and though there were moments of uncertainty, I think it's safe to say that these two make for a powerful couple. The plot here was even more engaging than in the first book and I enjoyed the heck out of that first book! Sarah Fine continues to amaze me with these bold and creative worlds that she creates. She truly is one of the most imaginative authors out there for me. The whole other realm that Ernie was sucked into was quite fascinating with the giant grasshoppers terrorizing the folks of the village. Ernie also meets a new friend who was as intriguing as the main cast to me. The whole book had a bit of an adventurous vibe to it with Ernie navigating this new dimension and trying to figure out what happened to her father. We also learn more about Ernie's father, the magical decks and the Forger, the one who created the decks for his own entertainment. I also enjoyed reading more of the other dealers and their morphing relationships with each other - their dynamics are just so much fun. I have to say, Sarah Fine completely stunned me with the ending of The Guardian. It wasn't an ending I ever saw coming and I'm excited to see the repercussions that finale will have on the characters and the world in the future. Ernie and her friends have a long and arduous battle ahead for sure! As a sequel, The Guardian was impeccable. If you're looking for a fresh and fun UF series, The Immortal Dealers series is a must-read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Penny Noble

    Ernie is back in this second book of the series. She is thrown into another dimension by an enemy where she makes some very interesting discoveries after having a little bit of time adjusting to her new deck and being a Dealer. Yes, I am being a little vague as I don’t want to spoil this book; the book has many things happen in here I don’t want to give away. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one and I did get to be more comfortable with the universe and the different type of para Ernie is back in this second book of the series. She is thrown into another dimension by an enemy where she makes some very interesting discoveries after having a little bit of time adjusting to her new deck and being a Dealer. Yes, I am being a little vague as I don’t want to spoil this book; the book has many things happen in here I don’t want to give away. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one and I did get to be more comfortable with the universe and the different type of paranormal (which I find wonderful). However, I still don’t feel too much of the connection between Ernie and Gabe. I just want to yell at him sometimes for his attitude, and I can find him a little bit of a wet blanket. However, I really did enjoy this and was stunned at the end as I don’t know what is going to happen to the Dealers now. I will definitely be picking up the next one. Highly recommend! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I received a free copy of The Guardian (The Immortal Dealers Series, Book 2) by Sarah Fine in exchange for an honest review. I did not read the first book, but I had no problem following the concept and the storyline of this book. If you are looking for a grade school book report in my review, you will be disappointed. The Guardian appears to be an innovative series premise; a little reminiscent of green lantern with the powers of immortal dealers somewhat limited by their imagination. At times I received a free copy of The Guardian (The Immortal Dealers Series, Book 2) by Sarah Fine in exchange for an honest review. I did not read the first book, but I had no problem following the concept and the storyline of this book. If you are looking for a grade school book report in my review, you will be disappointed. The Guardian appears to be an innovative series premise; a little reminiscent of green lantern with the powers of immortal dealers somewhat limited by their imagination. At times when I was afraid it was getting a little formulaic Ms. Fine surprised me, especially at the end. The overall theme I picked up through the book which I assume will be in the subsequent books of this series is to get over your apathy and do something good. A good mantra for everyone. The lead character, "Ernie", is an energetic woman who can't give up on people or good causes and is shaking up the immortal dealers who have become disengaged with humans and the world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen Wawrejko

    As an Immortal Dealer, Ernestine Terrwilliger (Ernie), has the Diamondback deck. A tattoo "familiar" helps her and can emerge from her arm and manifest. Pulled into an alternate realm by Virginia, she searches for her father while she tries to return to the earth realm. Very innovative magic. Dealing the cards to create magic. Shield, food, attack, lift trucks, manifest clothes and vehicles. The authors imagination is all encompassing. Storyline is top notch, and makes this a cannot put down boo As an Immortal Dealer, Ernestine Terrwilliger (Ernie), has the Diamondback deck. A tattoo "familiar" helps her and can emerge from her arm and manifest. Pulled into an alternate realm by Virginia, she searches for her father while she tries to return to the earth realm. Very innovative magic. Dealing the cards to create magic. Shield, food, attack, lift trucks, manifest clothes and vehicles. The authors imagination is all encompassing. Storyline is top notch, and makes this a cannot put down book. Romance is intertwined in this thriller with Gabe and Ernie. Side characters and their decks are fascinating in their own right. 2nd book in the series, not a standalone. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    I am really enjoying this series. I think the magic system is really interesting, essentially using a special desk of cards with actions that can be combined to form spells by the "dealer". There weren't as many opportunities for magic battles in this one, because our heroine is trapped in an alternate world - and I was a bit disappointed with the results of her reunion with someone else trapped there. But the ending! It really opens things up for some interesting possibilities in the next book. I am really enjoying this series. I think the magic system is really interesting, essentially using a special desk of cards with actions that can be combined to form spells by the "dealer". There weren't as many opportunities for magic battles in this one, because our heroine is trapped in an alternate world - and I was a bit disappointed with the results of her reunion with someone else trapped there. But the ending! It really opens things up for some interesting possibilities in the next book. This review is on a ARC copy received via NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger is now playing with a full deck. She is one of the immortal dealers who use magical cards that are also the animals tattooed on their skin. Her father had been one, and has been missing for twenty years. In The Guardian (paper from 47North), Sarah Fine finds Ernie sent to an alternate universe where a giant grasshopper is eating people. Her father had been sent there twenty years before. Is he still alive? This is a fun series, but this second adventure is a bit gen Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger is now playing with a full deck. She is one of the immortal dealers who use magical cards that are also the animals tattooed on their skin. Her father had been one, and has been missing for twenty years. In The Guardian (paper from 47North), Sarah Fine finds Ernie sent to an alternate universe where a giant grasshopper is eating people. Her father had been sent there twenty years before. Is he still alive? This is a fun series, but this second adventure is a bit generic.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Belbin

    This book was just as great as the first! Ernie is transported into another realm where she starts to lose her memory, but needs to find her way back to save those she loves. We find out more about her dad and Virginia (The Chicken Dealer), which has brought so many twists and turns that it’s hard to put down. With the ending that it had, I can’t wait until the next book is released!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    the More She Writes, The Better She Gets I haven't read all of Sarah's books, but I'm getting there. I've enjoyed the ones I have read, finding them to be arresting, well-written and entertaining. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Serrano Hargrove

    Great Story another book? It leaves you wondering if there will be a 3 rd instalment of not we will see. Dated a four star because some descriptions were too mych.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    3.5★ rounded up I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. When I received an early copy of The Guardian by Sarah Fine, I couldn’t wait to start it. In fact, I stopped reading what I was on so that I could immediately start this one. And y’all it did NOT disappoint! Picking up a few months after the events of The Serpent, we find Ernie trying to right a wrong before being swept away by another immortal dealer for a not 3.5★ rounded up I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. When I received an early copy of The Guardian by Sarah Fine, I couldn’t wait to start it. In fact, I stopped reading what I was on so that I could immediately start this one. And y’all it did NOT disappoint! Picking up a few months after the events of The Serpent, we find Ernie trying to right a wrong before being swept away by another immortal dealer for a not so fun adventure. I should note that if you have NOT read "The Serpent", there may be minor spoilers to that story in this review. Read at your own risk. Ernie’s Immortal and Lonely Ernie is exactly how I remember her. She’s a fighter, has a strong moral code, and is still searching for her father. While she thought he’d left her as a child, she’s now learned that he was forced to and also became an immortal dealer in the process. Now that Ernie has inadvertently followed in his footsteps, she’s determined to find him. It beats the alternative….missing Gabe. So one of things I found myself struggling with in this installment is that none of the characters I was excited to explore and see more of were present, particularly Gabe…you know the love interest. This made for a long read if you were expecting more romance, which I kind of was. However (without spoiling anything) the relationship between Gabe and Ernie becomes more relatable and realistic as the book progresses. A Splinter Dimension Yep, Fine went there. In this installment, Ernie learns that Earth is not the only place when she gets thrown into another dimension after an encounter with the Chicken dealer. It was an interesting twist, kind of like a pocket dimension with a Frankenstein-ish atmosphere. A majority of the book takes place here and a lot of backstory about the dealers is revealed when Ernie finds something she has desperately been looking for. Final Thoughts Overall, while I enjoyed The Guardian, I didn’t love it like I did The Serpent. Too much was missing until the very end. But that ending….it was explosive (no pun intended). I’ll definitely be watching for the next one and hope that Fine builds on what she introduced in the first two installments. If you enjoy urban fantasy with a taste (and I do mean just a little taste) of romance, I highly recommend it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Ballard

    Loved reading the engaging, paranormal second book in the series. When Ernie is thrown into another dimension, she tries to find her father, her cards are unreliable, she starts to forget things, can't tell who is friend or foe, and is running for her life. Read the highly recommended and wonderfully written fantasy book full of action and intrigue.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Niv

    I would give this book 3 stars because it can sometimes be hard to follow if you don't read the first book. It was also a little boring in some parts. The ending was really interesting and I found myself excited to find out what was happening. I would read the next book in the series because I'm curious of the fate of some of the characters. I didn't like the main character, Ernie, I couldn't connect to her at all. I also found the entire premise of "card dealers" very strange. Maybe I'm just mi I would give this book 3 stars because it can sometimes be hard to follow if you don't read the first book. It was also a little boring in some parts. The ending was really interesting and I found myself excited to find out what was happening. I would read the next book in the series because I'm curious of the fate of some of the characters. I didn't like the main character, Ernie, I couldn't connect to her at all. I also found the entire premise of "card dealers" very strange. Maybe I'm just missing some important information because I didn't read the first book but immortal card dealers who travel the world seems very strange. I received an ARC from Netgalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie Jensen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Cogswell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sally Thompson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline McLean

  29. 4 out of 5

    dorcas m faz

  30. 4 out of 5

    inge hadwick

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