Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Allison Moulton
Magic and magical creatures. Immortal gods and goddesses. History and mythology. Strap in for this action-packed YA novel that takes place over the days leading up to World War II, when Ziva must rely on her wit and magic to outmaneuver Nazis and ancient Egyptian gods to prevent global destruction.
Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny.
Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for.
But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.
I was excited to read this blend of YA fantasy and historical fiction, but I ended up not finishing it because it read too much like Harry Potter or a Shadowhunters book. A chosen one is trained to fight evil… yada yada. I also did not appreciate how the author simplified history. History is not black and white; it is very nuanced. The author oversimplified a very complex issue.
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Oh, the comparison to a Shadowhunters book makes me want to read it! Thank you for being on this tour, even if it wasn’t a good fit for you. Sara @ TLC Book Tours
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