Book Review: Protector by Joanne Wadsworth

Review of Joanne Wadsworth's "Protector."

Life is changing fast for Faith Stryker. She's just turned 18 and has learned some news that she's not quite believing just yet - she's a Halfling. She's never known her father, since he left her and her mother just a day after Faith's birth. Now, her new friend Belle is telling Faith that her father is from the planet Magio, making her a Halfling - and her powers are beginning to take shape. Faith finds all of this just too far-fetched to believe, until she meets Davio, the prince of Peacio, one of Magio's two countries. Their connection turns out to be something neither of them expect - or, ultimately, know what to do about. When Faith is attacked by a warrior from Magio's other country, all bets are off -- especially when Faith, Belle, Davio and the others find out just who it was who attacked Faith.

I was feeling a little like Faith as I started reading "Protector." It seemed like I, as the reader, had been thrust right into the middle of something that needed a little more set-up. I was fairly skeptical at first, and found myself snorting at the names - Peacio, Magio, Davio - everything just seemed a little corny. But what I found really interesting was how, as the story unfolded, my own level of belief and connection intensified along with Faith's. By the end of the story, I was fully invested and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

The writing is, in places, a little choppy; a little awkward. I wanted more romance between Faith and Davio but, it's rare when I find a book that I don't say that about! (What can I say? I love romance!) My final criticism is that the science fiction aspects Wadsworth describes throughout the story seemed overwhelming sometimes. There was a lot to take in and I, like Faith in many scenes, felt lost and in over my head. However, in that regard, I think she does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the POV of the narrator.

Overall, 3.5/5 stars. I'm eager for the next book!

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