The Thirteenth Guardian
Author: K.M. Lewis
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
DA VINCI’S SECRET PALES. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Eve did not cause the fall of man. She carried a far more devastating secret for millennia—one that will change the world forever.
As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt,” Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation. Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.
The first thing that caught my attention was the premise. I loved the idea of the “Plagues of Egypt” destroying our world today and it does that and beyond. From wiping out the east coast with a giant wave to earthquakes toppling cities, it’s a survival story I wanted to get into.
The book follows six young adults who are destined to save the world. They have a few things in common that bond them and a secret society will do whatever it takes to keep them protected during the event.
Since there are six characters that mean there will be six points of view, which I was fine with. It was usually easy to tell who was who, but then we started getting points of views from other characters like pilots and had to get long backstories about them. I’m all for building up secondary characters, but I wanted to get to know the main ones first and I never got fully connected with any of them. Usually, in stories like these, I end up coming out with a few favorites, but that just didn’t happen here. I knew their backstory but never really got to know THEM.
However, it tells a good mystery as you learn more about what’s going on. That definitely kept me reading. Why are these events happening now? How are these six people going to save the world? I wanted to know the answers.
I’m a fan of apocalyptic books, but sometimes the same old things get boring like zombies or aliens or the world destroying itself. No one could’ve stopped this and the devastation is huge. It didn’t shy away from the deaths and it makes you wonder how you would react in the same situation.
Overall, if you’re someone who prefers story and plot over characters then I’m sure you’d enjoy this. The premise is different and I enjoyed reading about the different events happening around the world. I just wish I could’ve rooted for the characters more, but like I said, it didn’t stop me from reading and wanting to know more.
About the Author
K.M. Lewis has lived in multiple countries around the world and speaks several languages. Lewis holds a graduate degree from one of the Ivy League Universities featured in his book. When he is not writing, Lewis doubles as a management consultant, with clients in just about every continent. He does much of his writing while on long flights and at far-flung airports around the globe. He currently resides on the East Coast of the U.S. with his family.
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