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Vanguard Legacy
Joanne Kershaw
Young Adult Fantasy
Xchyler Publishing
April 25, 2015

Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace. 

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

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The final installment in the Vanguard Legacy, Fated concludes the story of Elora Walker and her battle with the Dark Seekers.

Much has transpired since Elora’s epic battle between her sister Siva and father David. However, the defeat of the Dark Seekers comes at a costly price, one that has left Elora lost in many ways.

With her friends separated and battling their own demons post-war, Elora is left having to pick up the pieces with little to no support from those she loved and relied on. Instead, she is thrust into the world of the Vanguards and given her own quad, a team of Vanguards she commands.

But the new role comes with its own challenges. Reunited with the love she thought she lost, Elora must contend with the consequences of her actions which includes the constant reminder of her relationship with and betrayal by Zak, a once Dark Seeker whose soul is replenished but who now hates the very sight and thought of Elora.

Of course, there is nothing ordinary in Elora’s world. A chance encounter with the wicked Cassandra, her Dark Seeker father’s most trusted confidante reveals plans to unleash hell on earth and there is little time for the Vanguards to mobilize and prepare for the final battle between light and dark.

With her friends finding their way back and rallying around Elora and the unconditional support of her once distant mother along with the entire Vanguard, Elora is fueled by determination to take down and defeat the Dark Seekers once and for all.

What I loved:
1. The world building. Kershaw has created a world that is steeped in magic, both light and dark, vampires and characters with unique powers and has created rules that are knit together making for a rich fantasy.

2. Elora and Zak’s love story. I am a sucker for a good love story. Elora and Zak have faced the odds with their relationship every step of the way. Their story started with a heart wrenching betrayal yet their love was more powerful than the dark forces that tried to rip them apart. They’ve managed to find their way back to one another more than once and acknowledge how broken but how incomplete they are without the other.

3. Elora and her friends. Elora has a small but loyal group of friends. However, each has had to contend with the scars of battle and that has led to a chasm between them. Elora realizes the people she loves the most also need space from the constant reminder of what they’ve lost fighting the darkness. In turn, Elora is forced to grow up and learn to depend on herself and deal with her own problems. But when she needs her friends, they are there, ready to lay their lives down for Elora and fight until the very bitter end.

What I didn’t love:
1. The ending.

I won’t reveal why I didn’t love the ending because that would give away the outcome of the final battle but I was disappointed, maybe even heartbroken reading the last chapters of the book.

I really enjoyed the Vanguard series as a whole. The writing is clean and swift. There is plenty of drama complete with interesting twists and turns. Kershaw has created a unique world with plenty of conflict both internal and external.

If you are looking for a YA fantasy series, The Vanguard Legacy is a definite to add to your must-read list.

My rating: 5-stars

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Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again.

Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing



Vanguard Legacy: Foretold (Book 1, 2013)

Vanguard Recruit Elora Walker doesn’t know who demands more of her: her mother, or herself. But more than she wants to make Nina proud of her, she wants to know the truths buried deep in their mutual past. Haunted by the memory of her long-dead father, tormented by a psychic link to a faceless stranger, Elora learns to rely upon her friends and her newfound warrior skills to protect not only the Ignari from Dark Seekers, but the world from an ancient family secret that can destroy it.

Vanguard Legacy: Reflected (Book 2, 2014)

An ugly family secret laid bare, a mortal wound inflicted by her twin sister, betrayed by the love of her life—her supposed “soul mate”. In the wake of the battle with her evil father and his Dark Seekers, Elora Walker fights to recover from them all. Together with her Vanguard, Magicae, and Vampire friends, Elora races to gather ingredients for the spell of spells, bury the curse, and defeat the prophecy which has tainted her life since birth. To save the world, can she deny the yearnings of her heart? Or, will she succumb to the temptation of love, and plunge them all into Eternal Darkness.


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