Book Reviews

Guardian (Aisling Trilogy 1) by Carole Cummings at Rocky Ridge Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Law Enforcement / Magic / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Dora (Guest Reviewer) on 09-June-2020

Book Blurb

Constable Dallin Brayden neither appreciates nor believes in fate. At least not until he meets “Wilfred Calder” who’s been been running from it all his life. When Wil is brought in for questioning as a witness to a brutal murder, and subsequently flees, Dallin is dragged by duty into the chaos of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries. And all of it seems to reach its nexus in the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

When Dallin finally catches up to Wil, it only makes matters worse. Prickly and full of rage, Wil tells an unbelievable tale of magic and betrayal that threatens to shatter the carefully cultivated foundations of Dallin’s world. Leery and only half-believing, Dallin finds himself questioning not only his own conscience and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold the power of his own country’s fate in their hands.

First edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2010.

Second edition published by DSP Publications, August 2017.


Book Review

As a teen I'd often wait until the family had gone to bed, then I'd switch on my bedside lamp, reading late into the night. If I'd been recently busted for being up after lights out, I'd hide under the covers with a favorite read and a flashlight. The worlds created in the pages of books transported me to another place and time. Sweeping epics carried me away, and before I knew it, I'd stayed up much too late. Again.

Fast forward a few years. Okay, a lot of years. The words are viewed through bifocal lenses now, but the same all-consuming urge to stay up all night and read has overtaken me again. I've become engulfed in a world so foreign, and yet so familiar, that has pulled me in completely. I couldn't stop reading, and had to force myself to put this book down or else be late for work, thanks to the incredibly talented Carole Cummings.

‘Guardian’ is a novel that introduces us to two very opposite men. Wil, living a life of fear and yet so determined to be free of those who'd enslave him; Dallin, whose stoic, analytical mind must bend to accept what he's previously believed to be myth. Thanks to very descriptive writing and a perfectly paced plot, I found myself in the shoes of both men, living in their world, and came to care for these two unique individuals and the allies they meet along the way. (I'd also like to hurt anyone who dares look at poor Wil with ill intent!) And while the book ends with our heroes yet to form a bond, the lead-up is riveting.

Fabulous worldbuilding and characterizations make this a must-read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I envy this author's way with words.

Want to get away from it all? Take a mental vacation with ‘Aisling’. This is book one of what I believe will be a trilogy. Ms. Cummings, please say the sequel will published soon!





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 314 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-June-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback
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