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A school of magic and invention. An academy military excellence. Deadly secrets await...secrets leading to murder. Everson is brilliant and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother. When Everson is sent to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn joins A school of magic and invention. An academy military excellence. Deadly secrets await...secrets leading to murder. Everson is brilliant and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother. When Everson is sent to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn joins a military school to remain near him. Hidden danger lurks within the fabled institutions. Quinn becomes embroiled in a struggle she doesn't understand, one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination might help her survive. If she only knew whom she could trust. Within the other school, Everson studies a dangerous magic known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he melds it with science, dreaming up inventions to reshape the future. His greatest discovery will change the world...or it could destroy everything. A Warden's Purpose kicks off a fantasy adventure packed full of magic, intrigue, action, and betrayal, perfect for fans of Mistborn, Kingfountain, or Six of Crows. Download your copy today. Your adventure awaits.


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A school of magic and invention. An academy military excellence. Deadly secrets await...secrets leading to murder. Everson is brilliant and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother. When Everson is sent to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn joins A school of magic and invention. An academy military excellence. Deadly secrets await...secrets leading to murder. Everson is brilliant and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother. When Everson is sent to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn joins a military school to remain near him. Hidden danger lurks within the fabled institutions. Quinn becomes embroiled in a struggle she doesn't understand, one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination might help her survive. If she only knew whom she could trust. Within the other school, Everson studies a dangerous magic known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he melds it with science, dreaming up inventions to reshape the future. His greatest discovery will change the world...or it could destroy everything. A Warden's Purpose kicks off a fantasy adventure packed full of magic, intrigue, action, and betrayal, perfect for fans of Mistborn, Kingfountain, or Six of Crows. Download your copy today. Your adventure awaits.

30 review for A Warden's Purpose: A Coming of Age Fantasy Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Years after the fate of humankind was determined in a terrible battle of good versus evil, the effects of that war are still felt. Like the heroes in THE RUNES OF ISSALIA series, once again, the youth of Issalia will drive this fantasy, told through the eyes and hearts of Quinn and her adopted brother, Everson. Quinn is a warrior at heart, a leader, loyal and determined to find her place in the warrior school. Everson has disabilities that have stunted his ability to socialize, but his intelligen Years after the fate of humankind was determined in a terrible battle of good versus evil, the effects of that war are still felt. Like the heroes in THE RUNES OF ISSALIA series, once again, the youth of Issalia will drive this fantasy, told through the eyes and hearts of Quinn and her adopted brother, Everson. Quinn is a warrior at heart, a leader, loyal and determined to find her place in the warrior school. Everson has disabilities that have stunted his ability to socialize, but his intelligence, heart and curiosity in the school of engineering and magic far overshadows any physical impairments…once people look beyond his body. It will be their strong points that could be their downfall as a dark entity is determined to use them as pawns for their evil machinations. Will Quinn and Everson each face their own trials only to discover the danger their world is in or will the danger only be for them? Friendships are formed, jealousies will rise, and betrayals will be endured…welcome back to Issalia in A WARDEN’S PURPOSE. Jeffrey L. Kohanek fires up this tale with an opening that is shocking and certainly attention grabbing! We are then invited to live the events prior, from a warm and loving home life to the cruelties Everson must face for being different while Quinn runs a slightly overbearing interference in his defense. Written for younger YA readers to get lost in, Mr. Kohanek brings out both the best and the worst in people, organizations and the world. Filled with action, imagination and an atmosphere of pure fantasy, this is sure to be a hit for even the most reluctant of readers! Characters come alive, some good, some insecure, some brilliantly filled with the light and innocence of youth, all of them will feel the pressures to succeed. A simply wonderful read to fuel the imagination page after page as these characters face seemingly insurmountable odds and push ahead! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jeffrey L. Kohanek! Series: Wardens of Issalia - Book 1 Publisher: Fallbrandt Press (May 19, 2018) Publication Date: May 19, 2018 Genre: Middlegrade | YA Fantasy Paperback: 292 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Edit: Did a quick re-read and decided to bump this guy up to a 4, still a bit on the cheesy side but I really enjoyed it, so 4 it is! This book was a very strong 3.5/5 for me. I'm always a sucker for school oriented stories and this was one of the more unique schools that I've read about. I loved the idea of magic, runes and engineering combining to create a host of cool inventions for me to read about. The Pros: This book has a lot of pros, so many that I will definitely be reading the next book Edit: Did a quick re-read and decided to bump this guy up to a 4, still a bit on the cheesy side but I really enjoyed it, so 4 it is! This book was a very strong 3.5/5 for me. I'm always a sucker for school oriented stories and this was one of the more unique schools that I've read about. I loved the idea of magic, runes and engineering combining to create a host of cool inventions for me to read about. The Pros: This book has a lot of pros, so many that I will definitely be reading the next book in the series the first chance I get. Do you like school settings? A super smart MC? A bad ass female MC? Awesome action through out? Yeah, this book has all of those things. "With rapid and fluid movement, not one motion wasted, the way Quinn scaled the wall would have made a lizard proud. She reached the top and grabbed the pulley handles with a thrust, her legs swinging wildly out as her momentum carried her down the long rope." But while action scenes are fun, I always need to be able to like the books characters. If the characters aren't likable, I usually have a hard time getting into a book, but I didn't have that problem with Everson and Quinn. Everson is the first character that we're introduced to. He's trapped in a cell (we don't know why) and is forced to tell his story to his unknown captors. We're also told, with in the first couple pages, that our main character was born with a disability. "Everson bit his lip as uncomfortable feelings surfaced, rising above the tension of the moment. His eyes lowered to his lap and saw pale thighs - scrawny, twisted, useless." Everson's disability plays a big part in the overall story and shaped his character into something unique. Since he has trouble moving around, he spends his life building up his brain instead of his muscles (which is why he gets accepted to the school of engineering and magic). The Cons: There were two main things that made this book more of a 3 star, than a 4 star read for me. While I enjoyed the characters, the action scenes, and the overall plot, some of the interactions were a bit juvenile. There is one semi-romantic relationship in the book and the couples choices/reactions to each other were very reminiscent of middle school. Some of the interactions between Quinn and Everson are just as overplayed and middle school like. (Quinn being overprotective to the point of insanity being one example) "Quinn felt a single tear run down her cheek - a tear of betrayal." That, my friends, is some epic stringy cheese. But that was my only real gripe with this book. The cheese is strong, but the overall story and characters are stronger. This book has an intense young adult vibe, so if that's not your thing, A Warden's Purpose probably isn't for you. Final Thoughts I feel like if I had found this book when I was in middle school, or early highschool, it would have ended up a dog eared mess by the end of the year from constant re-reading. While some of the cheesy parts didn't pair well with my adult self, I would've loved it in my early years. It's a fun, easy read, and I can't wait to see what kind of adventures Everson and Quinn get into next. The way the story ended, I know the sequel is going to be a blast!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A good start to a promising series. RTC

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (bunnyreads)

    I do a fair bit of ya reading but most of it is older than what I feel this is geared towards. Not a big deal though, I read anything but I did have to make some allowances for things I wouldn’t let slide in an older teen novel. This felt more along the age group of Zahn’s Dragon and Thief series but that might change as series progresses. It was a lot of fun though. It’s quick paced and adventurey feeling with some mildly dangerous situations that the young protags get themselves out of through I do a fair bit of ya reading but most of it is older than what I feel this is geared towards. Not a big deal though, I read anything but I did have to make some allowances for things I wouldn’t let slide in an older teen novel. This felt more along the age group of Zahn’s Dragon and Thief series but that might change as series progresses. It was a lot of fun though. It’s quick paced and adventurey feeling with some mildly dangerous situations that the young protags get themselves out of through their own devices- the kind of stuff I think the younger teens would really enjoy. There’s nothing too graphic- a few hints of a very tame romance and there were some deaths but on the whole they’re very distant feeling. The book is pretty straightforward with the sibling’s each recounting their lives to their kidnappers (which happens almost immediately so no spoilers) part of the mystery is the why’s behind their kidnapping, and the why are they wanting to have them tell this story told in the first place. You do start to get an idea as the story unfolds though you don’t really know the whole reason until the very end- which I liked and thought is was a neat way to keep you reading. The sibling’s have a great relationship with each other and their parents, I appreciated that, and that both of them were fun pov characters. The fact that we see each of their sides of their time at the school was helpful in keeping the school setting from being monotonous and for me, not being a big fan of learning/school settings, that it didn’t feel like a “sitting in the classroom learning this thing” book made it a much more enjoyable read. Quinn- the sister is the fighter. She’s a bit cocky has a strong sense of justice and fairness and doesn’t like bully’s, she’s super protective of her brother Everson. Her parts at the school was mostly fight training and hunting. Everson- The brother. Super smart and a bit more subdued personality wise- mostly because of the fact that he was unable to walk so he spent much of his early years with only Quinn to keep him company. After his dad made him some special canes he was able to get around but was bullied so he feels uncomfortable in crowds etc.… His parts at the school were more to do with the magic, inventing (think of him as a young teen Q) and use of the runes. There was a nice collection of friends and other activities to round things out at the school, and some life messages about bullying, and acceptance. As a teen, I probably would have eaten this up with a spoon. The introverted me, would have loved the smart and improvising nature of Everson. But the skilled fighter and outgoing personality, I always wanted to have, of Quinn, would have been a favorite too. So, this wins with both characters for me. As an adult, I wished for a few extra bits in the story to round it out. Like for instance a little more reaction at the end when a certain someone shows up at the interrogation and it’s a surprise for him/her, considering the circumstances he/she had last seen this person, I expected a tad more there. (nothing like beating around the bush but you’ll know what I mean if you read it) During the cutback scenes- it felt too easy-going, here’s my story. Outside of the beginning there’s few to no thoughts/questions about “ok, what the heck is going on here?” even though they were spilling the beans in protection of the other sibling. Everson especially, is an inquisitive thinking kid and I would have liked more of him speculating or just anything really. To be fair, some of that feeling like there’s not enough reaction from the kids through the story could also be that the passage of time, which was noted at the end but felt longer because of the story being told, then it actually was while telling it. TLDR; A quick fun YA with some nice friendships, neat rune magic, and a touch of mystery to round it all out. Actual score 3.5 -Thank you to the author Jeffrey L Kohanek, for generously providing a copy through Esme’s tbrinder matchmaking reviewer/author service, which you can find here at The Weatherwax Report- https://weatherwaxreport.blog/2018/04...

  5. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Branson

    A enjoyable read for sure. A bit slow and confusing at the start due to the way the book is opened, but it all makes sense by the end, so you have to hang around for the big pay off. I really ended up loving this book and by about the 50-60% mark, I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves a good sword and sorcery novel, especially if you're looking for a novel where the hero is great because of who they are and not because of the magic that they possess. A enjoyable read for sure. A bit slow and confusing at the start due to the way the book is opened, but it all makes sense by the end, so you have to hang around for the big pay off. I really ended up loving this book and by about the 50-60% mark, I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves a good sword and sorcery novel, especially if you're looking for a novel where the hero is great because of who they are and not because of the magic that they possess.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    “A Warden’s Purpose” an imaginative and absorbing young adult fantasy begins when a brilliant and handicapped young inventor named Everson is accepted at the Fallbrandt Academy of Magic & Engineering (FAME) while his fiery, overly- protective sister Jacquinn (Quinn) Gulagas, a warrior-at-heart enters the Torreco Academy of Combat Training (TACT). Excited about combining science and magic after learning about the “Chaos” theory Everson garners a new sense of purpose and self-worth as his friends, “A Warden’s Purpose” an imaginative and absorbing young adult fantasy begins when a brilliant and handicapped young inventor named Everson is accepted at the Fallbrandt Academy of Magic & Engineering (FAME) while his fiery, overly- protective sister Jacquinn (Quinn) Gulagas, a warrior-at-heart enters the Torreco Academy of Combat Training (TACT). Excited about combining science and magic after learning about the “Chaos” theory Everson garners a new sense of purpose and self-worth as his friends, Donnel, Ivy, with the aid of his roommate Jonah’s magical ability help him fabricate a device that could win the “Autumn Inventor’s Challenge”. But all too quickly he learns that some of his friends are hiding deadly secrets as he faces betrayal where he least expected it. As Everson works with his team, dreaming up an invention fueled by magic that will shape his future, Quinn’s training becomes dangerous when on a hunting trip two of her party are killed and searching for the truth she’s betrayed; a piece of her heart stolen in the process. Fast-paced and action-packed Everson and Quinn overcome challenges in the pursuit of their goals that have one inventing creations fueled by magic that will enrich and save lives, and the other learning to be a “shield against tyranny and darkness”. Skillfully developed and intense a mystery emerges when students on a hunting expedition with Quinn are murdered by an invisible assailant, and Everson’s friend Donnel is suspiciously killed. Interesting is the undercurrent in the plot which I expect will be further developed as a storm is brewing in the Kingdoms of Issalia after Cinti Mor is conquered, and the royals from the other kingdoms meet at the academy to discuss their strategy. As Everson and Quinn relate their story after being captured and held by mysterious captors, the plot thickens as it flows smoothly to a surprising ending that begs for a sequel. Bringing the story to life are strong and compelling characters like crippled Everson Gulagas an intellectual genius adopted after the death of his mother by Quinn’s family. Rather than feeling sorry for himself he’s used his ingenuity and determination to create inventions that his father marvels at and easily sells. Feisty, defiant and bold, Quinn Gulagas is a born warrior who hates bullies and has selflessly protected her brother against anyone who tries to intimidate him. I thoroughly enjoyed “A Warden’s Purpose” a coming-of-age adventure that’s a page-turner from beginning to the end. While I wait for the sequel, I intend to read Kohanek’s “The Runes of Issalia” a series that I expect can further augment the background to this story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ale

    One of the best initiatives to come out of the r/fantasy subreddit is the TBRindr, which matches indie authors with reviewers and allows them to get as much exposure as possible. I filled in a survey of my preferences and A Warden's Purpose is the first book I was offered. I would say, off the bat, that this hasn't influenced my opinion of the book and that the below is my honest review. I wish at times like this that Goodreads did half stars, because I think 3 star indicates slightly warmer fee One of the best initiatives to come out of the r/fantasy subreddit is the TBRindr, which matches indie authors with reviewers and allows them to get as much exposure as possible. I filled in a survey of my preferences and A Warden's Purpose is the first book I was offered. I would say, off the bat, that this hasn't influenced my opinion of the book and that the below is my honest review. I wish at times like this that Goodreads did half stars, because I think 3 star indicates slightly warmer feelings that I ended up having towards the book, but two stars would take away, in my eyes, from what the book does do well. The story in itself is fairly straightforward: Everson is boy who loses the use of his legs and is adopted into a blacksmith's family. He grows up into a very intelligent young man, alongside his sister Quinn, who displays prowess in physical combat. The two move with their family to study at the best schools in their respective arenas: one of magic and engineering, the other one of combat. However, all is not as it seems and soon both Quinn and Everson find themselves embroiled in plots that go beyond simple rivalry within the classroom and soon, there is more at stake than their mere training. Their very lives are at stake. I have to say that I am not usually a massive fan of training novels (Harry Potter notwithstanding). I find that school settings can be a bit same-y and repetitive, but the alternating viewpoints in the novel do ensure that there is a level of tension maintained throughout the school sections. I also liked the way Kohanek expanded on the settings: the various challenges that Everson and Quinn have to endure, the lessons that expand on the magic in this world (primarily Chaos for Everson) and sometimes even the simple setting of a meal taken between friends. It's very reminiscent of the early parts of the Harry Potter series, as we were introduced to Hogwarts and in that respect, it works very well. Everson's disability is treated respectfully: we see Everson struggle with his canes, we see the reactions from others around him and we see him overcome it in various ways. However, I found Quinn's overprotective nature to be slightly over the top. She behaves, at times, like a beserker in a D&D story, but without any indication she may be one. I found it exhausting to read about, especially as the novel and plot wore on and although Everson does call her out on it, it's not really addressed beyond that. It skirts the edge of Strong Female Character a few too many times to work for me, unfortunately. The plot also seems to have stop-start moments, which I feel could be fixed with slightly better editing. There are chapters where we seem to spend a bit too much time with Everson (especially noticeable in such a short novel) and not enough with Quinn, especially when her story is, at times, the more interesting one. There is a big buildup at the end (and somewhat of a resolution, though this clearly is setting up further novels), but I found myself asking questions that will either be answered in a subsequent novel, or are worrying plot holes. For example, (view spoiler)[how did Iko and Percy manage to lie to the arcanist about Darnya's murder? Is there involvement further up the chain then? (hide spoiler)] I also think that the worldbuilding and dialogue could use a bit of a polish. There seems to be a tendency for characters to use more modern slang and to go into quite dramatic monologues. I didn't always feel that Kohanek has a handle on Everson and Quinn's voices (and I know this can be very tricky in a multi POV novel) and there were moments where their lines felt forced for the drama, rather than an organic reaction. I do think that this may change as the series progresses. With the worldbuilding, I would just like to see more of it, I suppose. There are hints at quite big things out there (particularly around the application of Chaos), so in that respect, my curiosity has definitely been piqued. A Warden's Purpose skews a bit younger than I would normally read fantasy novels - skirting the edge of young adult and veering more into the teen territory. But don't let that fool you. Kohanek still manages to tackle themes you might not even find in more 'adult' fantasy, particularly around disability. If school settings don't put you off, then you'll definitely enjoy those scenes (and some, like I said, I found to be very easy to read through, very natural and funny in their own way). There is some romance, which does get a little bit cheesy (there are butterflies in stomachs and tears of betrayal) and which did put me off because it's a) a staple in the YA repertoire and b) not really all that interesting. I feel that the twists would have worked just as well without including the romantic angle and I would definitely have enjoyed the novel more without them; healthy portrayals of mixed gender friendships are not all that common in fantasy, after all, particularly at the YA/teen level. Does A Warden's Purpose get a recommendation from me? It does, yes, with the caveats I mentioned above. There are some bits that could use a polish, the romance left me lukewarm, but I did enjoy the relationship between Everson and Quinn. I'm curious to see where Kohanek goes from here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This story ends up being a great read. A little slow in spots but easily to get through. The characters are lovable and strong. A lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing til the end. Great story line. You won't be disappointed, great reading everyone! This story ends up being a great read. A little slow in spots but easily to get through. The characters are lovable and strong. A lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing til the end. Great story line. You won't be disappointed, great reading everyone!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kameron

    In A Warden’s Purpose, Jeffrey displayed the strength and the creative workings of our youth. Age, size, and/or birth defects don’t limit a person’s ability for greatness. Jeffrey also made a great point during an engineer class. No matter how smart you are or think you are, there’s always someone smarter than you. You should never stop wanting to learn. Absorb all the bits of knowledge you can. I concur with Jeffrey and Master Pherran Nindlerod, a character in the story, there’s always some new In A Warden’s Purpose, Jeffrey displayed the strength and the creative workings of our youth. Age, size, and/or birth defects don’t limit a person’s ability for greatness. Jeffrey also made a great point during an engineer class. No matter how smart you are or think you are, there’s always someone smarter than you. You should never stop wanting to learn. Absorb all the bits of knowledge you can. I concur with Jeffrey and Master Pherran Nindlerod, a character in the story, there’s always some new fact/skill to learn. I should note, even the duals reinforced the fact you must study your opponent while in battle. Again, large size and brute strength isn’t always the sure-fire winner. A good strategy and responding with quick movements can lead the smallest of opponents to victory. In my opinion, I think everyone should ‘absorb’ A Warden’s Purpose. It had enough going on to keep a reader engaged: duals, murder mysteries, deception, to name a few. It’s also perfect for the teenage crowd so share it with your family and discuss your thoughts over a meal. (Find more reviews/ratings at www.superkambrook.com)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Kohanek

    As the author, I thought it might be fun to write a review and offer my own insight on the story. Of course, it is free from spoilers, which I detest. Half the fun in reading comes in the moment of discovery. ______________________________ Finding one's purpose in life is difficult at best. Some might say impossible. This character-driven fantasy tale tackles that concept and uses it to introduce readers to the world of Issalia while setting the table for the more plot-heavy books coming later in As the author, I thought it might be fun to write a review and offer my own insight on the story. Of course, it is free from spoilers, which I detest. Half the fun in reading comes in the moment of discovery. ______________________________ Finding one's purpose in life is difficult at best. Some might say impossible. This character-driven fantasy tale tackles that concept and uses it to introduce readers to the world of Issalia while setting the table for the more plot-heavy books coming later in the series. For Everson, his desire to be useful becomes apparent at an early age, and it drives him in nearly everything he does. Rather than bending to self-pity, Everson utilizes his brilliant mind toward inventions that create a better tomorrow. Yet, for all of his success, he feels incomplete. That gap, that slice inadequacy, leads him to discover something amazing -- something that will truly change his world. Looking out for her physically challenged brother molds Quinn into a selfless person. Her relentless determination sets her apart and is the catalyst to find a means, any means, to overcome every challenge that arises. She sees herself as a champion for the victims of bullies, regardless of the size and scope in which the bullying has manifested. Yes, the truth behind the scenes -- the greater plot that is occurring -- is not revealed until late in the book. This is intentional. Don't worry, you'll find out much more as the series advances. The point of this novel is to understand what it takes to become a Warden, for the Wardens of Issalia are the shield against tyranny and are the protectors of the people. This coming-of-age adventure sets the table for a espionage thriller that takes place in a fantasy world where magic, combined with science, replaces technology. Do you have what it takes to become a Warden?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Clark-French

    I'll preface this review by acknowledging the cover art: while it's not horrible it did nothing to increase my interest in the book - in fact it made me a little nervous to read it since it's clearly not the kind of art that helps a book make the bestseller catagory. The description intrigued me though and I've read other books by Kohanek so I know not to be fooled be misleading cover art. I'm so glad I took the chance because this book is now one of my favorites! I pray to be able to own a phys I'll preface this review by acknowledging the cover art: while it's not horrible it did nothing to increase my interest in the book - in fact it made me a little nervous to read it since it's clearly not the kind of art that helps a book make the bestseller catagory. The description intrigued me though and I've read other books by Kohanek so I know not to be fooled be misleading cover art. I'm so glad I took the chance because this book is now one of my favorites! I pray to be able to own a physical copy of this series one day! A Warden's Purpose was absolutely fantastic! I've read almost 60 books so far this year and this is one of my favorites. I was hooked from the first page. I adore the characters, especially Quinn, and the writing was perfection. I wanted to devour the book in one sitting, but of course being an adult means deciding our priorities and working on our responsibilities. I had to struggle to keep my annoyance under control whenever I had to put this book down for those responsibilities. I keep my phone next to my head or in my lap when I'm reading, in order not to miss important correspondence but I was so deep in the adventures Kohanek sucked me into that I wouldn't hear/feel my phone alerts most of the time. Whenever I had to set it down for a bit I felt a little disoriented until I was able to reaclimate to "real life" and even then my mind was still mulling over what was happening in the story. I wish I could get this book to everyone who loves this genre because it deserves major recognition. I absolutely recommend this book and I can't wait to continue the series!!! 🖤Kohanek, please tell me how I can get a signed copy or make some type of giveaway for one or something!🖤 *I volunteered to read and honestly review a free Kindle copy of this book*

  12. 4 out of 5

    KB

    Two siblings, each with different talents, are accepted into a special academy. Everson is accepted into the academy for magic and engineering and his sister, Quinn, is accepted into a military academy. During their training they are faced with many challenges. The beginning of A Warden's Purpose involves Everson and Quinn being interrogated by unseen people. They are forced to recall their childhood and events at the academy. There is a mystery to this book that gnaws at you until you reach the e Two siblings, each with different talents, are accepted into a special academy. Everson is accepted into the academy for magic and engineering and his sister, Quinn, is accepted into a military academy. During their training they are faced with many challenges. The beginning of A Warden's Purpose involves Everson and Quinn being interrogated by unseen people. They are forced to recall their childhood and events at the academy. There is a mystery to this book that gnaws at you until you reach the end. Why are these siblings in cells being interrogated? This drives the reader to continue to find the answer. I greatly enjoyed the back and forth between each character's point of view. Each had their own obstacles to overcome which led them to come together in the same place with the same goal. I highly recommend this for YA Fantasy readers interested in books about magic and military schools.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks to the author for providing a copy of their book for review, this did not affect my opinion of the book in any way. This is a really nice story of nice people doing nice things for each other. That was...sort of refreshing. The two main protagonists, Everson and Quinn, were the highlights of the book for me. Everson is a character that is always struggling to fit in. He was orphaned and adopted into a loving family that made him one of their own, but he has a disability that makes him stand Thanks to the author for providing a copy of their book for review, this did not affect my opinion of the book in any way. This is a really nice story of nice people doing nice things for each other. That was...sort of refreshing. The two main protagonists, Everson and Quinn, were the highlights of the book for me. Everson is a character that is always struggling to fit in. He was orphaned and adopted into a loving family that made him one of their own, but he has a disability that makes him stand out from others. I think the author did a great job showing his struggles, how it affects certain aspects of his life, while also showing Everson's perseverance not to let anything get in the way of his dreams. While Everson seems to have known what his dream was from an early age, his adopted sister, Quinn, didn't start to figure out things until later, only at first thinking of what she could do so that she could follow her brother to Fallbrandt. She's very protective of her brother, a little bit stubborn, and very determined once she sets her mind to something. I love how nice and supportive their parents are of their dreams. They can come across a bit sitcom-y at times, however. For example when they're children their mom sits them down for talk about why one of the kids is bullying them so instead of fighting back at him they decide to befriend him and lessons are learned. I feel like sometimes the parents were a little too perfect, but I'd happily take them over abusive or absent parents which are so frequent in fantasy novels these days. Some of the characters  felt a little bit underdeveloped but others were very well written. I loved Chuli, a girl warrior at the military academy. She's quiet, loyal, and shows great strength of character. She also has her struggles, as an outsider, and makes for a good counterpart to Quinn's brashness. The plot is rather straightforward, but told in a way that keeps you guessing what the main plot point is until near the end. I appreciate that this made the story much more interesting, but it was also a little confusing at times. For instance, I didn't realize that both Everson and Quinn were being held until late into the story. The stories they tell to their captors are long and I struggled a bit with Everson's nonchalance and cooperation in talking to the people that essentially kidnapped him. Still, this didn't take away too much from my enjoyment of the story. Overall, A Warden's Purpose was a quick read featuring some very likable characters doing likable things.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.F. Welburn

    I haven’t read any YA for years and as such A Warden’s Purpose was a bit of change of pace for me. However, once I got into it I started having pleasant nostalgic feelings, back to my David Edding’s days when the world seemed full of wonder and magic. The story is quick paced using a flashback recounting to bring us up to speed with how it all opens. The magic system is interesting, and I feel there is a lot more to learn in subsequent books as the main characters hone their skills. Perhaps my f I haven’t read any YA for years and as such A Warden’s Purpose was a bit of change of pace for me. However, once I got into it I started having pleasant nostalgic feelings, back to my David Edding’s days when the world seemed full of wonder and magic. The story is quick paced using a flashback recounting to bring us up to speed with how it all opens. The magic system is interesting, and I feel there is a lot more to learn in subsequent books as the main characters hone their skills. Perhaps my favourite point is the balance between the two protagonists, who share a special bond, yet are total opposites of the spectrum, making them compliment each other so well. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and some healthy doses of betrayal. Will be reading on!

  15. 5 out of 5

    LooseBoots

    I am always apprehensive when I read a new authors book. With this one I need have no qualms. Brilliant read. Brother and sister join an academy, both schools linked . One for engineering and one warrior. Both have an interesting journey that culminates in an exciting climax that hints at further wondrous adventures. Full of magic, mayhem but all in all it’s an enthralling read. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    A Warden’s Purpose is an engrossing tale about two siblings that leave behind everything they know to follow their chosen path. I absolutely love everything about this book. The characters are amazing and the story itself is fresh and unique. I can’t wait to read more!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Two different school and two siblings, each will take a different path. Everson is heading to focus on magic and science while his sister Quinn will be focused on military excellence. There is a lot going on and it play out rather well. I was more drawn into Quinn's story than Everson's just because she was more like me. Both sides were interesting to watch play out. I was wrong about a couple of characters. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about Quinn, Everson and thei Two different school and two siblings, each will take a different path. Everson is heading to focus on magic and science while his sister Quinn will be focused on military excellence. There is a lot going on and it play out rather well. I was more drawn into Quinn's story than Everson's just because she was more like me. Both sides were interesting to watch play out. I was wrong about a couple of characters. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about Quinn, Everson and their friends.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janeandjerry

    I first want to thank the author for sending me this especially since my last tablet had quit on me and needed something to read. Well I'm glad I was because this was worth reading and can't wait to get started on the next one. I first want to thank the author for sending me this especially since my last tablet had quit on me and needed something to read. Well I'm glad I was because this was worth reading and can't wait to get started on the next one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris McPeake

    I enjoyed this, the way it started out was not how I expected it to end, good twist. Liked the family connection/devotion. Great imagination

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Set aside a long weekend for this family-friendly story of two young people, one adopted, as they grow up. I read an ARC (yes, it DID take me a while to get to it) and this voluntary review is my own opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyle Kroeker

    I really enjoyed the way that the author relayed the story. It was unique and fresh. Looking forward to book 2

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tera Comer

    This is the first book that I have read by this author and while I enjoyed the book there was some places where the plot was a little confusing to me, such as the interrogation scene. The confusion did end by the end of the book though. This book has plenty of surprises, twist and turns to keep you entertained. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    My third read from author Jeffrey L. Kohanek was amazing, even better than the first two! I'll be reading more from him as soon as I get more! My third read from author Jeffrey L. Kohanek was amazing, even better than the first two! I'll be reading more from him as soon as I get more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lejla

    Wow this is so amazing story. I read both books at the same time, but this is perfect. Can't wait third book. Wow this is so amazing story. I read both books at the same time, but this is perfect. Can't wait third book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Piper

    Great series! I really enjoyed this book! I highly recommend checking it out!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was a lot of fun to read. It was perfect for the mood I was in after reading a lot of darker, longer books. This book piqued my interest because of the magic/engineering school and military school setting. The school setting is done very well and there are very distinct differences between the magic school and the military school, as would be expected. I am a bit older than the target audience, and teenage me definitely would have loved this even more. The main characters are Everson a This book was a lot of fun to read. It was perfect for the mood I was in after reading a lot of darker, longer books. This book piqued my interest because of the magic/engineering school and military school setting. The school setting is done very well and there are very distinct differences between the magic school and the military school, as would be expected. I am a bit older than the target audience, and teenage me definitely would have loved this even more. The main characters are Everson and Quinn. They are a brother and sister with very distinct talents from one another. Everson is brilliant and kind of an inventor. Quinn picks fights and protects Everson. The story is told by the main characters to their captors after the events of the book. There were times where I would forget that the story was being told this way until a switch in POV reminded me. Overall, this did not affect my enjoyment of the book or the way the story was told. A lot of the story is them at school learning and training with the big larger purpose coming towards the end. I really liked this framework since it let me get to know the characters, the world, and the magic system. There are a few side characters who add quite a bit of drama and interest to the book. Each of the main side characters is fairly unique and I liked reading about Quinn and Everson forming friendships. This was a fun first book in a series and I look forward to picking up the rest of the series as it is released. I recommend this book for people who enjoy YA, school settings, focus on learning/training.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    (I really shouldn't be writing this review at one in the morning, but here we are. I apologize in advance for any typos 😂) I'll admit, the genre isn't really my style - magical fantasy isn't usually my thing, and neither are warriors. But I accepted this story with promise that I would let the author know if it wasn't my type... and the next thing I knew, I was turning the very last page. The beginning is a little slow-going, and the story flips back and forth between past and present, between two (I really shouldn't be writing this review at one in the morning, but here we are. I apologize in advance for any typos 😂) I'll admit, the genre isn't really my style - magical fantasy isn't usually my thing, and neither are warriors. But I accepted this story with promise that I would let the author know if it wasn't my type... and the next thing I knew, I was turning the very last page. The beginning is a little slow-going, and the story flips back and forth between past and present, between two third-person perspectives, so it was a little hard to sink into at first. But after I got through the first 50 pages or so (iBooks is weird so the story copied over as 391 pages), I was suddenly zipping through it and both characters - Quinn and Everson - held out their hands and let me into their world. As mentioned above, A Warden's Purpose follows two prime characters - Quinn and Evan. Evan has a pretty severe disability (DISABILITY! REP!) that effects his legs, a sort of paralysis. He can walk and move his legs and such, but it's very difficult and much of his portion of the book focuses around the struggles he battles. His disability is actually worse than mine - I've got cerebral palsy of the right side, though I just walk with a limp - but I could still relate to much of what he struggled with, despite the fact that I *can* walk. This is why representation is so important. And I LOVED the character development surrounding his disability, not only with Everton himself, but Torney as well - I won't go much into that, because spoilers, but it was very refreshing to read, and I approve. Quinn faces her own struggles as well, though she isn't disabled. I admit, I enjoyed Everson's narrations a little more, just because he was more relatable, but everything surrounding Quinn and her determination to fight and become a warrior was pretty solid too, plot-wise. The plot ends up taking a darker turn especially so with Quinn's portions of the book and I love the little plot point that is introduced when we meet Quinn's to-be enemy, Darnya. (I'm sorry, but I couldn't stop reading her name as "Darn ya." I'm... literally a child). I was not expecting Darnya's role to play out as it did - I was just expecting her to stick around as the annoying competitor, to be honest - and, though her fate was surprising, I thought it played out very well. As for overall construction of the plot, I LOVED how everything connected like puzzle pieces in the end and the way it concludes and gives away into book two is very satisfying. As I said earlier, the jumping around in time and narration *was* a little confusing at first - some of the jumps were a little abrupt, a little rough - but overall I thought it all wrapped up very nicely, and I LOVE the imagery in this book. The imagery and descriptive are pretty incredible. Again, I'm usually not very into this particular genre - but the writing, both in descriptives and plot - was, overall, extremely good. Overall, I definitely recommend for any reader who likes magic or battle, or who wants diversity in character! Coming from a person with partial CP, Everson is written wonderfully. This book definitely has my stamp of approval.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

    This was the first book I have read by Jeffrey Kohanek, and I was sent a digital copy of this in return for a fair and honest review. I went into the book with a clean slate and no expectations whatsoever. Initially I was a bit confused by the interrogation scenes with Everson and Quinn. Fortunately, it made sense by the end of the book (no spoilers!), and it culminated with a nice amount of surprises and twists. More on that later. What I did like from the beginning was the family dynamics, the r This was the first book I have read by Jeffrey Kohanek, and I was sent a digital copy of this in return for a fair and honest review. I went into the book with a clean slate and no expectations whatsoever. Initially I was a bit confused by the interrogation scenes with Everson and Quinn. Fortunately, it made sense by the end of the book (no spoilers!), and it culminated with a nice amount of surprises and twists. More on that later. What I did like from the beginning was the family dynamics, the redeeming qualities of Everson and Quinn, and the inclusion of a protagonist with a disability. I loved how Evers and Polly adopted Everson, and loved him like a complete member of the family in all ways. I kept waiting for them to lose their patience with him, to complain about the extra care that Emerson needed because of his legs, or worse, but they consistently supported and cared for him, especially Quinn. It was refreshing actually reading a book where positive relationships were featured. Specifically, Everson and Quinn have a very strong relationship with each other. She sees it as her mission to help and protect him physically, and he often brings her to a place of calm and peace. As the story develops, we get to see their strengths and weaknesses emerge, but they keep coming back to positive qualities of loyalty, integrity, honesty, and more. Again, it is a nice change to read about protagonists who consistently land on the side of what is good. I also liked how the author handled Everson’s disability. Especially as voiced by his family, his non-functioning legs were what made him special and unique, not what made him less or a burden. Quinn would often choose to spend time with him rather than with friends. His father crafted braces and canes that would strengthen his legs and allow him to walk. Everson, while occasionally showing shame or embarrassment, is shown as full of determination and strength, not as an invalid or a cripple. As the book went on, I found myself thinking that it was a charming story, even after Everson and Quinn arrive at the Academy. It was also somewhat of a primer for any readers who might not be very well versed with the fantasy genre as it took a little extra time explaining its magic system and types of weapons. Fight scenes were decent, but not the strength. Finally, with the last 30 pages left, the ending came out of nowhere. It certainly tied together many of the loose ends from the book, but asked even more questions, paving the way for the sequel. I definitely enjoyed this book and would like to read the second one later this year. Thank you, Jeffrey, for sending this to me. 4.2 / 5

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shane Jardine

    A Warden’s Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek was a fast-paced story story full of fast-paced action and the kind of friendship I think most people could only dream about. I was honestly a bit hesitant to start reading this book when I received it a few weeks ago as I knew it was a new series in an already established universe. Happily I was quick to discover that you don’t need to read anything else by Jeffrey L. Kohanek to enjoy this book completely. I think one of the best things I can say about t A Warden’s Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek was a fast-paced story story full of fast-paced action and the kind of friendship I think most people could only dream about. I was honestly a bit hesitant to start reading this book when I received it a few weeks ago as I knew it was a new series in an already established universe. Happily I was quick to discover that you don’t need to read anything else by Jeffrey L. Kohanek to enjoy this book completely. I think one of the best things I can say about this book is that I started reading it after work one night and then instead of reading a couple chapters before going to sleep like I normally do I proceeded to stay up all night and have to go to work the next day exhausted. One of the things that I found most interesting about this book was the way that the author took aspects of fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk and combined them into something that I felt was interesting and unique. I’m a a bit of a sucker for a good magic school or military school story and in A Warden’s Purpose we get to explore two such amazing schools. I was honestly a bit worried that splitting up the narrative between two separate schools was going to water down the story some but I actually felt like it made the entire book stronger and more interesting than it probably would have been with just a single school setting. I also thought the two protagonists of this book were just fantastic and would say that the way their friendship helped drive the story forward was a large part of what made it so good. I was also glad to see a book featuring a main character who has some sort of disability like Everson does. I don’t think we get to see such representation enough in any genre and I thought the way it influenced the friendship between Everson and Quinn was one of the best aspects of the book. I don’t think I can say how many times I laughed at or cheered for Everson and Quinn when they were together, They were definitely one of the best parts of the book. I’ve already recommended this book to several people and will continue to do so for anyone looking for a fantastic new YA series to read. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series and I already know I’m going to go out soon and buy the rest of Jeffrey L. Kohanek’s books just so I can be all caught up on whats going on in this world before the next book releases. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Boivie

    I really enjoyed A Warden's Purpose. The book is definitely YA in tone and content, but I still just thought it was a fun take on a book set in a school environment. I had not read the preceding series and I did not find that an impediment to understanding or enjoying this book. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. I thought the main characters were both interesting to follow. I thought it was a nice choice that it was the girl Quinn who was the fierce fighter of the duo, and that the brother Ev I really enjoyed A Warden's Purpose. The book is definitely YA in tone and content, but I still just thought it was a fun take on a book set in a school environment. I had not read the preceding series and I did not find that an impediment to understanding or enjoying this book. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. I thought the main characters were both interesting to follow. I thought it was a nice choice that it was the girl Quinn who was the fierce fighter of the duo, and that the brother Everson had a disability. I also thought the book set up a larger series in such a way that made me want to read more. There are really only hints of the larger world and larger plot thread that will connect future books in the series, but those that were present were interesting and gave a picture of a larger world with a real history. Again, I just had fun every time I picked up this book and read. I think adults will enjoy this book as much as younger readers.

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