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Billy Praise

“Nothing is what it is, everything is more than it seems”. In many ways this statement can be used to describe GUARDIANS OF THE SEAL, a novel that opens your eyes to the “inner workings” of the world that we live in.
The novel revolves around a young woman, Imani who is special but has no idea who she really is. Set in a futuristic timeline, she is the daughter of a renowned scientist who borrowed a page from her mother’s book to create the biggest technological company in the world. Imani’s universe is governed by logical reasoning and she credits her success to her hard work and dedication.
The only element in her life that breaks her out of her routine is a young man, Lucan, an author. He generally stalks her until he gets her attention and they become good friends. Lucan on the other hand is the direct opposite of Imani; being a writer, he is a free-spirited and open minded young man with a desire to explore.
Before we meet these two, a world of angels and demons has already been setup. Events had taken place in the book that eventually put these two characters right in the middle of the greatest battle between good and evil that mankind has ever known.
The plot of the novel is solid as Tunde Leye gives us a proper foundation at the beginning of the book thereby establishing the laws of the world he had created. The existence of angels, demons, magic and “ ... Read Full Review

“Nothing is what it is, everything is more than it seems”. In many ways this statement can be used to describe GUARDIANS OF THE SEAL, a novel that opens your eyes to the “inner workings” of the world that we live in.
The novel revolves around a young woman, Imani who is special but has no idea who she really is. Set in a futuristic timeline, she is the daughter of a renowned scientist who borrowed a page from her mother’s book to create the biggest technological company in the world. Imani’s universe is governed by logical reasoning and she credits her success to her hard work and dedication.
The only element in her life that breaks her out of her routine is a young man, Lucan, an author. He generally stalks her until he gets her attention and they become good friends. Lucan on the other hand is the direct opposite of Imani; being a writer, he is a free-spirited and open minded young man with a desire to explore.
Before we meet these two, a world of angels and demons has already been setup. Events had taken place in the book that eventually put these two characters right in the middle of the greatest battle between good and evil that mankind has ever known.
The plot of the novel is solid as Tunde Leye gives us a proper foundation at the beginning of the book thereby establishing the laws of the world he had created. The existence of angels, demons, magic and “other worlds” was well established early on in the book, drawing references from the bible and other sources, enabling the reader to settle into the rhythm of the book as quickly as possible. The characters were relatable and most of them were well developed.
Personally, I could resonate with the struggles that some of the main characters had, particularly Imani’s mother (Tara) and Lucan. Tunde was able to show the readers the heart of these characters and it’s difficult to read the book without feeling a connection with them.
The issues I had with the book had a lot to do with pacing. The book had three time arcs and switching from one time arc to the next was relatively difficult from a reader’s point of view. Although the three arcs were necessary for the telling of the story, I didn’t completely enjoy the execution.
Also, I feel like the main arc of the book was a bit too short and it made the previous arcs look a bit lengthy. This is a difficulty quite common in writing fantasy novels because the genre involves creating things that do not exist and establishing the rules that govern the world the writer creates. For this reason, most fantasy novels are long and may be boring for some readers.
It’s a delicate balance to find and I believe that the book could have been at least a little longer, particularly the arc where we get to meet our main characters.
Notwithstanding these issues, #TLGOTS is an amazing read that takes you on an incredible journey. It’s a book that will appeal to almost anyone, whether you’re a diehard fantasy lover, someone who wants to get into fantasy novels or you are just looking for a good story.
There’s something in it for everyone as it addresses timeless themes like ‘good vs evil’ and ‘love’ in a fun and unconventional fashion that leaves you wanting more at every page turn.

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