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Chosen (Guardians of the Word #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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Chosen is a fantasy adventure - location; Hell, Purgatory, the Demon’s Lair, and Hell is everything it’s cracked up to be.

Sixteen-year-old Dynan Telaerin finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he's dead or alive, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telep
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services
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Feb 23, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, esp. fans of science fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: Jolea M. Harrison
Shelves: ebook
Please note: I originally read August 2011, and then re-read a year later. I originally received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: Dynan and his twin brother Dain don’t know it, but they are born in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, and if they can’t live up to their destiny, it could mean the end of the world, brought about by the demon Belial. It all beings when Dynan finds a dangerous talisman while taking part in an archeological dig, and it ends up wit
Julie Powell
I loved this story from beginning to end! The start of a series concerning twins Dynan and Dain, this tale delves into the mysterious and amazing world that is filled with both magic and technology, mystery and suspense, good versus evil.

It's very well written, and crammed with detailed and realistic characters - some good, some bad - with an immense back story of mythical proportions.

What can I say about the story without giving spoilers? Nothing, but I will say that this book is highly recomme
I liked this book.
Heather Adkins
I feel like no matter what I write in this review, it's not going to do this book justice.

I read "Chosen", the first Guardians of the Word book, a couple months back and absolutely fell in love. I raved endlessly about the author's flawless writing and the amazing world she's built in this science-fiction/futuristic fantasy series. It's hard to pick up the 2nd book in any series because there's always the worry it won't measure up to the first.

But then, you have some sequels that DO measure up.
Kate Policani
In a world made up of a strange and fascinating mix of past and future, supernatural and science, twin princes Dynan and Dain are destined players in a battle that will save or destroy the universe. The five incarnations of their ancestor, Adiem, are in a battle to conquer the afterlife and then the living world, with the boys as the catalysts for his gory victory. Adiem's twin brother, Alurn has battled his for the fate of the planet Cobalt and the universe since before his death, sacrificing h ...more
Matthew Drummey
Jan 11, 2012 Matthew Drummey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Chosen  The First Chronicle of the Guardians of the Word

A must read for all SciFi and Fantasy fans!

From the very first word of this book you are thrown head first into the exciting and often dangerous world of Dynan and Dain Telaerin - twins and Princes of Cobalt the two are born with a destiny that neither understands or even knew existed.

The writing is so incredibly powerful that it drags you in and you cannot help but imagine yourself standing with or above the brothers watching events unfold as they go through them and that is a strong tool for
Charlotte Fong
A great read about an age old prophecy involving twins, a king's dark past and some magic. This is only the first book in a series and is only available on amazon. It seems quite long winded but is written in a simple manner and tells the story from many different view points which makes it quite unique and fun. The story line is interesting one of the twins called Dynan who is chosen from birth to become the next king. His twin brother Dain is chosen to look after him as his protector and is tr ...more
Jade Phillips
I had the pleasure of reading CHOSEN by Jolea M. Harrison and quite enjoyed myself.

CHOSEN is the first book in The Guardian of the Word, a sci-fi epic fantasy series. The story tells of Dynan Telaerin and his ancestor’s long-lived struggle to rid the world of evil. Throughout the ages, destruction, re-birth, and devastation appears in a repetitive cycle every 1,000 years with previous information being destroyed, therefore handing the mystery to future generations until a certain king sacrifices
Brenda Todd
Chosen, Guardians of the Word is a story of the constant battle between good and evil and the people in history whose destiny is to keep it in balance. Dynan and Dain are telepathic twins with a legacy predicting they have the ability to prevent the end of the world. Together they will endure pain and suffering as their ancestors did before to fulfill their legacy. This is a wonderfully, creative book with more to read since it is the first in a series!
Heather Adkins
Dynan and Dain are twins living in a fantasy/futuristic world and they have a destiny of which they've never known--a destiny that sends them spiraling into an ancient prophecy.

I honestly don't know what to say but WOW. Double WOW. OMG-I'm-in-LOVE WOW.

Harrison is a fantastic writer. The world she has woven in "Chosen" is magical, dramatic, and sucks the reader right in. If I hadn't been so busy while I was reading it, I wouldn't have been able to put this book down. This is a writer to watch. H
Su Yin
Chosen is a truly enjoyable read with an endearing hero. After the introduction of the key characters and the scene setting, the story gallops at an amazing pace, stirring up a hornet's nest of spirits and creatures from the underworld which provide the backdrop where graphic fights, nail-biting flight and heart-stopping danger escalate to a resounding climax. For fans of sci-fi fantasy, a must-read.
Plenty of action! A good, strong, interesting story with it's own unique elements. The telepathy thing is intriguing! I hope she develops the characters a little more in the coming books. It was a fun read!
Chuck Dexter
Very strong book with a great sense of story. Since this is a series let me just say, move to book two and continue the will be well worth your time...
Dawn M
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves sci-fi/fantasy and a good battle between good and evil.
was a good book
Okay, so this is a lot darker and bloodier than I expected. (I know, I know, read the Amazon genre listings. This book is clearly marked as Horror > Dark Fantasy. Missed that. So many Amazon freebies I've picked up lately were miscategorized that I've quit reading the listings.)

Besides, the point is, I wound up not caring. This is a crackerjack story. Good world-building, nice characterization, fascinating use of telepathy, strong combination of fantasy and sci fi, and a great plotline all ke
Melissa Levine
Firstly....this was such a BORING read. It took me years (not really) to get through this thing. There were a lot of grammar issues. And I never felt connected to any of the characters. The author never bothered to describe them in much detail either so it was hard to actually picture them.

A few questions:

So when Dynan and Dain were removed from their mothers stomach, it was said that the first baby (Dynan) taken out, was actually suppose to be the second one. How Dian was really suppose to be t
Twins Dylan & Dain, are destined to stop a great evil. Their father is the king of the "most powerful planetary system in Brittallia-- a kingdom of three planets and four billion people." This world is constantly threatened by an unspeakable dark force from the depths of hell and would've been overcome if not for the vigilance of the Guardians of the Word. They are monks who help protect the kingdom and its secrets. Just as the royal twins are Chosen to stop this evil, so are twins Carryn an ...more
I found myself really enjoying this book. At first, it feels a little overwhelming. There is lots to take in. A word of warning about reading this, and something I would tell myself before reading if I could go back is take your time. There is a large cast of characters here, they have quite similar names and the plot does start to get complicated. I am a reader who rushes. This is not a book for rushing. It's good though, I liked the complexity that it brought. It felt realistic and genuinely p ...more

What a very unique & compelling story!! Swords, ink wells & parchment, energy fields, space pods, planetary systems. An interesting blend.

The story had me feeling the full gamut of emotions & some of them quite intensely. The visuals were at times very disturbing, but made the prose that much more impactful.

At times the writing left me a little confused during action sequences, but we eventually would learn that the hero had a sword. So a few little rough spots, but otherwise a
Wanda Hartzenberg
This book has a very strong hook early on.

I was really impressed with the novel approach to the story line by the author.

Sometimes the story lacked continuity but the twins, their personalities and dedication was impressive.

The world building was fun and I really liked this world. I am happy to have book two ready to read already.

Samy Rose
Oct 17, 2012 Samy Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy
Chosen (Guardians of the Word) (Kindle Edition)
I liked this book. I wanted a fast read and it held my attention. I liked the switches from "world" to "world" and found "hell" interesting to visit. (Wouldn't want to live there.) The basic assumptions of the book were unique enough to keep me interested. I wasn't sure if the main character, or who I saw as it at first, would even live through the first half of the book. Then I watched to see who would live or who would die or who was already dead
I had gotten this for my Kindle months ago and completely forgotten what it was about. I found myself quickly drawn into the story, curious about all of the background, mysteries and the overall struggle. The story is packed with action, but I felt that it still dedicated enough time to descriptions of the system and world to give you a sense of the place.

I believe the book was a great introduction to the main characters of the series and could even have been just a stand alone book, but it leav
Patty winrod
Good read

chosen was a very exciting book. lots of adventure. this story moved along with one adventure after another data goog pace. I think other reader will enjoy reading this well written fantasy
Virginia barnhardt


very well written. I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the way the the book brought out the family theme. there is not much of that in the real world.
After getting through the beginning, which was a little disjointed, if was difficult to put down.
Read began good.
series began to degrade.
The characters were a little hard to keep up with at times. But overall this is quite a story. Twin brothers born with a prophecy hanging over their head that they will either save or destroy the world once and for all. Jolea Harrison was detailed in the telling of her story and through her descriptions you were really transported into the tale. Dynan and Dain are two guys to keep an eye on in the future for sure.
This was an interesting book, with an interesting mix of science fiction and spirituality. I think my only beef with it is that I had hard time accepting the actions of the twins at the age they were. 16 (assuming their year length was close to ours) just seemed to young...

Still this was a good read, interesting story and unusual plot (for a 1,000 year prophecy and battle between good and evil kind of story)
Matt Kelland
A great read, filled with well-written imaginative dark science fantasy adventure. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series at some point.

My only problem with it was that I kept getting the two main characters confused: I couldn't remember whether Dain or Dynan was the elder brother. Maybe it's just me getting old, but I'd have found it easier if the names were less similar.
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In 8th grade, author Jolea M. Harrison was required to write a 5-page essay on a person from history that she admired. She wrote 40, got an A and her teacher, Mrs. Miller was so impressed, gave her extra, extra credit. After reading The Lord of the Rings, the fantasy bug bit, which was then complicated by her immediate love of Star Wars and other works of science fiction. Not paying attention to g ...more
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