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The Named

(Guardians of Time #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,057 ratings  ·  514 reviews
Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gain ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 13th 2005 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published October 4th 2002)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reread August 2 to 7, 2015 for #fivefaves

Maybe more of a 3.5/5 stars. NOT SURE.
Well I still really liked this book, but I'm not sure if I can count it in one of my faves anymore. I still really love the story and overall concept - they are so unique and wonderful that it's hard NOT to love them. However the writing is so SO bad. It's something I definitely wouldn't have noticed as much years ago, but it's really bad. The character development is definitely lacking as well, and the characters bei
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
Meet Bob

Now we can tell that Bob is going to work but what is his job?
He could be a businessman, a lawyer, a clown, an assassin, a secret agent, a doctor, or that might not even be his briefcase at all!
What about his personality?
He looks happy in this picture but what if one of his friends just died and he's trying to look happy since that's what his friend wants?
What if he has an evil plan inside that head of his?
The thing is...
We don't know Bob.
That's what I felt like when I read this book.
I k
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
*happy sigh* There's a reason I've read this series so many times. Ethan will forever be one of my favourite characters of all time. This world will always be one of my favourites of all time. It has been so awesome to go back and relive this!! On to book 2! 😊😊😊 ...more
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
Have you ever picked up a book you loved in your teens and re-reading it you're like ✨ w h h h y ? ✨

I remember immensely enjoying The Named and never finished the series because I forgot what it was called 🙄. Recently I found the first three books on the Overdrive library app (Libby) and thought "why not?" and settled in for that nostalgic re-read.

The Named is mostly as I remembered. I say mostly because for a lot of it I was thinking "why is this character so one-dimensional?" and "that's rea

The first half of this book was just like all the other YA paranormals that I’ve grown so tired of - teenagers in class, passing notes, grumpy teachers, girl & boy working together, one with a crush on the other. Depressing home lives, parent and sibling issues, blah blah. Not a lot actually happens at first, but I could see where it was going and was quickly falling into eye-rolling mode, fighting boredom and frustration. How many times have I seen these clichés play out by now?

When I picked th
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What if you could protect the traveling into the Past

The Named- where the Gaurdians of Time travel into history to protect life as we know from the Goddess of Chaos, a rampaging Immortal intent on taking over the world.

Ethan- a member of "The Named", part of a prophecy made years ago fortelling the end of the battle that rages between Lorian and the Goddess, and the main character of the book. He has been promoted to "Trainer" and his apprentice is - his ex-best friend' sister- whic
So I finished the book and I certainly enjoyed the time that I was reading it, but I feel that this only deserves 3 stars because anything higher should be reserved for particularly good work. This was candy.

But the candy tasted a little bitter because with such an intriguiging concept, the execution was a bit of a disappointment. There could have been so many interesting theames explored with the idea of how tightly interwoven events in space-time are. But it often seemed like the timetravel a
Aug 01, 2011 added it
Very adventurous, a definite page turner.

It had me wanting more after each chapter, i literally could not put this book down.

The characters are a fine set all with their own personality.

My only complaint is that they were not defined much, as in, i had no idea how they looked like. At times Curley would describe a few of their qualities, but not enough to get a strong image.

If anything, all i got a good image of was when they turned into someone else. Arkarian is my favorite character along wit
I got this from the library when I was about 11 or 12, and took it on holiday with me. I remember devouring it and wanting to go home from my holiday, purely so I could read the next one. I still love the series now, and re-read them every so often. They're a quick and easy read, and the story is gripping. If you're a fan of history, the books are especially appealing. I also liked that one of the main characters shared my name ;) ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic! "The Named" is a great time travel book: exciting, magical, historical, and had a bit of romance. It was a little confusing in places, but overall it was a great page turner that will have you scrambling for the rest of the trilogy. ...more
Allison A
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was awesome! It involved time travel, drama, and mystery. I really enjoy books that aren't predictable. I just pulled this off the shelf not expecting much, and would really enjoy reading the others. It kept me going and I read it in three days. ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best books you'll ever read. I just finished the second one, The Dark, and it was even better than the first--if that's possible. Anyway, I am off to read the third and I highly recommend this to everyone, especially fans of sci-fi, mystery, fiction and fantasy. ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is the literary equivalent of Chinese food. You really enjoy it sometimes, you share it with friends who enjoy it too, and an hour later you forget it because it didn't really satisfy you in some fundamental way.

The better attributes of the book are the greater-than-average number of ideas included in the plot and the fantasy elements. Interesting choices of destinations in time and historical figures to meet (not the obvious choices) set the book apart right away. Then the descriptio
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, ya-series
Let me just say that I was sooo impatient to start this series of Marianne Curley! After reading Old Magic as a teenager and loved it, I searched for the Guardians of Time for many years unitll I could eventually find them on an e-book format since it never was translated in Greek.

The Νamed is a fast paced YA story, only the beginning of 4 books really. It made me remembered of Old magic (which I've read countless of times over the years), and a little of Ruby Red. Yes, it contains time travel b
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it
I was really excited about this got such a high rating and seemed like such a fantastic premise. Maybe that's why it seemed to fall short.

Ethan is a Guardian of Time; he travels to the past in order to keep evil denizens from the Order of Chaos from changing it, thus affecting the future. Of course Ethan's only a teenager, but he's already very good at what he does. So the Guard decides to test him by giving him the willful Isabel as his new apprentice. But Isabel's initiation brings
Sandra Pulliam
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Once again Marianne Curley had me from hello! This book starts out with a bang and ends pretty much the same way! I was glued to the book and didn't want to put it down.

The main character Ethan is my favorite. Isabelle runs a close second but Ethan is who stole my heart. I love the time travel! Going back in time to make sure all goes as planned. It's a great and different concept that was a nice break from vampires, werewolves and all other supernatural reads.

I already have "The Dark" so I'm lo
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, own
I got to page 194 before I decided to quit in this one. The story has good potential, but I feel that some of the events were a bit random. I also didn't really care for where the story was going. This book was throwing random things at me to keep me hooked, but I wasn't. The book was also a bit predictable. Also, the romance was really lacking and I didn't feel that Ethan or Isabel could have anything beyond a friendship. ...more
I can not put this series down. It is so interesting. The characters are real and I love the story. I am always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. I like that you get to see into two charcters minds. It is such a great book. Easy to understand and fun to figure out.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the guardians of time trilogy a long time ago as a teenager , but I thoroughly remember enjoying it ! I was hooked and shredded through the named as well as the following sequels.
I wished deeply that it would be turned into a movie or series. Still hoping for it actually haha.
I love stories with a hidden world or double life element that dip into the fantastical.
Adventure,romance,time travel,fantasy,special powers,teen drama ,dark underworld.
The guardians of time trilogy has it all!
Chelsea Gouin
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
I hate when rereads are disappointing. I used to love this trilogy back in high school, my friends and I were obsessed with the characters and the world...but as an adult I literally only recalled Arkarian's description and nothing of the plot. Upon rereading it, it's because there really wasn't much of a plot. There was a prophecy thrown in at the very end, a villain and an opposing faction and even the Guild themselves that lacked any motivation. Like, what is their purpose? To protect time... ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Well structured. Loveable characters. Interesting book. Best book ever read this year. Immediately reading the next one in series. <3 <3 <3
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will have to say that I was pretty disappointed with this book. The back cover promised to portray a story of excitement and romance which was quite misleading. The premise of the story was excellent, but the delivery was flat. The characters are not fully developed and the connections between characters are also not explored to satisfaction. Time travel isn’t real, and the author did a good job of remind me of that while reading. None of it seemed to transcend reality: the characters, plot, e ...more
Saimi Korhonen
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"I want to take you to a place where it is midnight every day and black irises glisten under a bleeding moon."

This trilogy has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a wee kid, and every time I re-read it I'm just filled with nostalgia, love and happiness. It's not a perfect book (there's a lot of insta-love and all that), but it still holds up. I love it. So, The Named begins The Guardians of Time trilogy that follows a group of people with magical abilities whose main task in life is to pr
Sarah Primivera
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was a bit odd at first... i felt rushed into the whole excitement and worried that it would get worse. The beginning was off-putting but it quickly saved itself. The beginning was quite predictable but once i felt like i knew the whole book it flipped in a matter of seconds. It has a great story and i'm excited to see what else will be done with the idea. I do love how everything is far from perfect and characters are tested and its just all really great. I hope it only gets better from here

Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-read
Intriguing plot. Brilliant ideas of a new world. An ending somewhat satisfied.

BUT ...

The world building is lacking ... The explanation on time, on the 2nd world and on how things come to be is not very well done. We get to know things on the surface,and I hate that! I like to know everything there is to know and more.

The character's development is also lacking for lots of characters. So far, Ethan the main boy is the only one I like, mostly because his actions made senses. The rest, they aren
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the concept, and the historical element was fun.
The characters were interesting, and I especially liked Arkarian, Isabel and Ethan, in that order.

However, I felt the prose seemed to be aimed at a younger audience, and it would go from being very simplistic to extremely intricate plot devices at the drop of a hat. The imagery was good, but sometimes I felt lost rather than in the moment.

Also, everyone has a soul-mate, and they're all conveniently going to find each other.

I just was
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a YA book, first of 3, even though it seems there should be one before it. Its about boy who witnessed his sisters abduction by a monster, who turns out to be his father's partner turned rouge in a group called Gaurdian of Time. A group of people with supernatural abilities fight against the evil goddess who wants to change history so she can rule the world.

I really liked this book, it was entertaining and kept me in suspense, even the sappy romantic stuff in it. Very well written and I
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
I didn't even finish this book. I only read about 90 pages before I decided that I wasn't going to read anymore of it.
Sure, the beginning made it seem somewhat interesting, but the more I read, the more I hated it.
I disliked Ethan and Isabel (and pretty much only in Wuthering Heights can you dislike all the characters but still love it). Isabel just picked up on things too fast, and I hated that fact.
I felt like there were too many cliches in those ninety pages that interfered with anything t
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was just okay for me. The basic premise--guarding history through going back in time and thwarting attempts to change it--was interesting, but the motives of those seeking to change history were not believable, and the characters seemed superficial. Absent of any surprises and turns, the plot was predictable. All in all it was a pleasant read but that is similar to labeling one's new hairstyle "different" or "interesting". ...more
Jackson Ellis
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
All in all it was pretty good, but the ending was confusing and it didn't answer the right questions that I had asked. Also it was pretty slow getting going too, it didn't start into action until almost 1/4 of the way through. It didn't catch my attention very well. But it did have some good portions in the middle and towards the end, it was alright. ...more
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