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Chosen (Guardians of the Word #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  848 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Chosen is a fast-paced, vividly imagined epic fantasy adventure - location; Hell, Purgatory, the Demon's Lair, and Hell is everything it's cracked up to be when you're running for your soul.

Dynan Telaerin finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he's dead or alive, charged with saving his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telepat
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services
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Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book.
Kate Policani
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: win
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
Jade Phillips
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather Adkins
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew Drummey
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Heather Adkins
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Brenda Todd
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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!
Dawn M
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves sci-fi/fantasy and a good battle between good and evil.
Chuck Dexter
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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...
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
was a good book
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book so good I never wanted to stop reading

This book brings human frailty and the fight against evil together in a poignant story of personal struggles and human triumph.
L.K. Evans
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a tough one for me to review. There was a lot I liked about it, but I wanted … more.

First off, I think this was well written. It all flowed nicely, and the pacing was great. The book was a quick read with each page urging you to the next. I was pleasantly surprised.

The reason for my conflict is partly because based on my reading preferences I shouldn’t have liked this book. I don’t pick up young adult because the characters are usually super whiny or just plain annoying. Don’t get me sta
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ebooks, fantasy, series

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
Melissa Levine
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jennifer MacDonald
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked the plot of this book, very different from what I normally read. But, I only gave this a three star rating becuase...

World Building- this is huge for me. The world where most of the book takes place is rather poorly developed. And I can't decide whether I should imagine the cities to be medieval or futuristic. They have comboards and inter planetary travel, yet still rely on fireplaces for heating and horses for travel. I do have to say that if the main world had been developed ha
Samy Rose
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This book is a blend of science fiction and fantasy which works incredibly well. You also have soul spirits, demons, wraiths as well as the monks and Guardians of the Word. The story is rich and in-depth and will leave you wanting more.

The world is well thought out and the characters all play their parts incredibly well. I don't think there is a single character that I thought could have had more development. Saying that, this is solely for this book because I can see that the story and characte
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was totally out of my norm but, I found it highly enjoyable! I hope that my children like it as much. The only thing that I was hoping more of was about the monster and there wasn't much on the dragon outside of that one appearance. It's an addictive book from the beginning. Jolea M. Harrison has a very vivid imagination and seems to be able to whisk the reader right away into the world created by her great mind.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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)
Ann Alton
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it

This was good. I will likely read the rest of the series, I hope to get to know the characters, which is always what makes or breaks a book for me. The premise is unique, and action is well written. It left me wanting to know more, which is both a positive and a negative...but more positive!
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