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(Princesses of Myth #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Book One in the Magio-Earth series.

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic
ebook, 210 pages
Published January 7th 2013 by Kensington, Lyrical Press Imprint (first published December 31st 2012)
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Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very well written novel. Wadsworth writes the way that individuals in high school tend to speak. Being that the novel is written in the first person, the descriptions and narratives follow the same format. The novel is full of slang and short forms, but it flows naturally. Nothing is ever forces, nor is it shortened to the point that it is no longer comprehensible. That said, the adults in the novel also spoke like adults. They weren’t bound to the slang used by the rest of the charac ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Angsty and passionate, Joanne Wadsworth's Protector is a fabulous debut that will delight YA fantasy fans.

Not only are Faith and Davio from different planets, but their heritages mark them as enemies. But they are soul mates, and now that they've discovered each other, they can't turn their backs on what they could have. Despite opposition from all angles, Earth halfling Faith and Magio's Prince Davio are determined to be together, but for Faith, "being together" means something differnt than it
Holly Letson
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. I wish I had read it quicker than I did.
I received an eCopy to read and review from .
People that read alot of fantasy will complain that there was not much world-building in this book, but that does not bother me.
This book focused on Faith's life--her past, her future, her friends, and her family. I quite liked that it seemed to focus mainly on family and romance, where Faith is mated to Prince Davio, who is a s
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Protector was a really great read!! Joanne Wadsworth bring us a fast paced book full of Likeable characters, action, and romance!! where can you go wrong with that!!

I loved the characters all of them!! Faith was great.. I loved how she made a stand on how she felt and stayed with it! and Davio.. a great hunk that loved and loved hard! I did get mad at him a few times but he always won me back over! The story line was amazing.. I enjoyed how Faith was pulled between both family's! I would l
Joy (Otherworldly Romance)
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First off, I want to say that I wanted to really like this book because it's my first ARR copy. I wasn't consciously looking for one, but I got the opportunity because of We <3 YA Books which is a really great community. When I read the blurb, I immediately knew that this was the kind of story that I wanted to immerse myself in. I expected New Zealand culture/scenery, Magio world-building in the context of war, daddy issues, a romance with depth. I got some of those, but not i
Feb 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was offered to read this book from the Author in an ARR, I was glad i was one of the ones that signed up in time. I normally love books that take place on other planets or with people that have abilities, but not like Witchcraft. This book did not disappoint it was amazingly unique in so many ways. I loved it, i couldn't put it down. There is not one boring part in this book. I loved all the characters, especially Faith and Davio. I found it nice that the setting of the book takes place in New ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really want to read the next book.
Mistress Book Lover
I so loved my adventure with the main character in this book Faith Stryker. I definitely can't wait to read more of the Princess of Myth series.
DNF @30%
Could have been better. Mated within the first few chapters ugh. This was not holding my interest. I haven't gone back to it since January.
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Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Protector is the first installment in the Magio-Earth series by Joanne Wadsworth. Protector revolves around a girl named Faith, who meets a boy named Davio and is immediately attracted to him. Faith quickly finds out that the two of them are actually bonded and are mates for life. This revelation (in addition to her discovery that she's a Halfling) brings lots of complications to Faith's life, and is the beginning of any unexpected journey for her.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
I received this from the author and was really intrigued by the synopsis. I love when the real world collides with a magical/fantastical one. Our main character is a girl living in New Zealand, attending classes with her best friends. However, Faith (our main character) can communicate with her friend Belle, telepathically. Her best friend, Silvie, whom she's grown up with, is aware the two can communicate like that and is completely comfortable with that knowledge. (Which I thought to be a bit ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arr-books
Life is changing fast for Faith Stryker. She's just turned 18 and has learned some news that she's not quite believing just yet - she's a Halfling. She's never known her father, since he left her and her mother just a day after Faith's birth. Now, her new friend Belle is telling Faith that her father is from the planet Magio, making her a Halfling - and her powers are beginning to take shape. Faith finds all of this just too far-fetched to believe, until she meets Davio, the prince of Peacio, on ...more
Mae Clair
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a vibrant, compelling story with an engaging cast of teen characters. The leads, Prince Davio of the planet Magio and Faith Stryker, an 18 year-old New Zealand high school student are wonderful together. As ‘bonded’ soul mates, their relationship is wholly unique, one that continually faces new challenges and hurdles as the story progresses—especially as the reader learns more about Faith.

I was enthralled by the amount of world-building the author put into this story. There is also an e
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I first heard about this novel when Joanne tweeted me (*Gasps* Yeah i know right)

When I started reading this I instantly fell in love. The passion between Faith & Davio is so overwhelming.

The passion, Love, Lust, Anger, Hate, Trust that is between them is was makes the perfect soul-bound mates.

It will be a painful 7 months to wait for "Warrior" to come in November 2013... but sooooo worth the wait.

I am so glad Joanne tweeted me about this book otherwise I may not ha
Angela McPherson
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Protector by Joanne Wadsworth is a fabulously fun read. I read through the night so I could finish :D

Faith is a likable character and as the story progresses, the difficult choices she made just broke my heart. Dario is a handsome, drool-worthy prince (pain in the arse) and is lovable (eventually). I pulled for a HEA with these two, and Wadsworth did not disappoint!

Protector is my favorite type of love story: two people meant to be together and the hard journey they face along their way. Many s
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't stop turning the pages. It was like chocolate. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I can't wait for book 2 in the series.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Loved Faiths attitude.
Loved how worlds can combine teenagers and highschool.
Hate how I have to wait for Book 2.
Check out my blog, Part of that World, for an exclusive author interview with Joanne Wadsworth:

*I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

At first glance, Protector is a sci-fi novel. But it also has fantastical elements because the people of Magio (a planet like Earth) have powers and strength skills. Not all of them do, though. And it's very rare for an Earthling to have the skills that our main character, Faith, has. An
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a easy, quick read. I did enjoy it, but I also had few problems with it.

Story was really interesting, the premise at least, but I missed a bit more world building. I want to know more about the world described. Because it wasn't a whole lot of explaining, it was at times a bit hard to believe, especially the romance part. I do like to read about mean to be, destined love, however this was so quick, for zero to 100 in 2 seconds. I wanted to see more about both characters, know them a bi
Kara Skinner (Lover's Quarrel Reviews)
I love all the characters except Davio, the love interest. He's a controlling piece of shit. Faith doesn't have any of it and stands up to him time and time again, which makes me love her more, but Davio is just horrible and brainwashed by hatred. I love how the mated bond is described in the book, though. Because even though it affects both Fatih and Davio, it doesn't erase their sanity. Despite being mated they still need to fall in love and trust one another and I love that.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, ya
This was a fun book to read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The only problem I had with it is it left several unanswered questions so the story felt incomplete.
It's a sweet love story about soul mates who find each other, but there's lots more to the story. One thing I've noticed about Joanne Wadsworth's writings is that she not only tells the tale of lovers, but of familial love and friendship.
Laurie Hopkins
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Great story

Overall I enjoyed the story. A couple things bugged me about how things happened, like how fast the bond takes place. And how Davios, can't believe Faith has a rare skill that can kill her and was of so willing to sacrifice his mates trust to capture her father. Kind of a butt head, I hope the story continues as the other books are about different characters
Rosemary Hughes
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Faith was a girl in New Zealand, who in the last week had celebrated her 18th birthday. Since, she has had the worst week ever!
However, Faith's life was just about to be turned completely upside down, finding all she believes in is built on lies and half truths.
There's a lot more, but why ruin a good story, when you will be amazed at the alternative life, awaiting Faith.
I liked it. Sort of. I had a few issues:

1. Faith's easy acceptance of her soul bond.
2. Davio's controlling nature. It was annoying.
3. Sappyness galore.

Also, this book is a standalone in a series. The next one is about Silas and Hope (Faith's sister who she doesn't know about). Not sure if I want to get into that. Eh. 3 stars.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tiring read

Didn't care for Faith childish behavior. The plot did not end really. The part at the end of manipulating her mate with death was farfetched. Corny and slow for sure. Couldn't finish...just flipped to the end. Can't continue with this series. Don't care for unresolved ending for sure.
I found the story to be predictable but enjoyable anyway. Faith very quickly learns that not only is she not human, but she is also Juliet to Prince Davio's Romeo. I have a feeling that the series will continue to be a tug-o-war between family and soul mate loyalties for both of them.
Couldn’t hold my interest. DNF at 40%. Felt a lot like Romeo and Juliet. Characters were mated instantly, but I just didn’t feel it. Just my opinion, don’t hate me.
An intriguing story with interesting plot twists and admirably strong characters, both men and women.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The dialogue in this was painful to read. Corny, repetitive and overly dramatic. This was not for me.
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Princesses of Myth (5 books)
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