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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  77 reviews
"What is a Sentinel? A guard. A detective. A killer..."

They are the world's best-kept secret - an underground society whose eternal cause is to protect the world against the dark creatures and evil forces that inhabit the night.

Now Sentinels are being targeted, murdered and turned as the fury of an ancient evil is unleashed once more. And when 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow's
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Published by Peridot Press (first published May 1st 2013)
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Sentinel by Joshua Winning
Published 2013, Peridot Press
Stars: ★★★☆☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Thanks to the author Joshua Winning for providing a review copy of this book one after I was approved on Netgalley for book two, without realizing it was a book two!

So, we all know that YA is chock full of "something happens, teenager learns they don't know their world, find out they're special, etc" type books. And yes, this is one of them. It's a trope that will be hard for the book unive
Sarah McMullan
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sentinel by Josh Winning
Book 1 of the ‘Sentinel’ Trilogy)
Publisher: Peridot Press NZ/AU Imprint: TBC
Release Date: TBC

A savvy mix of magic, myth, folklore and classic teenage coming of age angst, a very basic starting synopsis could make Joshua Winning’s debut novel sound a little like another series of books about a boy called Harry and his magical hijinks at boarding school. But make no mistake, Nicholas Hallow, the protagonist at the heart of Sentinel is no boy wizard, and this is no series fo
Esraa Bassiouny
This book maybe the most boring book I've ever read. It is not usual for me to hate books, but I did hate it. I also have never gave a book less than 3 stars, but I wanted to give this book one, but I gave it two considering the language, which was the only good thing in this book.
I've started this book and from the first chapter I found it boring, but I told myself it would get better by time, but it didn't. It kept the boring state till the end.
I've also found it so childish. I've re
BJ  Almeda
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted in:

Terrifying! What a monster! This book, written by Joshua Winning, is so real. I love everything inside the book. It courses through all my nerves when I was reading it. I don't want to put this book down when I'm reading this but I am so busy which was not good. But, it doesn't matter because this book is just awesome.

I had fun reading this book. It was in a British/ English accent and I always know that English people are fun so I
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was originally going to give this 4 stars, but the last 40 pages convinced me to change it to 5 because... well it IS AMAZING! What a book, but really, what a story teller! The author gives you only bits to nibble on in the beginning of the tale, then the pace picks up, and as the momentum builds you find yourself in the middle of an all out good vs. evil war of the worlds. Lies are told, truths unearthed and demons set free~ come on, how could that not be a great story? At the heart of all of ...more
Elizabeth Corr
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this, the first book in the Sentinel Trilogy. It's sort of Buffy meets Shadowhunters meets Inspector Morse (set in Cambridge though!). It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat! ...more
Jessica Macaulay
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. A lot of times I find it hard to get into YA fantasy as it either comes across as childish or it there is simply too much backstory to get into. But, Sentinel really finds the goldilocks medium of just enough of everything to keep it approachable, moving along, and just enough enough detail for everything to make sense while leaving just enough details out to keep you guessing.

I ended up loving Nicholas as a character, as he was mature enough to handle all of
Meggan Turner
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and absolutely wonderfully written. I loved the characters and the world that Joshua creates! It was so interesting to read, and I didn't want to put it down because I was so invested! I can't wait to read the next book!

FULL REVIEW: https://betweenthepages13.wordpress.c...
Everything Marie
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
To me, the most important part of a book, is the first chapter. It’s the first part of the story that the reader is witnessing. Without a gripping and compelling first chapter; the reader gets bored and unfortunately the book gets tossed to the shelves.
This book grabbed me from the first few pages. It starts off with a little history to the story-line; dating back to the 1800′s, with; of course, a little magic involved. After a few pages, the story picks up in present day, located in Cambridge E
books are love
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book through the making connections group on goodreads and boy am I glad I did. This was a wonderful read. I have alot of questions I hope get answered in the next book ruins.

For a trilogy the first book leaves you wanting to know more. Many questions you need answered and can’t wait to see the answers to.

Nicholas Hallow is a interesting character. A boy with strength and conviction and justifiably emotional due to all that has happened in his life. You will cry for him and root
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
This book is creeee-py! I loved it, absolutely loved it! The author hooks you right from the very beginning.
I have always loved thrillers - movies, TV, books - whatever. Being a huge fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Ted Dekker etc - It takes a lot to give me goosebumps or chills. This book gave me goosebumps on top of my chills! Even with all its scary, creepiness it was a fun and gripping story that I could not put down!
I don't know why but it almost had a Gothic feel to it that I really l
Lynn Worton
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic start to what looks like an exciting trilogy! I loved it!

Nicholas Hallow is a fantastic character. I liked him very much; and felt extremely sorry for him, as he dealt with a tragedy that destroyed his world. When he is sent to live with his godmother, Nicholas has no idea what mystery and danger awaits him.

This is an exciting, danger-filled YA Fantasy novel set it Cambridge, England. I found myself
Rachel Churcher
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Young Adult urban horror/fantasy set in and around Cambridge? Yes please!

The blurb on the back of Book One of the Sentinel Trilogy promises 'unconventional heroes, monsters, murder and magic', and the story doesn't disappoint. Fifteen-year-old Nicholas Hallow's world is turned upside-down when his parents are killed in a train crash. A letter from his father to an old friend sets out what should be done if anything were to happen to his parents, and Nicholas fi
This book is not faced paced but there is plenty of action. There was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. I usually don't like books that take the pace slow but this book was so well written it kept me wanting more.

The world building is good. The charaters are good. The story line is intriguing.
Jamie Barber
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Publisher: Peridot Press, Woodbridge
Year of Publication: 2014

Pick a side and join the eternal struggle between light and dark in Joshua Winning’s Sentinel.
Sentinel tells the story of Nicholas Hallow and the discovery of his heritage that marks him Sentinel, an agent of light who fights against evil and darkness. A classic coming-of-age story, Sentinel takes place in a world where the naivety of one teenager costs lives, good doesn’t always win hands down and a world where even good can be a litt
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book read more like a prequel then a first book. It had the feeling of "this is how all your favorite characters ended up in their epic adventure".

It started off a little slower then I expected and I will admit that I had trouble getting into it. I found that for the first half of the book the reader was jumped around between characters of the story too quickly. It felt as if just as you started to learn about one character you would be taken from them to learn about someone different. It w
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.


Pros: On the whole, a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure, with a strong ensemble cast and plenty of heart.
Cons: Slow start, tapping into your typical orphan-to-chosen-one trope. Book 1 also has a strangely quaint atmosphere.
WARNING! Contains many elements of horror and gore, plus nightmarish monsters.
Will appeal to: Those who like apocalyptic scenarios (in the truest sense), e
I don't think I was the target audience for the book as sadly just thought it was an okay read.
I didn't find the plot immersive or relate to any of the characters.
I was also not a massive fan of the writing and had to really push myself to finish the book.
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure that everyone has had daydreams of living a different life; of waking up one morning and discovering your regular life is changed so dramatically that everything is new and exciting. It’s great to dream but for Nicholas Hallow the dream becomes a nightmare when a family tragedy unlocks a new life that he could never have expected.

The Sentinels are the de-facto guardians of humanity. This secret society are the chosen few, just slightly out of step with normal existence. They suffer and
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Nicholas lived a very ordinary life in Cambridge – until the fateful day his parents died.

After which Sam, his parents’ oldest friend, swoops in to try and get him out of Cambridge, to go stay with a godmother he’s never heard of in a large house in the countryside. What should be a simple trip is made harrowing by attacks and the revelation that his parents did not die by accident – they were killed by demons.

Which is what Sam, as a Sentinel, needs to battle and oppose. First and foremost that
Jay Kenobi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read and reviewed Josh Winning’s dark, gritty thriller Vicious Rumer, and absolutely loved it, so when I was offered the chance to take part in the blog tour for Splinter, the Sentinel series finale, I leapt at the chance. I loved Josh’s writing style – the descriptions are incredibly vivid, almost visceral in places, and you can see that in evidence in Sentinel, which was his debut novel. I felt his style had become slicker and more accomplished by Vicious Rumer.

The pace of the novel
Kyra Halland
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-review
Kyra's Star Ratings:
Characters: * * * * *
Story: * * * * *
Writing: * * * * *
Emotional Engagement: * * * * *

(I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of giving an honest review.)

"Sentinel" is the story of a fifteen-year-old boy, Nicholas Hallow, who, when his world falls apart, learns that he has abilities and a heritage that he never dreamed of. Evil beings who were long held at bay by the Sentinels have begun to gain a foothold in our world, and Nicholas finds himself the object of th
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yes-please
I received a copy of Sentinel directly from the author Joshua Winning.

I am a fan of the fantasy genre and this trilogy shows promise. This book begins slowly but I found myself growing more and more attached to the story as it progressed. There is no descriptive introduction to the backstory of Sentinels so you have to jump in open-minded and understand things as they come. This is not a bad thing and it does not impede the quality of the book. Actually, this styling drew me into the book more e
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded really interesting to me, and I am so glad that I came across it! The story pulled me in right from the beginning, and I had trouble putting it down. Nicholas is 15, he’s lost his parents, and now he’s discovering that there’s an entire world that he knew nothing about. I was really drawn to Nicholas, and felt genuinely bad for him while he was learning about this new part of his life.

While Nicholas was a great character to read, this book is full of wonderful characters! I lov
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, own
I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The truth is, it was very hard to finish this book.
The book wasn't so boring that I wanted to fall asleep every time I read a page (it's happened to me before), but it wasn't very interesting either. From chapter one, new information was thrown at me and my brain had to rush to comprehend all of it--which is very normal in fantasy novels--however, the information was never very clear. To this point, as I sit here pondering wha
Paulina (The Little Book Pixie)
I received this book for free in exchange of an honest review
I had a very hard time reading this book, I really wanted to like it since I had heard very good things about it and the premise was amazing.
I loved the first chapters the pace was great but around chapter three the book got so slow that by the time I finished it I had zero interest in it.
I felt that a lot of scenes could have been deleted since they were only fillers ans made already slow book more tedious to read.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog:

* I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review *

Such a great opening book for a series and has me dying to pick the next one up immediately. I was so excited when this finally came in the mail and I was able to start it and now I know what my next read will be.

This dark and eerie story weaves a tale that kept me interested and dying to know more as I turned each page. Along with the addicting nature of the tale
Theresea Wasson
I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion. This series has a lot of potential across several genres. Demons, Harvesters, Sentinels, the Trinity, and a young man and young woman caught in the middle of all of this. The book mostly follows Nicholas Hallows after his parents are killed in a train wreck. He discovers that his parents were part of something known as the Sentinels. They are an ancient group that protect the earth from the demons. It is also a hereditary job, passing ...more
Max Fincher
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in modern-day Cambridge, this novel creates a real sense of tension and takes us into the history and physical spaces of the city which is refreshing. Part of the appeal of the book is that this isn't fantasy in the sense of a novelist creating a completely different, alien world, with a lot of esoteric mumbo-jumbo you have to wade through, which puts many people off the genre. Instead, we follow its protagonist, Nicholas Hallow, on an emotional voyage, in discovering how his recently deceas ...more
Dionne Dussard
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sentinel is the story of Nicolas a 15 year old boy who tragically loses both his parents. Just after their funerals he is told that he must go and live with a mysterious Godmother that he has never heard of.

Just before leaving the family home Nicolas discovers a secret room in his parents bedroom that contains the secrets of th sentinels. A secret group of people who seem to fight an unknow about evil.

Nicolas is escorted to his Godmothers house by Sam a man in his 70's who is integral to the s
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Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.

In 2018, Joshua’s YA thriller VICIOUS RUMER was published by

Other books in the series

Sentinel Trilogy (4 books)
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