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The Guardian's Wyrd

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sometimes having a fairytale prince as a best friend can be a real pain.

Jay didn't realise that sticking up for Rowan, the gangly new kid at school, would plunge him into the dangers and politics of the magical realm of Sunthyst. But if anyone is up for the challenge it's Jay September. With his trusty dog, Shadow, at his side, he braves the Watcher in the dark that guard
ebook, 140 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by Wordsmack (first published May 20th 2014)
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Nerine Dorman
May 14, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well of course I'd not be presumptuous enough to rate my own book but jawellnofine, here's my baby, and it is this not-so-humble author's opinion that if you enjoyed Harry Potter, there's a fair chance you'll be enjoy Jay's misadventures.

A Jay and Rowan short story:

May 26, 2014: Author Sonya Clark features me at her blog, where I share a little background.

May 27, 2014: A character interview with
Icy Sedgwick
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Young Adult fiction can sometimes suffer from the notion that it’s somehow not for grown ups, despite the success of series like Harry Potter among adults. Thing is, it’s a thriving classification, featuring strong stories and incredibly likeable characters – and it’s totally okay to like it!

As with most stories that deal with magical or mystical realms, the book opens in modern day South Africa, where Jay September is a frustrated loner who dreams of rock stardom. He sticks up for the new boy i
Amy Burgess
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Guardian’s Wyrd is a fresh take on the YA scene. Instead of a vaguely American dystopia, Nerine Dorman brings her readers to South Africa and paints a lush, vivid picture of the life of a lonely, adolescent who endures on the fringes. Jay September would rather play his guitar or take long walks with his trusty dog, Shadow, instead of relate to the spoiled, rich teens at his school.

When he sees the new boy, Rowan, being bullied, he could have walked away and let another kid take lowest posit
Monique Snyman
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Guardian's Wyrd by Nerine Dorman is a unique young adult fantasy, set in Cape Town (South Africa) and follows the story of Jay September, a realistic and layered character that many readers will be able to relate to, who makes friends with the new boy, Rowan. However, Rowan's much more than just a little weird.

It took me a while to get into The Guardian's Wyrd, not because it's badly written or anything of the sort, it's mostly because I rarely find young adult books that captures so much wo
Tracie McBride
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Author Nerine Dorman wears her fantasy geek girl credentials on her sleeve in this YA romp. There are sly references to The Lord of the Rings, and liberal lashings of familiar fantasy tropes, from creatures such as werewolves and unicorns to an old-timey royal family to a time-distorting portal into another realm a la the Narnia series. Back in the “real” world of 21st century South Africa, our unlikely young hero also shows many of the hallmarks of a classic YA protagonist; he’s something of a ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was not sure what to expect with Guardian’s Wyrd. Nerine Dorman is a wonderful author, but it isn’t always easy to go from stories meant for adults, to stories meant for a young adult audience. She accomplished it beautifully. Not only that, but she’s written a story that will appeal to anyone who enjoys Fantasy- regardless of age.

The story begins with Jason September- a loner who would rather be playing music or spending time with his dog than most anything else- defending the new kid at sch
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, 'just one more chapter' fantasy book about a South African boy who realizes his nerdish new friend is a lot more than he seems. Jay is soon sucked into a world of royalty, monsters, and magic, when all he wants to do is get back home. The book is set in South Africa (at least the non-magical parts), which makes this nice change of pace for Americans who like international settings. I can't wait to read more by this talented author.
Melissa Delport
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tsbc-authors
What a delightful book! This is exactly what I needed - a short, light-hearted fantasy read. I loved the SA references and it made me realize this is the first fantasy book I've read set in SA (barring The Raft, but I hardly knew that was set in SA until about 3/4 in) I was also really impressed with Nerine Dorman's writing skills. Beautifully told!

One critique: book 2 does not seem to be available yet :( That being said, you *can* read this as a standalone.
Yolandie Horak
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book! It's a fast read that draws you in from the first page and doesn't let you go until the end. I'm hoping the sequel for this one is on the way soon, because I really want to know what happens to the characters and to Sunthyst.

I loved Jay, because even as a teenage boy, he's a very relatable character - I enjoyed reading the story from his perspective. He's a loyal kid, and his guts and determination made me want to root for him. His brand of magic is seriously cool! Sha
Noor Jahangir
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, crossover
Jay, a lonely outsider, discovers that his new friend, Rowan, isn't exactly what he seems when he is invited to go visit Rowan's family's mansion and finds himself dealing with things not of this world.

Jay, short for Jason, usually tries to keep a low profile and stays out of the way of school bullies, whilst spending his free time practicing music on a piano, but would rather play guitar and front his own band. For some reason he doesn't quite understand, he feels drawn to stand up to the bulli
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hayley Long
Recommended to Shelley by: Nerine Dorman
This is my very first signed by the author book, Nerine was at our local community market here in Glencairn, Cape Town, and after telling me if I liked Harry Potter etc. I'd no doubt like this, I bought a copy.

Well I can say that I didn't like it, I loved it! Believable characters in Rowan and Jay, with their unlikely friendship. Well written narrative which takes you on a journey from Hout Bay to the magical realm of Sunthyst. Shadow, well won't say too much for fear of spoilers, other than, w
Jun 22, 2014 added it
Difficult to pull quotes from without spoiling the story...

- I didn't mean to slam Mike into the wall so hard, but it was so satisfying to catch him unawares. -

- I needed all the allies I could get, even if they were stodgy old spinsters with a fondness for Beethoven. I could forgive her the Beethoven. At least it wasn't Chopin. Ugh.

- I had this sense that things were about to go horribly, horribly wrong. Kinda like not studying for an exam but only ten million times worse. Kinda like when you
Cristy Zinn
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this world! Jay September is thrown into a world that he never knew existed to find that he has some very cool abilities. I loved experiencing this world through Jay's eyes and I hope to read more set in this world!
Marius Plessis
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely adored this. A fun, quick read with just the right amount of everything. Really looking forward to the second book!
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The Guardian's Wyrd didn't exactly hit the bull's eye with me, and half the time my mind was telling me to just click the DNF button because there wasn't much going on.

Or maybe I just need to lower down the chances of trying to catch my attention from 50% down to 25%. A quarter just seems a tad bit harsh, and 50 just seems like a nice number compared to 38. :p

The book focuses on a guy named Jason September, in which I actually thought he was a she and "her" name was September. Confused? Yeah...
Nerine Dorman
Aug 04, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Finally we have the print edition live. Marvellous artwork by the fabulously talented Daniël Hugo, with support for cover design by Icy Sedgwick and interiors by Gayla Drummond.

In a nutshell, this book is Narnia meets Harry Potter. (The author's opinion)
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Nerine Dorman is a South African author and editor of SFF currently residing in Cape Town. Her short fiction has been published in an assortment of anthologies, including the Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed; The Endless Ages Anthology for Vampire: The Masquerade; the Wraeththu mythos; and War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, among others. Her YA fantasy novel Dragon Forged ...more