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Forest of Ancestors (The Guardians #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for B01FPOYSR6

Eli is not your average witch, he is a member of a group of elite trained warriors fighting evil entities that torment the non-magical world.

However, when one of their leaders is murdered, questions are raised and an ancient foe of Dark Witches, who was previously thought to be long gone, reappears.
It will take all their a
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 15th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
I love to read anything that has witches. It’s pretty rare I find something in this theme with male leads, that in itself captivated me. I was instantly drawn in by Eli and his friends, coven mates, guardians. Plus, the familiar Parker, was absolutely adorable. The word they populate is rich, with a history that enthralled me. I am totally down for more in this world and more Eli of course. Did I mention that he, in addition to being a powerful witch, is genuine good guy, and so swoony?

The story
Ravenna Young
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eli, Eli, Eli...This was an awesome ride! What I adored most about this was the incredible character development of a male protag (ELI) that comes off the pages as genuine, unique and in many cases hilarious. It takes a lot for me to even bother with a male POV story, especially when written by a female author, but this was convincing and Eli quickly morphed to the top of my book boyfriend list. He's hilarious, his voice is strong. The witchcraft in this one was also well done, almost as if the ...more
Kevin Kuhn
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eli is a witch who recently lost his girl and has thrown himself in his work, dispatching evil spirts from this physical world. Just one problem, as of late, these evil spirits seem to have become stronger, viler, and capable of physical damage as evidenced by the slashes across his torso.

Author Denver teases us with some fantastic action, but then makes us wait for much of the story, slowly building to an epic climatic clash that leaves a path of death and destruction. In between, we get to fol
Francis Benedict
Where do I begin? Okay, as a first note, let me just say that I received this book in exchange for an objective review so I’m going to be fair and objective in my observation.

I’d love to compose a beautiful review for this beautifully written story but I just don’t have the requisite magic to do it. Forest of Ancestors is a story about witches, magic and a mystical forest featuring plenty interesting characters that simply jump out at you, drawing the reader into an ecstasy of magical moments. B
D.P. Tighe
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Guardians: Forest of Ancestors by K.A. Denver is the first book in a new series, Forest of Ancestors. Eli is a witch in a group of warriors and has dedicated his life to helping non-magic people with things they can't handle. His biggest problem is not finding closure over the fact that his now ex-girlfriend left him with nothing but a letter saying it was over. When Eli discovers someone following him, others in the coven reveal similar experiences. Surely this isn't a coincidence. After so ...more
A great story.

This is a great story which holds a good level of mystery and intrigue that develops at a good pace as the plot progresses. The differences between light and dark magic, and the ways in which each character uses their magic, add interest and complexity to the story. The central characters are varied and quite well crafted although, as a reader, I didn’t really feel as connected to most of them as I would have liked to.

I really like the concept of the forest of ancestors as a plac
Shannon Bayless
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eli is a handsome witch who works as a modern day magical warrior--a Guardian--protecting magical and nonmagical people from malevolent spiritual entities. When his Coven is threatened by evil witches, Eli and his friends must fight for their lives and defend their town.

Eli is the manly narrator throughout most of the book. His casual, decidedly masculine tone and his antics with his buddies reminded me of the fun TV show, Supernatural. This book has a similar good-natured vibe punctuated with r
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to take away one star because there were some run-on sentences and the structure was a bit distracting at times.
With that said, however, I found this book quite creative! The main protagonist, Eli, was interesting right from the start. The author does an excellent job of voicing the brain of a teenage boy, a dash of immature sass yet with just enough emotional maturity to be capable of deeper thought. Organically learning about his past helped justify the fact that he is more mature than h
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
I rate books as I'm reading to see if they progress or decline. This started off with a 4/5 and easily shot to a 5 star as the book got more interesting and faster paced
Before reading I was a bit sceptical about whether I would enjoy as most witch books tend to follow the same path. However I was very pleasantly surprised as I discovered very quickly this was going to be unique. Loved the fact that it was a male witch for a change and the characters were fantastic. Full of magic, betrayal, deat
Sandy Quinn
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story starts slow but picks up in the middle. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in the plot which makes this book a page-turner. Finished the book in 2 days and am looking forward to see how the story will develop in book 2 (now that Eli and pals are left without their leaders). I know it’s a good book when I ignore my cat pestering me to feed him. LOL
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me at warriors and witches! Loved the male protagonist in the central witch role and the dry humor in his voice. Enjoyed the different take on the witch theme- a sort of Buffy the vampire slayer twisted toward witchcraft. Very entertaining and great characterization.Iam intrigued to see what else this series throws into the mix.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charmed for boys.

Yes but so much more. The charictor D amazing the comradely between the gies is so believable. Loved the fermilyears but we saw more of them. Loved the tattoos. The demons were believable. Niot so shore about the Magic thie?
Cannot wate for the next one. I would recomend this book to enemy one.
Jennifer Redmile
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The banter between Eli and his 'crew' was excellent and really brought the characters to life. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
S.K. Gregory
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC for an honest review.
Eli is a witch, who along with his coven, attempt to protect humans against dark forces. Unfortunately the dark forces catch up to them and one of their own is murdered.
I really enjoyed Eli's story, he was well written and despite the magical circumstances is still dealing with everyday problems including his crappy love life. A great first book for the series, can't wait for the next one
Kat Gracey
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eli is a witch who is part of a coven of warrior witches. They have to go up against a group of evil witches, after they murder his friend Connor and start a war with the coven. I really enjoyed this book, it was very different to other witch books I've read. It was good to read about a male witch for a change and even though it is set in America, there are obvious Irish roots here. Strong characters and a good story. Highly recommended.
Gabriëlle Van Der Linden
The Guardians , Forest Of Ancestors pulls you right into the magical yet scary world of Eli, a warrior witch. After a brutal attack on a covenmember, Eli and his warrior friends must fight the wicked Dark ones so that his coven will survive. Will their magic be strong enough? And if they win the battle wich price must they pay ? Find out for yourself and read The Guardians , Forest Of Ancestors.
Enjoy! I know I did!
May 07, 2017 marked it as unfinishable
DNF. From other reviews it sounds like there is an interesting story here.

Unfortunately this book is badly in need of proofreading/editing. I just could not get past the grammar problems and strange punctuation choices.

(I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway on goodreads)
Nikki Landis
Wow! I did not expect such a complex and deep story, but that is exactly what The Guardians is all about. Rich in detail, well written, lush with description and history, and just enough hunky male heroes to reel me in and leave me dangling on the line, desperate for more.

Mmmmm...Eli. LOVE me some Eli. Have I mentioned yet that the entire book (written by a female author) is from the first person POV of a guy? Whatever reservations you may have about POV, toss them out the window because this i
Amanda Evans
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with action right away and I was immediately drawn in. Eli is a witch and what struck me, first of all, was how you don't get many books with male witches. The writing is great and the story is fast-paced. There is lots happening but the main storyline is evident throughout and this book it's a real page-turner. I loved Eli's familiar Parker the cat too. He was snarky and clever and just perfect for the story.

The beginning of the book kicks off with Eli banishing an evil spirit
Diane Garner
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forest Of Ancestors (The Guardians #1) By K.A. Denver

"Johnny Storm?" Dude! She just called you The Human Torch!"

Eli is one of the worrier witches in a coven that he belongs to. Eli and his friends are trained to fight the evil that torments our world. The characters in this book are well put together and very likeable, especially with all the sarcastic humor that I tend to love. You will find funnies throughout most of the book.

Eli was a hard character for me to relate to at first. I as a reade
Sondra Hicks
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
First I have to say that there are a lot of books out there about witches and this one stands above them like a warm blanket that gives you a warm feeling inside and stimulates the imagination within. I am one of those people that enjoys a good read that is well written and this book is right in that category. It gives you the pretense that magic is not only real but so are witches. We follow Eli and his friends within his coven who together combat the evil demonic forces known as D'thsehs. I lo ...more
Carol Marshall
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many things to really like about this book, it is light hearted, well written and intriguing. For fantasy fans especially those inclined to a witch or witchcraft genre this is read you'll fully enjoy and an author you'll want more from.
Michelle Connor
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, my favourite part by far though is the cat. Every time he made an appearance I had a smile on my face and the story how parker came into Eli's life really touched me.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: won
I won this book in a Giveaway.

I'm not sure *WHO* exactly are all these people writing fabulous reviews (4 and 5 stars??) for "Forest of Ancestors"... but whoever you are, it's clear that you are not being very honest. I'm thinking that these reviewers may be other authors. Authors helping other authors. And friends of K.A Denver perhaps.

In any case, the novel is unfortunately full of spelling errors, bad grammar, run-on sentences, etc.. In fact, many sentences make absolutely no sense whatsoever
K.A. Denver
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It is my own book... What can I say?
I love Eli and the guys and I can not wait to share with you the shocks that have yet to come...
Alyson Madden-Brooker
In this first book of her Guardians series, K A Denver introduces us to a world of magic, where fire bolts can be thrown and witches travel around by portals. But that’s not really what the story is about. The coven are family, their warriors a band of brothers: a whole series of relationships are built up between the characters, all of whom are brought to life by some excellent writing.

In fact, it is these characters that make this a stand-out work. Denver has invested heavily in them, and abso
D.J. Doyle
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too sure whether I would enjoy this as recent years has brought an abundance of tales involving witches, vampires and werewolves that, I believe, has somewhat overcrowded the genre.

Well! Where do I start? What an intriguing, well-written piece of fantasy fiction. I was taken in from the start by the characters and then the storyline. Most times it is the other way around, I typically need to enjoy the story first before feeling anything for the characters. K A Denver does such an excel
M.L. Sparrow
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is K.A. Denver's first book and is the first in The Guardians Series. The first chapter drops you straight into the action and the entire book was very fast paced. I loved that this book centres around a group of male witches, which is rarely seen, or at least I've rarely read a book with male witches! I enjoyed the interaction between the large cast of characters and I loved that their coven was like a huge, extended
Ashwin Rajan
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