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Wardens of Archos

(The Relics of Ar'Zac #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Once a despised street rat, now the reigning queen of Rifarne, Rachael is at the centre of everyone's attention. All she wants is a few peaceful moments to herself—

but her kingdom has other plans.

The Tramuran ambassador unnerves her.

The Krymistian lady is hiding something.

A Mist Woman brings her a gift, and a warning: Aeron's death has released the Dark One's shades into t
Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Ellen Read
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wardens of Archos is the second book in Sarina Langer’s Relics of Ar'Zac fantasy series.

I was so pleased to be back in Rifarne with Rachael and her colleagues. It was great to pick up the story from where it finished in the first book. New characters were introduced and joined Rachael on her journey to new lands in an attempt to find the answers to what is hidden beneath the ancient Krymistian ruins of Archos.

The story moves at a good pace and always left me wanting to turn the page. Sarina Lan
Michael Chrobak
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story line here picked up well from the first book in this series, and the new characters the author introduced added depth. I did find it slow in some parts and somewhat repetitive in others, which is why I knocked it down a star. Look for a full review including likes, dislikes, etc coming soon.
Faith Rivens
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2017
First I want to thank the author for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was in a rather unique position reading Wardens of Archos as I had already read it in one of its earlier stages a few months ago. The best thing about it, is being able to recognize the improvements from then to now, showing not only the hard work that Sarina has put into this, but the skill of her eye in edits!

The book picks up right after the sequel as Rachael has to carry the new burden of being regent of Rifar
Julia Blake
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had already read book one in this series, which I'd enjoyed, so was confident this book wouldn't fail to deliver as well. I was not disappointed. Straight into the action, picking up where book one left off, we are plunged into the turbulent aftermath of Rachael's ascension onto the throne, where all is not as simple as they thought it would be.

Battles, intrigue, secrets, visions, prophecies, assassins and magic, this book really does deliver it all in spades, as well as relationship issues wh
K.J. Chapman
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rate this book 4.5/5.

Langer is back with a bang. I have been patiently anticipating book two after devouring book one. Rachael finds herself dealing with her new role as queen, assassins, prophecy, dark magic, and awkwardness with Cale. I loved the awkwardness, it only heightened my need for them to grow and strengthen their relationship in the long run. I was a sucker for their relationship dynamic in book one, and book two played on that beautifully.

The world building is brilliant, and Lange
Beverley Lee
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My rating 4.5

Langer is back with the second book of her Relics of Ar'Zac fantasy series, and she does not disappoint.

The story picks up well from the end of the first one (something I really like) and we're thrust into a world of prophecy and personal struggle, danger and self-doubt. I really liked the complexity between characters, Langer knows how to string a multi-faceted dynamic together, and to make the reader turn the page to discover what happens next.

The world-building is very strong, I
Holly Ducarte
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
I was chosen as an ARC reader for this novel. And I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity. This is the second book in a series, and I haven’t yet read the first. Still, Sarina wrote the book in a way that allowed the reader to catch on quickly. Backstory was weaved in carefully. I appreciated that it wasn’t a saturation. The characters’ interaction with one another was very well done. Dialogue between them felt real and not forced. It was great to get swept up in the drama and hu ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Langer's editor, I am beyond impressed by the way her writing has progressed. I don't read much fantasy, but the characters and worldbuilding keep me engrossed in this novel the whole time, as well as the first in the series. This novel is compelling, well written, and perfectly paced. If you're looking for a thrilling, character-driven novel that will make you really feel things, I highly advise you check out this book.
Nicola Rose
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed revisiting this fantasy world in the second book in the Relics of Ar'Zac series. Plenty of magic, deceit, war, mysterious lands, and even a little teasing taste of romance. The worldbuilding was great and the action kicked in towards the end with some surprising revelations!
Rachel  C
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I was provided a free ARC of Wardens of Archos by the author in exchange for an honest review. A full review can be found at

It is a rare sequel which manages to not only match the quality and intensity of the first book but also surpass it. Yet Wardens of Archos, book two of Sarina Langer’s Relics of Ar’Zac, achieves that feat. The beginning of the novel sees the characters still reeling from the aftermath of the climax of book one. Rachael, now Queen of Rifarne
Claire Huston
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The rarest of things: a strong middle volume in a trilogy!

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

The second book of a trilogy often suffers from “saggy middle” syndrome. I’m very happy to say this is in no way the case with Wardens of Archos. Everything in this book moves the story forward swiftly; there is no sense of treading water or trying to fill time before Book 3.

The one concern I had with Book 1 – that I needed more background information about the world the characters were op
Aarika Copeland
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was overjoyed when Langer asked me to be part of her ARC team. Rise of the Sparrows was an epic set up to her series, and I was eager to know how the second novel faired.

Wardens of Archos was everything I waited for!

After the prophecy of the seer queen is fulfilled, Rachael must bury her dead friends, as well as her orphan past, to become the queen Rifarne needs. But with assassins around every corner, and Cale keeping his distance, Rachael struggles in her new role as queen. She does not know
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-finished
3.5/5 stars

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of Wardens of Archos for free through Booksprout in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Middles in a trilogy are hard to review. You get a better look at the world the characters live in, but, as far as action goes, you’re in a state of limbo. Sure, stuff happens and people die, but the overall plot of the series is still being stacked up. In Wardens of Archos, for example, much of the book was about the journey to retrieve an artifact, and you’re le
Peter Hill
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sequels are tough to write. Some match up to their great first books...other times, they don't.

The Warden of Archos feels like the Empire Strikes back to me. Now that we've been introduced to the major cast, we can go straightforward into the novel. Yes, new characters are introduced, but the story never stops for the sake to to give us time be introduced to them.

There are a few slow moments - never a problem with me, but I can see why some might wish for it to pick up the pace. Personally, I
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap did I enjoy reading The Wardens of Archos! I completely devoured it!

I'm slightly disappointed that it wasn't as dark and gorey as the first book but the plot and the action totally made up for it! Already in the first chapters, there were assassins trying to kill Rachael, our heroine and newly crowned queen. She's such a well-rounded character that you can't help but root for her safety and wellbeing.

The interactions between the characters were so natural, especially between Reeve and
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
An amazing adventure in fantasy that kept me wanting to read the whole book to the end. Well written.
The book picks up right after the sequel. Rachael is crowned as regent of Rifarne. She bears more than just a royal responsibility, though, but shoulders the weight of sorrow from her most recent struggle to free the Sparrows from the corruption of the last monarch. She just wants peace and would do anything to save her people.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily
Marie Fraser
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book continued seamlessly from the last book. It was well written and the story and characters were well developed. I love the individual characters and watching the relationship dynamics change and grow. The story was action packed and was full of suspense, emotion, intrigue and intensity. I’d highly recommend this book and look forward to the last one in the trilogy!!

I received an arc for a voluntary review.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her life has done an about turn. To start off she was penniless and homeless, now she is a queen. All she wants is some peace and quiet but she just cannot seem to get it. She has many responsibilities and they all seem to want a piece of her. Life is about to get worse. Will she tread through all the problems? Are her dreams just that? Can it be more? Follow her as she tries to find her way through

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kade Cook
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing adventure. I absolutely loved this book, the characters, everything about it makes you want to leap into this world and be a part of it.
From the very first page, Rachael was a strong and worthy lead character and through all her strife, you were right there with her- every step of the way.

Incredible adventure and a must read.
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3.5 ish
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!
Amazing characters and storyline....
I don´t need to say anything go and read it
I truly recommend it for fantasy fans.
Ruth Miranda
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blimey, I like this author! I really do, Sarina has a writing style that is pretty much right up my alley. I usually do not enjoy YA much, because most of what I have read so far is very childish and immature, books I tend to read together with my son. But this series, this is so my thing. I am still a fan of Rachael, am still very intrigued by her past and who she is now, the Queen of Rifarne. Cale grew on me, and Kaida was straight away my thing, can't even deal with the amazeness of her. But ...more
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Sarina is the author of the Relics of Ar'Zac trilogy. The first book in the series, Rise of the Sparrows, was released in late May 2016. She's currently working on the sequel, a new fantasy series as well as her first sci-fi novel.

She's obsessed with books and all things stationery, has a proud collection of over twenty notebooks, and squees every time she buys a new notebook, pen (hmmm, fountain

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