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(Steeplejack #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The city of Bar-Selehm is tossed into a whirlwind of scandal when the Prime Minister is found dead on the floors of Parliament: and Anglet Sutonga's friend and employer, Josiah Willinghouse, is the one holding the knife.

Determined to prove his innocence, Ang investigates leads throughout the city, only to discover even more chaos wherever she goes. A mysterious but fatal i
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Tor Teen
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
There are a lot of things I liked about about this series, but unfortunately The Guardian was just a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.

The author does a great job hanging a lantern on diversity, discrimination, and racism in this series. In fact, the whole plot of this book kind of hinges around those ideas. I just wish the story hadn’t gotten so far-fetched because it stole momentum from other really solid components.

For one, the writing. The author has a very sophisticated yet accessible writin
Marta Cox
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
What can I say about this the third book in this incredibly emotive series ? Ang has come a long way since her work as a steeplejack repairing chimneys. Now she’s firmly ensconced in the household of liberal politician Josiah Willinghouse but there are those who fiercely oppose his policies and that makes Willinghouse a target or should I say scapegoat ?
A fabulous return/conclusion to this alternative view of what could be nineteenth century South Africa. Please note I wouldn’t call this steampu
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This has been a wonderful series to read. AJ Hartley did not disappoint. A full review is coming, but I just want to say that as to the question I asked at the end of Firebrand, I think Ang made the right choice.

A big huge thank you to Tor Books for the advanced readers copy of the novel. It already has a place of distinction on my shelf.
This was one heck of a finale. Though, oddly enough, I struggled a little bit with the first couple chapters; I couldn't remember some of the secondary characters and how I felt about them during the previous two Steeplejack books (STEEPLEJACK and FIREBRAND). But everything started falling into place around Page 40, and from there it was a breeze. A thrilling, heart-wrenching breeze, that is.

GUARDIAN is definitely the most political book in the series. But that's partly why it's so good. Its the
Kathy Martin
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion of the Steeplejack trilogy finds Ang Sutonga deep in the politics of the city of Bar-Selehm. When her employer Josiah Willinghouse is accused of murdering the prime minister Benjamin Tavestock, Ang is nearly alone in trying to find evidence to clear his name.

It doesn't help that Tavestock's death left an opening for the Far Right in the person of Norton Richter to seize control of the government and initiate their extremely racist policies. Blacks and browns lose their jobs and ho
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a massive fan of YA literature, and an even more massive fan of YA literature with a fantastic angle. This? The Steeplejack series? It's gorgeous. It's sent in an alternative steampunk 1800s South Africa, in a wholly original city, with amazingly deep and detailed characters. It's exceptionally smart. This is not a YA book that talks down to its audience. It's exceptionally clever -- the mysteries of each novel are filled with twists, and cunning logic, and genuinely surprising reveals. And ...more
Former steeplejack and fledgling spy Anglet Sutonga -- Ang for short --- is back with the most intense adventure yet in book three of the Steeplejack novels, GUARDIAN by A.J. Hartley.

Every time I write a review for one of these novels I have to remember that I can’t reference everything, otherwise the review will be as long as the book, but goodness this mystery is a doozy! As far as third installments go, GUARDIAN is here to put its two predecessors to shame. All of the stops have been playfull
Ajay Ollis
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Literally anyone that likes to read
Phenomenal final installment to a phenomenal series. Guardian, the 3rd and final book in the Steeplejack series, is like the mystery and suspense icing on the cake. A.J. Hartley's very believable world of Bar-Selehm is once again deftly injected with sociopolitical themes that hint at those from our own world without being preachy or soap-box-y. If you've read the first 2 installments, you know the characters and know to expect a novel taut with suspense, some shocks, mystery, and a whole lot of ...more
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Guardian is the third and final installment in author AJ Hartley's Steeplejack trilogy. 17-year old Anglet Satonga is a Lani (non-white) who lives in a world that is similar in nature to 19th century South Africa. She's a former steeplejack who works for Brevard Party politician Josiah Willinghouse solving the most curious mysteries. Ang's work will get even harder this time out as she finds herself trying to solve problem af
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the Steeplejack series - it's one of my favorite YA series out there, set in a city inspired by 19th century South Africa featuring a badass female protagonist of color... I love it. Guardian is the culmination of two books worth of heightening tension in Bar-Selehm, and provides an absolutely fitting and satisfying conclusion to the series. If you haven't read this series yet, you need to. It's brilliant and frighteningly relevant. Read it, seriously. Just stop everything and ...more
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I apologise for being unable to review thie whole book, since some aspects of this book is against my personal beliefs.

This book has a political intrigue, with discussions of equality for women and black people. I found the dialogues and ideas to be strong and not dull at all. The MC is very likeable strong headed passionate person, which is very refreshing to come across. I'd say I relate to Dahra character here, her views of politics mirrors mine so I'd a fun time whenever we'd interactions wi

Ted Macaluso
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Great continuation of the world of Steeplejack

Steeplejack was one of my favorite books of all time, Firebrand was good, and Guardian is the equal of Steeplejack. Protagonist Anglet has emotional depth, the plot is exciting and full of surprise. The world of Bar Sehlem is richly imagined. I wish I could write this well!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay... why aren't more people reading these... because 1) south africa-inspired 2) race relations (though City of Brass spoiled me to bits as for nuanced culture-relations... Steeplejack is still way more nuanced than a regular teen fantasy) 3) politics 4) MYSTERY 5) ANGLET.
Well let me just say one word for that je ne sais quoi teens apparently want... Korrasami.
Diana Gagliardi
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Satisfying and engaging ending. Could there be more stories in this world? Undoubtedly, and I would read them all!

Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Its not that I didn't like it, it was not something I really enjoyed. I plodded through it, half tired of everything and wanted to see how it ended.

It ended. The end.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and has a ton behind it. There is so much to this trilogy I am going to have to start buying it for people so I have someone to talk about it with.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. As good a tale and as tight a plot as the first 2. Absolutely loved it.
Jessica Strider
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pros: lots of politics, complex race relations


When Willinghouse is framed for murder, Anglet Sutonga, former steeplejack and spy, tries to clear his name. But the white government starts enacting racist policies that disenfranchise the native black Mahweni and brown Lani populations. Meanwhile a mysterious illness strikes the Drowning, where Ang’s sister lives. As tensions in the city increase, Ang starts to wonder if the city she loves can survive.

This book refers often to actions and p
Rating: 4.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature.
MAL score: 7
Medium-high enjoyability
Medium-high rereadability
Competence porn
Slow burn low-key FS payoff (main)
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