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Sarah Fine
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29 Oct 2013 Guards of the Shadowlands, Book Two
Book Two in the Guards of the Shadowlands series

In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island as Captain of the Guard with Malachi as her second in command, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.

Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life for her foster mother, her probation officer, and her classmates, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they secretly hunt for the Mazikin nest. To assist, two new Guards from very different parts of the Shadowlands are assigned to Lela’s unit, including the bad boy Jim, who repeatedly challenges Lela's authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.

As one painful revelation follows another and the Mazikin start targeting those closest to her, Lela finds herself more vulnerable than she’s ever been, wanting a future more than she ever has. With an enemy determined to separate soul from body, one question remains: how much is she willing to sacrifice to protect those she loves?


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  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (29 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477817298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477817292
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,788,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. Her first novel, Sanctum, was published by Skyscape in 2012.

Find Sarah online at http://sarahfinebooks.com/ or on Twitter @FineSarah.

For more information about the Guards of the Shadowlands series, and to read excerpts from Malachi's personal journals, visit www.GuardsOfTheShadowlands.tumblr.com


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4.0 out of 5 stars Avoid until the last book comes out. 8 Feb 2014
By Rashika
Format:Paperback
Where do I start with this book? Nowhere. My feelings are all over the place. This was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2013 and it took me a while to get around to reading it. I went into this book with high expectations, especially after having my mind blow by Sanctum, and things didn’t work out. Where Sanctum told a story of friendship and loss, Fractured told a story of… teenage drama, until it didn’t. Until the last 20ish percent. By then it is USUALLY too late for a book to redeem itself but Fractured somehow did. I forgot that I had spent the last couple hundred pages in rage. I was biting my nails.. whimpering.. hoping that my beloved characters would get the chance they so badly deserved.

It started off really well. We got introduced to new team members, who had a lot of potential. Malachi and Lela’s relationship kept on getting better and better. The only thing that was bugging me was their sudden popularity boost in school. Until well Malachi had an accident and decided he wanted to cut things off romantically with Lela.

Don’t get me wrong, he had a better reason than most of the teenage guys who try to pull that off. He wanted to be able to concentrate instead of having to worry about her safety all the time. He thought that his feelings for her were affecting his ability to be a good guard and to a certain degree it was true. It pissed me off that he thought he could just turn a switch off and his feelings would go away. It pissed me off that the two of them essentially messed with the feelings of two innocent people that did not deserve it. Lela, at least was honest, Malachi on the other hand.. not so much. How do I stay pissed at him though? How do I when he didn’t actually go out of his way seeking someone else?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book 3 Nov 2013
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Lela Santos has been restored to life and returned to Earth to continue fighting the soul-stealing Mazikin. She is now the captain of an earth-based division of the Guards with Malachi as her lieutenant. By day she's back at school discovering she's not as unlike the other kids, but at night they're patrolling the streets trying to locate the Mazikin nest.
Lela becomes friendly with Tegan and also explores her feelings for Malachi. Then there is an unexpected suicide and Malachi feels his relationship with Lela is getting in the way of his guard status.
The action was fast-paced and I didn't want to put this book down. Ending possibly a bit predictable but not entirely.....I won't be a spoiler. Sadly no mention yet of another book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars big improvement on the first book 31 Jan 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Children's Publishing and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Guards of the Shadowlands’ series, and picks up where book 1 ‘Sanctum’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Sanctum’.**
Lela is back in the normal world, and has been made a captain of the Guards, with Malachi her lieutenant.
Things are not right though, as Mazikin have followed them, and are now possessing people and building an army in the human realm.
Can Lela stop the Mazikin? What do they want? And how many innocent people will have to die before they are stopped?

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book as the first one was only okay, but this one was much better!

Lela was a little better in this book. Even though she once again thought she was invincible, she was less conceited, and actually even showed that she was human! It was nice to see her displaying some emotion, and realising her mistakes.

The storyline was also better. I found it much easier to understand as the story was actually taking place in the real world this time, and the whole thing just flowed better. It was also a lot more believable. I liked the pace of this book, it moved quickly, and I also liked the tension and the constant threat from the Mazikin.

The romance in this one was also good, and much improved from the first. It was lovely when Lela and Malachi were together, and there was real feeling between them which was great.

The ending of this was pretty shocking, and a bit of a cliff-hanger. Lela once again made a drastic and life-changing decision, pretty inadvisably, and we’re left waiting for the next book to find out whether her plan will succeed!
Overall; much improved on the first book – good YA urban fantasy.
7 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good follow-on 16 Mar 2014
By Dee
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Really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Good characters, well designed story, and a massive imagination. Kept me reading hard to the very end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down! 1 July 2014
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I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as the first one, but wow, I was so wrong! I just could not put this book down and I'm somebody who does not have a lot of spare time.

If you are looking for a good read and like a bit of fantasy thriller then this is the right series for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fractured 30 April 2014
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NOOOOOO OMG!!!! When is the next book out? I really need to know what happens next. Not all is as it seems what a good plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 13 April 2014
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I finished this late last night, following on from the last book Lela and Malachi are now out of the dark city and are now back to living a "normal" life, which as Malachi died 70 years ago takes a bit of getting used to.

Their peace is shattered as the Mazikin have followed then and are attacking their friends and other inhabitants of their town, they have to track them down before it's too late.

This had an incredible ending and sets it up nicely for a third book, really enjoying this series and hope there is not a long wait for number three.
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