- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Rejacketed ed edition (7 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747575398
- ISBN-13: 978-0074757536
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Named (Guardians of Time Trilogy) Paperback – 7 Feb 2005
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`The book in itself is very good at keeping the reader in suspense . . . Overall, it is brilliant!'
--Teen Titles magazine
`The book was exciting from the very start and I couldn't put it down. I've probably paid more attention to this book than my classes over the last couple of days'
--Teen Titles magazine
About the Author
Marianne Curley's debut novel Old Magic established her place as an exciting and original voice in the world of children's literature and has sold in 11 countries. Marianne lives in New South Wales, Australia. .
Top Customer Reviews
The last book in the trilogy is my favourite - The Key - I just couldn't put it down, it's a real page turner as the prophesy draws to the final conclusion and fulfilment.
great battle scens and doesnt go on hours explaing scenery!
I think that the cover of 'The Named' looks like a scary horror story which it isn't at all.
The story is based around two main characters - Ethan and Isobel who are both Named. This means that they travel back in time to make sure that The order of chaos doesn't change history with drastic results in their favour.
Isobel is an appretice as she has only just become a member and Ethan only has a short amount of time to train her for her first mission. If Ethan manages to train Isobel in time he will recieve the highest promotion, he will recieve his wings.
This book has many twists and turns - in that way it is similar to the HArry Potter books as at the beginning the prologue doesn't really make sense and then by the end it all falls together and makes sense.
The Named has everything a good book should have, not only do you get lost completely in it but it has action, mystery, a sprinkling of romance and adventure.
It is also a very easy read. I will read this book over and over again, i just hope that there is a sequel.
I loved the idea - time management! - but found the 2 principal characters rather flat, especially the girl who was supposed to be a sports fiend but who spent most of her time thinking soppy thoughts about the boy. Then when it came to their first time trip I was thoroughly put off: the traipsing round asking idiotic questions and making mistakes which surely the boy's A grade History should have prevented, but mainly the humdrum historic location.
It's set in Australia (I eventually deduced - no sense of place in the writing) and yet they have to go back to medieval England. Boring! Think of all the fantastic times and places in the whole of the rest of the world, but no, we're treated to ladies in long dresses and men with swords.
Don't bother. Try something truly original to read, such as Stravaganza or Sabriel or Fly By Night. This is not worth the eye-time.
Firstly, the storyline is compelling, and incredibly imaginitive. At first it seems compicated, but it all gets wrapped up well at the end.
Secondly, to the person who said it was bad being written in the present tence, you're incredibly wrong. It's fantastic that it is written this way, and brilliant that an author has finally stepped out of the boundary which is that everyone writes in the past tence. How can you really think you are there, if it isn't happening now?! With this in mind, and it also having been written in the first person, you can really relate to the character, and believe that you are a part of the adventure. Also, in each book it concentrates on two characters, and around about every chapter, it swaps. This is a fantastic idea, as you can understand boths opinions, and views of a situation perfectly without it having to be in a narrator style.
Thirdly, the storyline has everything; adventure, action, good vs evil, romance, magic, need I go on? You would think that this is too good to be true, well, it's also written exceptionally. I started reading this just before Harry Potter 6 came out, so I put it down about a 6th of the way through, but I missed it so much, that I sacraficed HP, until after I'd finished it! That's how good it is. If your not a fan of HP, then it doesnt matter, just imagine your favourite fantasy book, and I'm sure it will be just as good. In my opinion, it's better than all the books I've read, and it will take a lot to push it out of that position. Please trust me on this one. DON'T HESITATE! JUST BUY IT! You won't look back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I downloaded this book on my kindle well over a year ago and never bothered to read it- but tonight I fancied something different and really enjoyed it! Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by anon
Already read this book and it is so worth the buy so you can read it over and over againPublished on 3 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
A very well written tell .Flows and leads you on. I liked the all the characters. The move from our world to the other and going back in time all work so well. Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by Mr N.J.Stanton
A very satisfying read.I thoughorolly enjoyed this morsel of escapism.it passed a few hours away giving me great pleasure.thank you.Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by George Taylor
This book kept me gripped the whole way through. I can't wait to start on the next in the series. Fantastic read.Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by kat
Ethan is a Guardian of Time and has been since he was a small child. Basically the Guardians are responsible for making sure certain events in history happen as they should,... Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2010 by Tasha
Having been recommended this title by friends, I wasn't 100% sure what was going to unfurl within this title. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2010 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
When i first picked up this book by Marianne Curley I wasn't too interested. The synopsis and prologue where great but the first chapter lost my interest and I put it down on page... Read morePublished on 6 July 2010 by Mrs. A. Riaz