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Originally posted at Butterfly o Meter Books on Nov 16 2011 Well, wow Just wow After reading the first book of the series, I had all these questions and speculations going on in my mind, about what would happen to Ann At some point during this book, I was like, ok, there s too much happening to Ann let s give her a vacation or something A break I am most unhappy about the Paul situation When I demanded some action on that front I wasn t thinking the kind of action that I got, ok I m making an official complaint Seriously I was on the wholly shmit sort of wavelength about the Paul situation It wasn t like I was rooting for something specific to happen ok so maybe I was, a bit Shut up p , but, but, but This book is crazy it starts out strong, and then it just escalates all the time There s all this spying, and lying, and running and being chased, and then sort of caught, and the there s chasing again, and then some spying and lying I am so rewarding myself for going through all this tension with some smut reading after this crazy roller coaster ride Yes, smut is a magical cure, don t stare like that pSo the plot is very active and dynamic and over the top thrilling I m getting too old for this kind of tense reading I was constantly gasping and fidgeting and wincing You need to be in a safe environment when you re reading this book, or you might hurt yourself I did, fidgeting and umping got me into hitting my bedside table twice, and I hit my hands at least 4 times while I was agitating them Yes, I m a very peculiar reader, it comes from being a peculiar person I should think, lol.The characters were cool, though Ann was a sure deal from the previous book in the series I loved her a bit in this one, in fact, because she s even braver, and makes really tough choices, and she loses people around her, beings that she cares about in one way or another It s certainly not easy being Ann, I can t say I envy her, at all I really liked Chow that s probably not a good sign I liked Paul, too Though Paul I liked because he had a vibe to him, you know That vibe I often go for And I generally go for villains, but I thought maybe he s a special kind of good guy Surprise, surprise well I m not gonna spell it out for you, read and weep I mean see for yourself.And, the book ends in a sort of cliffhanger Again I mean, what is it with Ann and her timing She s always in the worst situations possible right when the book ends someone needs to teach her a lesson or two about timing, and that s totally ironic, for reasons I will not disclose or I d ruin your read.Overall, I recommend this book to lovers of paranormal in a traditional way, I guess, and by that I mean the paranormal isn t just a useful tool for the hot guy to be even hotter though I am totally on board with that as well D , this book is a head spinner with a lot of action, it s very interesting and exciting and intriguing I really liked it, and I think if you like some mystery and suspense you ll like it just as much as I did.If you re curious about the books, tune in for the Gratitude Giveaways Hop starting 17 Nov for a chance to win book 1 of this series I thoroughly enjoyed aspects of this book, and didn t really enjoy other parts The best parts were the settings, and the relationships and dialogue between characters I didn t really like developments that Ann s talents took.The settings were vivid, exotic and magical Every setting was described so it felt like I was there experiencing it in person The locations jumped off the page and made the book easy to fall into.The relationships and dialogue that Ann had with the other characters were every realistic and entertaining Ann and Bennett s friendship bloomed late, and every interaction was entertaining and fun Ann and Chow had a very easy friendship I was a bit thrown by Ann s constant play punching, but the actual dialogue was both serious, fun and enjoyable.My main concern with the story was the development of and extent of Ann s talents It just didn t ring true believable with me I think my main issue had to do with the completely realistic and current setting, contrasting with Ann s talents I just couldn t buy into them.Overall, the story was still enjoyable Quite a few of my questions from the first book were answered in this one But again with the uber cliffhanger ending Why must you do this to me It S The Near Future, And Society Is Government Controlled Technology Tracks Everyone, Personal Privacy Does Not Exist, And Even Food Supplies Are Being Monitored The Hope For Freedom Lies In The Operations Of An Underground Organization, GOG, Which Fights Against Worldwide Oppression Their Most Powerful Weapon Is Ann Torgeson, A Paranormally Gifted Operative, Who Unseals The Prophecies With Her Powers With The Government Doggedly Pursuing Her, She Goes Underground, Fleeing The Pacific Northwest, But Not Before Leaving Three Murders, One Suicide, And An Explosion Behind Her Will She And Her Companions Survive To Change The World After Everything Twists And Turns Upside Down The Prophecies Series You Re Reading, Or Deciding Whether You Should Read, Was Born Just After The Author Survived A Near Crash In A Passenger Jet Thankfully, She Lived To Write This TrilogyBefore Linda Hawley Became A Full Time Author, She Supported Herself As A Freelance Writer Her Experiences Working On Diverse Projects Requiring Significant Research Stretched And Refined Her Composition Skills It Also Inspired Her To Become A NovelistYou May Be Surprised To Learn That Most Of The Technologies, Conditions, And Places In Her Trilogy Exist It S The Characters And Their Actions That Are Pure Fiction Writing The Prophecies As Accurate Faction A Literary Work That Is A Mix Of Fact And Fiction Requires Significant In Depth Research, But The Author Was Aided By Her Many Years In The US Intelligence Community Her Government Service Certainly Aided The Believability Of This Dystopian Trilogy Guardian of Time by Linda Hawley is the second book in The Prophecies series The story continues to follow Ann as she tries to discover the potential of her paranormal powers and seeks to improve the world In the first book of the series you are introduced to the characters in a wonderfully in depth way that makes them seem like old friends when you open up book 2 There are also several minor characters that become much larger parts of Ann s life as this story progresses If I try to go into the plot I am almost guaranteed to include spoilers for this book and the first so I will refrain from doing so I will say that getting to know Chow as a larger part of the story was very interesting and he is undeniably my favorite character of this book.Linda continues to tell the story at a perfect pace Keeping the information flowing as a part of the story so there are no hiccups in the middle of the chapters Chapter heading continue to give a location and year to make the flashbacks easy to follow as well as being extremely informative The biggest appeal of all is that the book takes place in the very near future with current day references making the story easy to visualize and seem frighteningly realistic The end once again will leave you hanging, and personally I cannot wait for the thrilling conclusion to the series Well done once again Linda. I went straight from reading Book One in this Trilogy to devouring this book, and I am chomping at the bit, wishing I could move as quickly into the third book The Author left us at a major cliff hanger, and the only light in the darkness is the assuring line that she ends her author note with, this story is, as I believe all stories should be, about hope That is a paraphrase as I don t have my kindle with me at the moment, but the gist of what she said stuck with me.I love stories about psychic phenomenon, and that is originally what attracted me to these stories of a Woman whose dreams matter, on a current, world wide, political stage Then there was the element which both frightens and gives me hope, the real, current events and the knowledge that we have rights and the responsibilities to fight to keep the rights our ancestor s died to give us I care about the character and I hate leaving her alone and not knowing where she will end up next And she will make you care about having the right to care about yourself and humanity. The first book in the series is really a set up novel The second book takes you into the action and the illumination of many of the things that were hinted at in the first.Ann is underground Her life began to unravel in Washington State, and her situation was compromised Word about her and her abilities was put into the hands of the wrong people Her family and friends were put in precarious positions One thread they all have in common is that they vowed to protect Ann at all costs.Ann s paranormal abilities are growing She is now able to use them in ways that she did not believe possible As her abilities increased, the net around her begins to tighten Those tightening it are her friends willing to protect her and her enemies trying to cut her off.This book has some intense moments Ann is learning who is friend and who is foe I highly recommend the second book in the series, but to read it, you must read the first to grasp the intricate plot that Linda has created.Once again, she leaves us on a cliffhanger Dang She has however guaranteed that I will be reading the next installment. I thought that Guardian of Time was a very engaging story In this second book there is good closure to some of the mysteries of book one, but enough open questions to lead well into the third book The author s writing in the first chapter was stealor The way she described the events in the airplane seemed authentic I liked what s happening with the lead character, Ann She is evolving and as she understands her potential, she is utilizing it selflessly I liked the significant scene with Sinead, and how she seemed to evolve I liked the sailboat trip in the San Juan s to Canada I wish I was doing that right at this moment I liked the imagery of India and of her travels as she has to leave The book was full of surprises, especially about Paul The ending was fantastic It is truly a story that gets you thinking Linda Hawley is gifted in describing beautiful imagry as Ann travels through perilous obstacles and a corrupt encroaching world. Wow This book picked up where the previous one left off and at a cracking pace There was no re cap so you would have had to have read the first one to know what was going on.The story though has become gripping with twists and turns and drama and danger I can t wait to read the final installment. Where Dreams Unleashed set the tone for an action packed adventure, Guardian of Time does not disappoint From the very first page I was caught up in the story Not only does it pick up right where Dreams Unleashed left off, but it picks up the action from page one I was hooked from the very beginning, unable to set it down Literally, I carried my Kindle into the kitchen and read while I prepared my lunch and ate it It was THAT GOOD I read this book in one sitting.The pacing is very fast the dialogue crisp Ms Hawley also elaborates a little on Ann s special abilities as she is sucked deeper into the web of rebellion against our controlling government Convinced she will fight the good fight, Ann is soon swept away from America and into foreign countries in a whirlwind of travel and danger Most important, Ann is ready As her purpose comes to life, so do those of the immediate people around her.Shocked by betrayal on one hand and acts of intense loyalty on the other, Ann finds who she can trust in this story But will they all give their lives to protect her and her amazing gifts Will she be able to save the world I guess that s what we ll learn in Book Three I started with The Guardian of Time, then read Dreams Unleashed So by the end of book 2 I already liked the heroine and very much disliked all the scumbags she had to deal with So when those folks are introduced in book 1, I already had a bias against them I guess that s why things should be read in order The first thing that stood out for me was how smoothly the story moves along We might be moving three or twenty three years back and then forward again and there is absolutely no stiltedness between chapters The pace is quite good It s not so fast that you get to the end wondering what you ve just read There are no huge shocks that cause you to put the book down to deal with rough imagery As I was reading these I could totally see Ann Torgeson being interviewed by George Noory on Coast to Coast AM I ve been involved with Transcendental Meditation since I was 15, so I had no trouble identifying with Ann even though I found myself a bit envious of some of her experiences.Exchanging freedom for relative liberty is like exchanging water for relative humidity After the September 11th attacks we were encouraged to do just that Now, nearly 11 years later we have rules, regulations and and government agencies imposed upon us without our consent These are topics that might be sensitive to some people, especially anyone who is in favor of what s going on in our culture regarding privacy and freedom Hopefully reading this trilogy will cause all of us to revisit our opinions about the way things are I ve very much enjoyed reading these books and I look forward to the third installment.