• Sentinals Awaken

  • Sentinals Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Garraway
  • Narrated by: Matt Coles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Sentinals Awaken

By: Helen Garraway
Narrated by: Matt Coles
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Publisher's Summary

As a 3,000-year-old threat reemerges, only one man has the power to awaken the world’s greatest protectors and restore order to the realm. He just doesn’t know it yet.

When Jerrol Haven, a captain in the King’s Rangers, discovers treason at the highest level, he knows immediately that the knowledge puts his life at risk. And indeed, though he expected the ailing King to shield him, the ambitious Crown Prince sentences Jerrol to death. What hold does the Prince have over his weakened father, and who or what is he protecting?

As Jerrol flees for his life, he is rescued by a vision of the enigmatic Lady Leylandii, a goddess who, according to legend, once saved the land of Remargaren from malevolent wild magic users known as the Ascendants by raising a veil to nullify their power and exiling them. Now, with signs that her veil is weakening and the Ascendants are creeping back into power, she has returned and is in dire need of Jerrol’s help. For though he doesn’t know it, Jerrol possesses a rare gift: By chance, he touches a revered Sentinal tree and awakens Birlerion, one of the Lady’s personal guard who have been sleeping in the strange, tall trees since they were last called to battle.

Aided by Birlerion and an old friend, Jennery, Jerrol begins his journey to help Lady Leyandrii save Remargaren once more. But time is running out: As it was with the King, the old guard Lords are everywhere being usurped, attacked, and assassinated, while their heirs behave strangely and refuse to honour the Lady as Remargarens have done for millennia. Jerrol must unravel the mystery of the Ascendants’ return, stop the sinister force that is dividing good families through bloodshed and betrayal, and rescue the King—and his troubles are only just beginning.

Sentinals Awaken is the first book in the saga of Remargaren, a vibrant, ancient world of high fantasy suffused with magic and adventure.

©2020 Helen Garraway (P)2022 Helen Garraway

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Good break

I really have no complaints. This book is a godsend for people who don't like litrpg books or gamelit books. If you do then this is a nice break from litrpg or gamelit books. This book also reminds me of lusam, they aren't alike but there similar in characters and narrators. I don't have any complaints about this book. Sometimes it was boring, and that's just because it's not like what I'm used too. The fighting is bleak. The characters are likeable. The Mc isn't annoying or dumb.

The world building and character progression is not really there. But if you're looking for a good adventure fantasy book this is for you. So you there looking at this book not knowing if you want to get it well do it!!!. The plot is also the best part of the story.

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Complex in the best way

Parents: this is acceptable for preteens and up
Language: G
Violence: PG-13
Sexual content: G

The story and world were complex and engaging. Some of the more nuanced parts of the story I think get lost in the audiobook but it is still a fantastically immersive experience as a whole. If you enjoy adventure, mystery, mind control, and deception, strap in and give this book a listen; I promise you won’t regret it!

Narrator has fantastic and diverse character voices!

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great story

Jerrol is Captain of the Guard, so when he discovers evidence of treason, he knows he has to make it known. He expects the King to protect him from the Prince, but instead finds himself being arrested for treason in front of the King, who does nothing to stop it.

Three thousand years ago, the Lady banished all magic from the land, banishing herself and sealing her guards - the sentinals - in trees. The land has lived without magic since then, but forces are moving and the veil behind which she sealed the magic is weakening. After helping him to escape, she calls on Jerrol to help; for Jerrol has the ability to awaken the sentinals. Discovering this when he accidentally touches one of the trees and wakes Birlerion, the two of them and Jerrol's friend Jennery begin a quest to help the Lady and save the land once again.

This book begins an epic series, so there is quite a bit of world-building early on. This caused the story to drag a little bit, which made it kind of hard to get into it. I also found that I had trouble paying attention to the narrator, Matt Coles. I can't pick out what, specifically, caused that, but there were many times that I realized I had no idea what happened in the previous chapter and had to relisten to it. Even with that, I still finished the book in 2 days because it is a compelling read.

With the storylines that began in this book, I do want to continue the series, for they are quite good and, once the story gets going, it doesn't let up. However, I will likely just read the books rather than listen to the audiobooks, so that my attention doesn't wander. I will say that Matt Coles didn't do a bad job, he just isn't a narrator for me. You might like his work, so don't write off the audiobooks if that's how you typically engage with books.

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A great first book in the Snetinals Series!

This is the first novel I have read/listened to by Helen Garraway and I was not dissappointed. The story overall is engaging, the characters are well developed and you like/hate them as you are supposed to, and the story/plot moves at a good pace. I look forward to the next book from Helen Garraway! Audio Version: Matt Coles does a fantastic job narrating this story and bringing the characters to life.

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A Great Start to a New Series

I didn't actually read this book. I listened to the audiobook, and I have to admit that listening has probably made this harder for me to review than if I had read it. I don't know how to spell any of the names. I also find my mind wandering a little more when listening than when reading. I took this into account and didn't drop any stars for that.

Garraway does a fantastic job of world-building. I love the idea behind this series. The characters were well-written and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the Arifel (might be spelled wrong, audio). I might need one of these for myself.

Matt Coles does a fantastic job of narrating. I loved all the unique voices he did and the animated sound of his voice. It didn't bore me at all.

This is definitely one book I would like to read when I get a chance, and I am anxious to see what happens next in the series!

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Great Fantasy Escape!

Up front: I received a free audio book in exchange for an honest review. And I'm happy I did!

I was familiar with some of the characters from Instagram challenges (definitely check out Helen Garraway's social media feeds!) and very excited to learn more about their story. Sentinals Awaken brought to life a wonderful world to escape to, and fascinating characters (human and animal alike!).

The plot moved along quickly, and I could easily picture it all in my head as I followed along. Also--and this is really important to me in fantasy--the wry touches of humor really brought the dialogue to life!

Though the entire book was fun, I must say my favorite part was the interplay of past and present. I'm a total sucker for mysteries of the past in fantasy stories, plus it really makes for great worldbuilding!

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this to fantasy and D&D lovers. I raced through it as quick as I could!

Also, I *loved* the narration. I thought it was perfect!

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I REALLY ENJOYED IT. HUMOROUS & INTRIGUING

THIS STORY IS WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

ACCEPTABLE FOR PRE TEEN AGES AND OLDER.

NARRATOR IS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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Magical Fantasy Adventure

This was my first experience with Helen Garraway's work, and I enjoyed it very much. The world building was formidable. The characters were likeable and complex. I liked the way the story moved in complicated ways which interweaved into a very fascinating tale. Once I started listening to the audiobook, I had to listen until the end. I can't wait to get the next book in the series. I recommend this book to others who enjoy this genre. Matt Coles' narration was great and enhanced an already enjoyable tale. I was given a free copy of the audiobook, and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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  • Amanda B.
  • 07-27-22

sentinels awaken

Love this story, roll on part 2! Can the Captain prevail and seal the rift!