i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.
a big thank you to rabt book tours for letting me be part of the blog tour for this novel! (also, it’s been a while since the last time i wrote a post for a blog tour. i’m feeling a bit nostalgic.)
The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis
Da Vinci’s secret pales. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Man fresco in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever.
As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt”, Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation. Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.
this book was mindblowing.
i’m catholic, and even though my family isn’t super religious, i was sent to sunday school as a child to learn about the ten commandments and stories in the bible, such as moses leading the israelites out of egypt, and my personal favorite – noah sailing away in an ark with his family and a bunch of animals when it rained for forty days and forty nights.
these stories are etched deep into my brain and this book somehow linked them up together and gave them a deeper meaning. it was like having severe short sightedness all your life and suddenly getting glasses which gave you clear, but wonky vision. the author’s an incredible storyteller – he takes timeless tales like these and turns them into a whole new kind of thing with his imagination. and it’s truly amazing that he planned it all out flawlessly. i will never look at these bible stories the same way again.
i also liked how the main characters all came from different parts of the world. there’s one from japan, another originally from croatia, two americans, and two of puerto rican descent. the first few chapters in this book are about their lives in separate cities when apocalyptic events started happening, and i enjoyed reading about their lives in different parts of the world.
sadly, i couldn’t really relate to any of the main characters. perhaps it’s because they’re much older than me? or maybe they’re just way too boring. avery is often referred to as a “humorous” young woman, but i don’t find her hilarious at all, and sometimes her cheeriness seems a bit forced and fake. it’s hard to stay positive when the world is falling apart around you, but still.
moreover, although the six main characters are from all over the world, i can’t help but notice that they’re all somehow american – either full american, half american or having worked in america at some point in their lives. and i don’t know, it just feels a bit weird that the only six people who survive the apocalypse are all kind of american. it’d be so much better if the final six were more diverse!
we remember religion. we remember airplanes can fly; electricity, the internet, and computers. we remember the united states’ declaration of independence. the olympics. the evils of the holocaust and slavery. we remember mother teresa, nelson mandela. we have the rich history of our old world in our minds.
to sum up my thoughts, i found the world building and storytelling very impressive, but was disappointed by how bland and lacking in diversity the main characters are. i’m looking forward to seeing the survivors rebuild the world in the next two books in the trilogy 😀
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have you read the thirteenth guardian? what are your thoughts? also, have you ever been really impressed by a book, only to be let down by other small things in the story? let me know in the comments!