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The first book in the series takes place on Klairn, a post apocalyptic, yet provincial world where an elite core of Protectors keep watch over those who would cause harm. Becoming a Protector of Klairn is about as hard as making the Olympics on Earth, and this is the story of the trials of a chosen few. Join the fiesty Iona, the romantic Lexti, the charismatic Joby and the humorous Fernis Clay as they and others laugh, cry, win, lose and face the many challenges of becoming a Protector of Klairn.
Klairn was once a booming, industrial world. Few listened to the decrees of the environmentalists and pacifists who cried out to take care with pollution and warlike activities. Finally, much of the beautiful planet was destroyed in a devastating war. After the planet recovered somewhat, a core of Protectors was formed to keep this from ever happening again. The work pays well, but is demanding, requiring feats of great mental and physical stamina and is often dangerous, as espionage is a key part of the job. It's a fantasy job for many, but only a few make the grade.
Enter Iona Stonefinder, daughter of King Arnis's jeweler. Her Da forbids her to go to the trials, despite the fact that she is a stong competitor and one of her Province's best hopes. Though no one expects her to win, they expect her to do well. The fiesty brunette leaves without her father's blessing and knows that if she loses, she may be sent away from home; let alone punished severely. She risks all and makes the finals.
During the trials she makes many friends and falls for Lexti Anders, another competitor. The trials take on another curve as it also becomes a battle of the sexes. Will Lexti's advances distract her and cost her the final slot? This book is the ticket to this exciting event.
As he walked toward Iona, a blush slowly began to rise up her neck and face. "I know I'm okay. Don't worry about me," she said in an effort to appear calm. She began to stand.
"Nonsense, you know nothing of the sort, Iona Stonefinder," Lexti said somewhat sternly. "Now sit still and let me check you." He reached out and pressed her shoulders down firmly to make certain she remained seated. He knelt down and tenderly cupped her face in his hands and tilted her chin down. Iona's heart was beating so hard she was afraid he could hear it.
"I must admit, I am filled with admiration, Iona," he said as he gently pulled back the medicine cloth. "The mayor and the other judges were right to give you the bonus points. You kept your mouth shut the whole time you were falling out of the tree. You are well-trained and certainly in possession of a great deal of self-control. Anyone else would have yelled out." He carefully touched the wound. "I think if you are very, very careful you can proceed with the contest." Lexti began to put the bandage back on. "Let me see you stand," he said, rising and stepping back. "Here, hold on for a moment to make sure."
Reviews for "Protectors of Klairn"
|Reviewed by Nicholas Stember
|Erin, the exerpt hooked me and I just ordered a copy of the novel, I can't wait to read it. As one SciFi/Fantasy PublishAmerica author to another... Best of luck!
|Reviewed by S Robinson
|Erin Elder's "Protectors of Klairn" is an empowering, visual journey that I highly recommend for all ages. There is the budding (and very authentically uncomfortable) romance between the heroine Iona and Lexti, the drama of the eco-trails where plants and animals communicate to help or hinder, and the beautifully described world of Klairn itself, a montage of stunning vistas. The young Iona Stonefinder is at a crossroads in her young life; duty and loyalty to family versus following her heart and setting off on her own chosen path. She is not quite certain of her fate, but shows the courage needed to proceed towards her goal. I found the telling of her story spirited, and wished that I had book two in my hands when I had finished. The Protector Trails are the backdrop of a fast moving plot concerning Iona's discovery of the limits of her strength, will, trust and determination. It also tells the story of her emergence into womanhood. I found Protectors of Klairn to be a refreshing tale of intelligence, kindness and wit (instead of explosions) being used to solve and overcome problems. I found the telling of her story spirited, and wished that I had book two in my hands when I had finished. Thank you Erin!|
|Reviewed by Stephanie Sawyer
|The commune with nature and absolutes of self awareness you portray are highly commendable. The spirit of tenacity and survival yet gentleness and undestanding in the midst are gracious and empowering. I liked the book from the very first sentence. Thanks, Erin, for your sensitivity and wilingness to stand up for it in natural environments! -- Stephanie S. Sawyer, author FACING ME|
|Reviewed by Dana Matthews (Reader)
|Generally not my genre...but you go girl! Extremely imaginative, and incredibly sexy. Going on my "to buy" list.|
|Reviewed by Deborah Turner
|Sounds like a winner to me. I want this book! Your world sounds exciting and the trials are awesome. Hope she wins the job and the guy, too.|
|Reviewed by Lori Paris
|Wow, Erin! Your excerpt left me wanting more!|
|Reviewed by Terri Matthews
|Literally could not put it down! I bought 3 copies. Two for gifts, as did a friend. We are both anxiously awaiting 'Rivers of Klairn' and the movie(s)! You are surely this century's answer to J R R Tolkien!|
|Reviewed by Mary Erickson (Reader)
|This book is on my Christmas list for my teenage grand daughters. They love to read and know they would enjoy this first in the Klairn series|
|Reviewed by Marcyle Taliaferro
|Definitely a winner, Erin! Love your style.|
|Reviewed by Linda Alexander
|Erin: I'm always a sucker for a romance story, & I like a twist on the ol' fashioned, cookie-cutter boy-girl stories. Your excerpt is tantalizing.|
|Reviewed by William Overby
|I don't usually like sci-fi and fantasy, but this story has me intrigued. I think you'll go places, Erin.|
|Reviewed by Kevin Yarbrough
|Like I said before, I love fantasy. Yours is realy different from anything I have ever read. Have to buy it now so I can read it. Plus I also love series.
I'm also writing a fantasy series, I have a chapter on my authorsden site. It's called Eli Harris and the Dark Knight.
What I read was great!
|Reviewed by J. Torgerson
|Sounds like a great story! Good Luck...|
|Reviewed by Bill Montgomery
|Very well written and fun to read. I"m already looking forward to her next book.
I am sure that I'll be reading this authors books for years to come.
|Reviewed by Lynn Barry
|Geesh! Great stuff here...good luck! You are going places, author...
P.S. I could not believe the similarities in our bios....freaky...take care...see ya on the PA board.
|Reviewed by Lynn Barry
|This book reads as fast as a wildfire, but is a lot more fun! There's a lot of action from a environmental viewpoint, a nice romance blossoming, & an exciting contest. The details are great, & make you think: "When's the movie coming out?"|
|Reviewed by Nora Klein
|Loved it! Imaginative, fun, empowering! Should be required reading for young and pre-teens!|
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