Review and Giveaway! The Guardian Herd Book 1 – Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez


Mark your calendars for this wonderful book that will be released September 23rd!  Can’t wait?!? Well comment below and enter to win a signed copy (US residents only, please). On September 1st I will… I mean my little sister Josie will  pick a name out of a hat and declare the WINNER of a SIGNED copy of THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE! WOO! 😀

I reviewed Ms. Alvarez’s book “The Pet Washer” a while ago (see my review HERE) and I really enjoyed her writing style. I was very excited to get an ARC of the first book of this new series by Ms. Alvarez and really looked forward to reading the story. I wasn’t disappointed!

guardianThe Guardian Herd Book 1 – Starfire

By Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

272 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins on September 23, 2014

Anok is a land full of pegasi – winged horses – and no humans.

Star is the “black foal” – a black pegasi that is born once every 100 years. On the black foals’ first birthday (at midnight), the Hundred Year Star gives its power to the black foal of the century. With this power, the black foal can become either the Destroyer or the Healer of the herds. Either way, the foal will become more powerful than any pegasi in Anok. Thunderwing (and most of Sun Herd) thinks that Star will become the Destroyer, if he lives. Star doesn’t blame them – he isn’t so sure himself! Thunderwing, the over-stallion (chief) of Sun Herd now is the head of the Guardian Herd, the herd to which the black foal is born. It is the Guardian Herd’s responsibility to keep track of the black foal and to determine it’s fate when the time came. Thunderwing gave Star until his first birthday to live and then declared that Star must be killed in case he becomes the Destroyer. When the lead-mare of Sun Herd helps get Star to safety by bringing him to a secluded cave, she gets kicked out of Sun Herd. She dares to go back only to warn the Sun Herd about the pegasi army about to attack the Guardian Herd because they lost track of Star. The warning didn’t help. Now Star’s friends’ lives are in danger! What can he do?

This is an amazing book! It reminded me a little bit of the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter, with all of the Herds and all – but it was also very different (not just because it’s about pegasi). I liked it. The Guardian Herd series is very unique and I like that it hooks you right in the first paragraph! I could not put it down! ( Seriously. I didn’t really leave my bean-bag chair at all until I was done… 😉 )! Ms. Alvarez is a great author with a descriptive writing style that gets the reader involved. Star is a character you really come to care for. He is a great main character, and is a nice guy pegasi. I like how Star’s character developed during the time he spent exiled in the cave. I love how Ms. Alvarez describes the world of Anok. It felt like I was really there, diving through the trees, galloping through the plains! I thought all the interactions between the herds and members of each herd was interesting. You got to learn about their society and chain of command and such. I can’t wait for the other books in this series! Bonus points for an awesome cover too!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Alvarez and her books, please visit her website HERE.

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27 replies

  1. Follow my book reviews please? I review rock and roll autobiographies.

    • Thanks for your comment and for visiting! Since I am a kid (I am 12), I only follow sites for children’s books but I am sure some of my grown-up readers would like to check your rock and roll autobiography blog out! Here’s the link –

  2. Boy does the cover grab you and make you want to read it. Great review. Adding it to my list.

  3. The cover is fantastic! The story sounds like it could get confusing with all the herds, but it isn’t. No need to enter me, I have an ARC. Nice Review – I’ll just run yours. 😆

  4. Great review, Erik! The cover is wonderful. I’m a fan of the Warrior Cats, so will add this one to my list.

  5. Love the cover photo and sounds like a great book.

  6. Great review, Erik. I think our 11 year old would LOVE this book. Please enter me to win! 🙂

  7. I think both of my kids would enjoy this book (they are 9 and 11). That was a great review! Please enter us the drawing! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the review, sounds like a fun read!

  9. Well, we MUST read this book! 🙂 Thanks for the review, Erik.

  10. The book cover reminded me of Lynd Ward’s wordless book The Silver Pony – done primarily of woodcut paintings. That one is worth checking out too, Erik.


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