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I Belong

Early Review: Vanguard by Ann Aguirre

Title: Vanguard

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Razorland (Book #4)

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250089824 (MacKids)

ISBN-13: 978-1250089823 (MacKids)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’s past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Quick & Dirty: Tegan goes on a strange journey.

Opening Sentence: Morning crept across the floor in buttery streaks, sunlight warming the wood of the cottage Tegan shared with Dr. Wilson.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Dr. Wilson barely gets out the words Rosemere and Catalina before dying from a heart attack most likely. Tegan isn’t sure what kind of mission he is sending her on, but she begins to pack up to travel away from the village. When Millie asks to join her, Tegan doesn’t think twice before accepting. Soon after they head out they end up running into Szarok the Vanguard of his people. Tegan welcomes him to join them and they all head out to Rosemere.

Once at Rosemere, Tegan is again faced with James’s feelings about her, and she attempts to come to terms with exactly what she feels for him. Plus, Millie has latched herself to James and things are going fine until the ship arrives. Tegan decides to join the ship and Millie and James follow suit, to everyone’s surprise Szarok does as well. Mostly because the negotiations for his people living near the human settlements aren’t going as well as he would like.

So he sets out to find land for his people. Along the way Tegan and Szarok will become closer than ever despite the fact that neither people’s is accepting of their relationship. But it will all change one night when Szarok goes overboard and Tegan jumps in after him. Will she be able to save him? Will they survive? Will James finally see what is in front of his face?

I am not sure this really adds anything to the Razorland trilogy story wise, but I am not hating. I enjoyed every minute of it. Although I did ponder near the end, if Ann was going to do a spin off, but I think she wanted to give closure to a few characters from the trilogy. I loved the focus being on Tegan and I really was on board with the romance that developed between Szarok and Tegan. I even found myself wanting to smack James for not seeing some things earlier.

All in all, this was a lovely read and I am quite sad that there will be no more books set in this world. I did miss seeing Deuce kick butt, but it was nice to see the happy ending with her and Fade! My only issue is I didn’t get to see the age thing fixed or addressed. I wanted that answer.

Notable Scene:

The Isle of the Dead was inhospitable but not impossible to survive. That was what Szarok privately called the place where they landed. Sometimes he wasn’t altogether sure they’d survived the swim but if not he’d ended up in a human afterlife instead of releasing his memories. And that could not be true. So he helped Tegan fashion a relatively comfortable nest.

Razorland Series:

1. Enclave

2. Outpost

3. Horde

4. Vanguard


FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Vanguard. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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