With a heavy and sad heart I must tell you that this is the final book in the Psionic Pentalogy by Adrian Howell. If you haven’t read this series yet then I envy you, you’re in for a fantastically gripping, entertaining and emotional tale, but alas, I’ve already finished reading the series. I do wish I could go back and read the series again, but I will have to wait a year or so before rereading, in the hopes that I might forget most of it, but it will never be the same as reading the series for the first time. All you potentially new readers for this series, I’m so jealous. If you’re looking for a book where the world inside could almost be the real world today, but way more exciting, dangerous and splashed with superpowers of course, then you have found it with the Psionic Pentalogy.
Here’s a quick overview of Adrian Howell’s world…
The Psionic Pentalogy describes a world very similar to our own, but some people are unlucky/lucky enough to develop incredible powers. These people are called psionics, and their powers include mind reading, flying, flame throwing, dream weaving, telekinesis and many, many more. The majority of the human population do not know that psionics exist, and the psionics try to keep it that way. However, there is a war going on between two major psionic factions, ‘The Guardians’ and ‘The Angels’, and there are other groups who are trying to capture psionics, kill psionics, or both. Certain, rare, female psionics are known as ‘Master Controllers’ who can basically brainwash anyone to join their cause. In a nutshell, the Angels have a Master Controller and believe that psionics should be the supreme rulers of the world, whereas the Guardians do not have a Master Controller and believe that everyone should be allowed to make their own decisions freely. It’s a very complicated issue, dividing friends and families. It is rare for children or young teenagers to develop these powers, most psionics develop their powers during early adulthood. Also, some psionic bloodlines can remain dormant for long periods of time, sometimes surfacing randomly within the offspring when two dormant lines cross. These psionics are called Wild-Born’s.
And onto Guardian Angels, (hopefully without giving away too many spoilers)…
Guardian Angels follows two Wild-Born’s; Adrian Howell, a young teenage, telekinetic, and Alia Gifford, a powerful child healer. After escaping ‘The Wolves’ a military group, and ‘The Godslayers’ a religious group who hate psionics, participating in ‘The Angels’ blood-trial, and taking the perilous journey to see an ancient psionic known as ‘The Historian’, and overcoming numerous other obstacles, and kidnap attempts… if you think that’s bad enough, the main characters are not done yet. In this final installment both Adrian and Alia have developed and have essentially been forced to grow-up early. They have experienced the darker side of humanity, uncovered horrible truths, and their journey has been long, riddled with difficult decisions and numerous upsets. Guardian Angels puts Adrian’s and Alia’s emotional and physical states over their most dangerous hurdle yet.
Adrian, Alia, along with their friends Terry, James and Ed Regis support the Guardian Faction. However, the Guardians are now in splinters since the Angels took over the Guardian’s town ‘New Haven’ with their new and powerful Master Controller. Adrian and his friends are forced to stay on the run, whilst simultaneously trying to find and kill the Angel’s Master Controller. However, finding the Angel’s Master Controller is not easy, and the old members of the Guardian council have either been captured or are dead. The group decide to try their luck with a secret Guardian settlement known as Wood-claw, where a few old friends have made their temporary home. They hope to find information about a rebel group of Guardians, hiding in New Haven, right under the Angels noses. However, whilst they are at Wood-claw the Angels announce a new name for themselves, ‘The Guardian Angels’ due to the fact they have captured/brainwashed so many Guardians. This sets Adrian’s group and the rest of the old Guardians on edge, their world is falling apart quicker than anyone anticipated.
Finally they receive word from the Guardian rebels, and Adrian’s group join them in New Haven. However, the rebels don’t know where the Master Controller is, and after weeks of hiding and hijacking surveillance cameras, Adrian’s group are no closer to achieving their goal. Eventually the group are forced to run again, and after narrowly escaping capture (followed by a devastating turn of events leaving Adrian little more than a shell), Adrian decides that he needs some help from their enemies. Adrian approaches an enemy group with a crazy plan, one where he will most certainly die. However, his crazy plan doesn’t go quite the way he expected, and Adrian is forced to make cruel decisions. I was blinking back tears by the end of this book, it was so sad.
This series does not follow the traditional fairytale/hollywood style endings that most YA books adhere to – a unique and loved quality by many fans. Guardian Angels finishes with a realistic ending which is both satisfying and depressing, whilst also teasing the reader with a cliffhanger, which may hopefully be the start of a new series. I was a little shocked at the cliffhanger, I didn’t see that one coming at all.
I really like the author’s writing style and again I spotted no errors throughout the series. Locations, characters, everything was described perfectly and my imagination had no problem recreating Adrian’s world. The author’s prowess shines through by creating a believable teenager point of view, the young characters behave exactly as you would expect them to. The overall storyline is addictive, I was hooked right from the start and eager to move on to each new book in the series. I had one little niggle in a previous book but I said I would reserve judgment until the end of the series, turns out that my niggle wasn’t a niggle at all, everything fitted together perfectly.
I think it’s important to highlight that the author hasn’t just written a typical series featuring good guys vs bad guys. This series is far more complex, mature and realistic. Adrian and Adrian’s biological sister Cat, for example, take two different and opposing paths due to blind luck and chance, but they could have easily taken each others paths. I’ve mentioned previously that the author doesn’t write about right and wrong, but instead writes about the grey area between. Even though we see little of Cat in the series, the reasons behind her decisions and choices are no less difficult or agreeable than Adrian’s. In this way the Psionic Pentalogy delves deep into your conscience, you end up questioning what you would do and why, and of course, the answers aren’t easy and there’s bound to be disagreement.
Just a heads up to new readers…
The Psionic Pentalogy, in my opinion, is more suited to older teens and adults. There are some darker and disturbing topics throughout this series which may unsettle younger readers. If you think you can handle the darker side of this story, then do not give this series a miss, go and give Wild-Born a try! And if I haven’t convinced you, you can check out my other blogs for this series…
Wild-Born click here.
The Tower click here.
Lesser Gods click here.
The Quest click here.
5 out of 5 stars for this book and the whole series combined. My emotions are a little battered and bruised but I loved the Psionic Pentalogy. My thanks – along with many others – to the author, for writing this series (and for letting me read it -CL).
From The Current Reviews:
The Good:‘Certainly one of the best series I have read in a long time the only thing I can complain about is that it has finished.’, ‘Book five nicely rounds up all the loose ends and is a really satisfying end to the series’, ‘Every book has managed to be different and not repetitive making this series an excellent read’, ‘I have to agree with ‘Adrian Howell’ that it wouldn’t have been the great series it is if it conformed to the norm’, ‘I became caught up in the characters and the story arc was satisfyingly complex, gratifying and realistic (the life part, not the psionic part- but who’s to say it can’t be real…stranger things have happened…)’, ‘Gripping storylines, great characters and a rollercoaster of emotions. More please!!’, ‘entertaining and exciting’, ‘an amazing roller coaster of emotion.’, ‘ I liked the realism and how it wasn’t like a fairy tale where all the good guys survive’, ‘well written and the narrative flows smoothly, the story keeps its suspense to the end’, ‘Darkness, violence, and even death abound, and not everyone gets their happy ending. It’ll be a tough read for the youngest crowd.’, ‘This is the very strong ending of a very strong story’, ‘I cried twice during this series, that’s how real the characters are, the world building was no less impressive.’, ‘This book is better than the hunger games. If only I could give it more stars.’, ‘fast pace, complex, very believable and carefully woven storyline, interesting characters, and deep dive into the world of psionics make this story an entertaining and enjoyable read.’, ‘fascinating series.’, ‘the author doesn’t fail to surprise’, ‘I had to read through the series quickly because I fell in love and had to know how it ended but wanted it never end at the same time!!’, ‘I held my breath so frequently; I’m actually surprised I didn’t pass out! Remarkably (and a little unbelievably), the conclusion to the Psionic Pentalogy is as solid as it is satisfying.‘, ‘If you want non stop action, this is the series for you.‘, ‘Sympathy,rage,distrust,agreement,all these feelings and emotions went through me while reading this book’.
The Bad: ‘The series was all great until the ending to this book ruined the whole series‘. (Ah yes the ending was realistic, sweet and cruel, but hey that’s life. C.L.)
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘i fell asleep’ (I’m not even sure this counts as ugly, this reviewer clearly needs more sleep time. -C.L.)
The Unicorns: ‘I’m actually gutted this series has ended!! Best book I’m read this year, & quiet possibly EVER!! I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a series to read!!’, ‘I have read this series from start to finish – I normally take a break and read other books in between when I embark on a series but I just couldn’t put it down’, ‘I absolutely loved this story and it kept me engaged to the very end, beautifully written, tough in parts, however engaging throughout, I would definitely look for more from this author.‘, ‘The author has mastered mixing an intense, engrossing plot with tight pacing and edge-of-your-seat excitement, creating an unforgettable finale.’, ‘this series deserves promotion, this Author deserves recognition‘.
This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
UK Amazon Kindle Rating: (4.9 Stars)
Goodreads Rating: (4.45 stars)
Release date: 16th December 2013
Age Range: 13+
Contains: Descriptions of violence and death, involving both adults and children.
Genre(s): Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Science-Fiction/ YA
About The Book:
Adrian Howell carries a dark secret: one that could save the world from psionic domination. But this secret must be kept even from his allies. As the Angels make their final push to end their 700-year war with the Guardians and set their sights on the rest of humanity, Adrian’s small band of freedom fighters must find its way through a maze of betrayal and deceit, and somehow restore the balance of power before it is too late. And yet, as the war approaches its tipping point, the greatest battle Adrian faces now is not one that is fought with psionics, but deep within the confines of his own scarred heart. For even in the unlikely event that he succeeds in his mission, the price of victory might not only be his life, but his very soul…
Guardian Angel is the fifth and final book of Adrian Howell’s Psionic Pentalogy: a supernatural adventure series with psychic children, teens and adults, telekinesis, telepathy, and many twists and turns in a harsh urban fantasy world.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
(Recommended for readers 13 to 3013.)
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Read all five books of Adrian Howell’s Psionic Pentalogy in order:
Book One: Wild-born
Book Two: The Tower
Book Three: Lesser Gods
Book Four: The Quest
Book Five: Guardian Angel
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.