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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Human nature in its best and worst states are plots on their own when the identity of a super-woman who has devoted 800 years of her life to saving them is made public in Guardian: Into the Light of Day by J.L. Meredith. The heroine in question is the titular character, Guardian, aka Elizabeth, who centuries ago suppressed the full breadth of her power capabilities to remain on Earth, secretly traversing the planet in supersonic flight mode to stop catastrophes and returning home minutes later to attend to the sick as a doctor. Secrecy is not an option anymore when Guardian is captured flying on a phone video that goes viral and being thrust onto the global stage is worse than she ever imagined. Her missions continue but interacting as a normal human is obliterated and dating, which is never easy, to begin with, gets stickier for Guardian. This is compounded by human and non-human baddies wanting to maim/kill/steal Guardian, her power, and the ones she loves.
Guardian/Elizabeth is a perfect superhero incantation, or, 'metahuman', for a new generation of classic fans. Meredith gifts us with a book and not a comic but the handful of sketches between some of the pages are helpful in fleshing out the main cast. Guardian's backstory is left largely to hazy glimpses and some quippish lines of dialogue that one would hope are being left for a prequel in another novel. We owe Meredith a debt of gratitude for not bogging the story down with history, and making the book unbearably slow and double the size. Superhero readers come for the action and Meredith knows and respects this. I'd appreciate it if we could all stop pretending that capes aren't important because, my God, they 100% are. Guardian: Into the Light of Day by J.L. Meredith is very highly recommended.