Sentinals Rising

Book Two of the Epic Fantasy Sentinal Series

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
486 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2022
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Sentinals Rising by Helen Garraway is the high fantasy sequel in the Epic Fantasy Sentinal Series, preceded by book one, Sentinals Awaken. This installment continues to follow its protagonist, Jerrol Haven of Remargaren, as he identifies an engraving of a Sentinal Tree that happens to be a catalyst for a prophetic vision, one which puts him firmly in the role of Lady’s Captain. Three thousand years prior, the Ascendants fought to enslave Remargaren, and are determined to do so once more by employing the mind-control magic of Mentiserium, piercing the protective veil, and seizing control to topple those who have long fiercely secured it. Jerrol will risk life and limb to shatter the hold of the Mentiserium spell and to save Remargaren once and for all.

There is a moment near the midway point of Sentinals Rising that feels even more prophetic than a vision: “Captain Haven and his guards will ensure our safety.” Yeah. That is the understatement of three millennia. I'm not going to beat around the cauterized fingers too much here and will just come right out and say that Helen Garraway is a wildly gifted writer. There are multiple points of view that define each of the characters we meet and each stands comfortably independent of the other. The action is ripe and the tension is enough to keep a reader furiously turning pages without the usual pitfalls of taking it too far. Even fantasy and magic have their limits when it comes to suspension of disbelief and the mark of a seasoned, skilled author is knowing when to say 'uncle.' The visuals and dialogue are all spectacular and the frailty of good when being pushed by evil is executed well. Overall, this is a book and a series that is likely to be adored by all fortunate enough to read it. Very highly recommended.

Daisy Wood

A Rollercoaster of a Read!!!
Helen Garraway’s amazing saga continues, with her 2nd book in the series, ‘Sentinals Rising’ which begins in the Chapterhouse in Old Vespers. Here, while researching in the archives, Jerrol discovers a sentinal tree engraved on a wall. After touching it, the room collapses around him, and in the darkness that ensues, he has a vision of the Lady Leyandriii and her Old Captain Guerlaire. It is then that he receives the ancient sword from him, proclaiming him the new Lady’s Captain.

From this point on, the story takes Jerrol on his destined journey as the Lady’s Captain, to awaken the other sentinals that lay sleeping in Sentinal trees which are dispersed over the country. As events slowly unfold, you are completely immersed into this world of Remargaran, and in Jerrol’s fight to save the Lady’s world from the ascendants, while still trying to repair the veil she had cast to keep out the evil. We learn that the ascendants are gaining control over the leaders of the Watches, by the use of Mentiserium, a mind spell, and it is in Jerrol’s hands to find a means of breaking that spell to restore the world as it was. It is a rollercoaster of a read, and the end of the book leaves you on a knifes edge, as too many things… including the fate of Jerrol’s trusted sentinel Birlerion, come into question.

Helen Garraway’s descriptive futuristic fantasy world of the 4100's was a joy to read, I was immersed from the very first page. Her unique writing allows you to see, smell, feel and experience all that these people endure as they face the dangers they encounter. It is a beautiful story of faith, loyalty, and endurance. A must read, and I highly recommend it.