Author: Nikolas Lee
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Two hundred years have passed since the lands of the Outerworld humans were destroyed, save but a handful of rebellious cities. In their ruin, the last gods of Earth, the Illyrians, rose victorious. And ever since, it's with a cruel iron fist they've ruled over their subjects--desperate to keep their thrones. Fast approaching his teens, Ionikus Reaves knows the gods' malevolence all too well, orphaned by them after their call for a military draft on Eldanar, his home island. But when a power once dormant in Ion boils to the surface, he's whisked off to a hidden world of the island, where he comes face-to-face with the mighty Illyrians. For Ion is a Guardian--a reincarnated god bound to serve and protect the pantheon he's so quickly learned to hate. Now torn between his obligations as a Guardian and his hatred of the gods he's to guard, Ion finds himself in the middle of a war within himself. A war that could uncover a dark secret of the gods'...and split the pantheon in two.
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. I had a hard time at first because the reader is just kind of thrown into this world not really knowing how it works and I found myself slightly confused at times and having to go back and re-read parts. Otherwise this was an exciting read for middle grade and higher readers who love mythological stories. I loved that this story stemmed from the gods, but was completely original with characters. The author did a great job in creating characters with such personalities. I liked each and every one of them, even the bad guys and I look forward to learning more about them in the books to come. I liked the cliffhanger ending, but I did have a feeling that it was going to happen but now I need to know more about it. This was a great read for all ages with good underlying messages. The Iron-Jawed Boy was a fun and entertaining read that I need more of. I would recommend this to mythological lovers.
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