The Sentinel Trilogy by Joshua Winning ~ Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen has a triple whammy of reviews for The Sentinel Trilogy by Joshua Winning, and I’ll be sharing those further down. First though, here’s all you need to know!

About the author:

Joshua Winning Sentinel Shoot 2014
Joshua Winning Sentinel Shoot 2014

Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for Total Film, SFX, Gay Times and Radio Times. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.

In 2014, Sentinel – the first book in Joshua’s Sentinel Trilogy – was published by Peridot Press. The second book, Ruins, followed in 2015. Joshua’s short story Dead Air appeared in Speak My Language: An Anthology Of Gay Fiction and Joshua’s new novel, Killing Rumer, will be published in 2018 by Unbound. He also co-wrote ’80s teen horror Camp Carnage.

Joshua grew up watching Labyrinth and The Neverending Story on repeat, and was raised on a steady diet of Whedon, Cameron and Lucas. His literary heroes include Robin Jarvis, Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. As a journalist, he has interviewed some of the most exciting names in the film industry, including Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, Charlize Theron and Christopher Lee. He dreams of getting Sigourney Weaver to yell “Goddammit!” at him one day.

About the books:

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They are the world’s best-kept secret – an underground society whose eternal cause is to protect the world against the dark creatures and evil forces that inhabit the night.

Now Sentinels are being targeted, murdered and turned as the fury of an ancient evil is unleashed once more.

And when 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow’s parents are killed in a suspicious train crash, the teenager is drawn into a desperate struggle against malevolent powers.

Sentinel is the first book in the Sentinel Trilogy – a world of unconventional heroes, monsters, murder and magic.

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Second instalment of the critically-acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy. In his desperate search for answers about the Sentinels, an ancient society of guardians that his parents once belonged to, fifteen-year-old Nicholas Hallow is tipped into a fresh nightmare of terrifying monsters – and even more sinister humans. As Nicholas is challenged to become a Sentinel, he must track down a mysterious girl with the help of a grumpy cat. Meanwhile, an uprising of evil threatens to destroy the Sentinels and send the world spiralling into chaos.

JW3

‘All who stand against us shall perish’

The critically acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in this final instalment of the dark fantasy series.

The world is falling apart around Nicholas Hallow. Amid rumours that the Dark Prophets have returned, a deathly gloom pollutes England, unleashing a savage hoard of nightmare creatures. Fighting the tide of evil, Nicholas returns home to Cambridge, where an old ally helps him seek out the mysterious Skurkwife, who could help Nicholas stop Malika and the Prophets for good.

Meanwhile, Sam Wilkins unites the Sentinels against the forces of darkness, but with Jessica’s sanity slipping, and Isabel suspicious of her shadowy past, it’s a battle that could cost the Sentinels everything.

Sentinel and Ruins, the first two books in The Sentinel Trilogy, are currently just 99p on Kindle [HYPERLINK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bookseries/B00YSRBVYU/]. Splinter is out now [HYPERLINK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Splinter-Book-Three-Sentinel-Trilogy/dp/1911382853/]

Ellen’s Reviews:

I have always been a fan of YA and fantasy books so The Sentinel Trilogy really appealed to me. The trilogy comproses of Sentinel, Ruins and Splinter and I am covering all of them in this review. So buckle up buttercup you’re in for one hell of a ride!

In Sentinel we are introduced to 15 year old Nicholas Hallow, the book opens with the death of his parents in a train crash but this was no tragic accident. Nicholas discovers that his parent were Sentinels; an underground society whose job is to protect the world from evil forces. They are guards, detectives and killers. On top of dealing with his grief Nicholas must come to terms with the fact that he is also a Sentinel and on his 16th birthday he would have been initiated into the society. Luckily he has help in navigating his new role and other Sentinels step forward to become his guide including Sam and his godmother Jessica. There are different types of Sentinels and it is revealed that Nicholas is a Sensitive, he can sense when evil is near and has visions.This book is a slow burner, we are learning at the same pace as Nicholas so there feels like a lot of new information is being thrown at you but this is appreciated as the new reality is built. We are introduced to a plethora of malevolent and magical creatures including demons, a talking cat and the star of the horror show – Malika. A flame haired demon hell bent on destruction and power. She is total #demongoals and if I had to choose my favourite big bad she would be it! 

Ruins is the second book in the trilogy. Nicholas has come to terms with who he is and what he must do. A war is coming and the Sentinels must gather their forces.  Nicholas discovers that he has been prophesied as being a chosen one but also that he is part of a duo. The Trinity (the ancient good guys) foretold that this duo would save the world from The Dark Prophets. The twist is that no one knows who the other chosen one is and there is a race against time to discover them before the bad guys. Of course Malika is hard at work attempting to raise these prophets with the help of a truly terrifying demon called Tortor. Everyone is in danger and Joshua Winning is not averse to putting your favourite characters in mortal peril. Not everyone will survive!

Splinter is the final book and brings everything to an apocalyptic conclusion. Nicholas has his own Scooby gang comprising of Rae (fire starter), Dawn (fountain of knowledge) and Merlyn (a worldy wise Sentinel).They have all grown in the short time they have known each other and it was great to see their friendship bloom. The trilogy is definitely a coming of age story; friends overcoming adversity, discovering themselves and finding love along the way. There are genuinely terrifying moments in these books and it would make a fantastic graphic novel/TV series. I was so invested in all the characters and was genuinely gutted that their story is complete.  I loved the climax to Splinter, no spoilers but WOW I was not expecting that! So buy the whole trilogy and lose yourself in this world of Murklings, Harvesters, Hunters and all the demons you can imagine!

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