The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne, Bk. 1). Feb. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780765395955. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395948. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarHeloise lives with her parents, following the Writ of the Emperor who drove the demons from their lands.The Order exists to ensure the peace, by hunting for wizards and those who may shelter them. After witnessing the slaughter of a neighboring village by the Order, Heloise stands opposed to the cruelty, bringing the Order down upon her family and village. Neighbors and friends are torn between protecting their own or following their faith. Heloise must discover for herself whether wizards are as dangerous as she has been told they are, or if the true danger lies in submitting to oppression. Terrific action moves the story quickly, as Heloise makes her own choices in a difficult situation.
VERDICT This launch of Cole's ("Shadow Ops" trilogy) series is a coming-of-age tale filled with questions of faith, family, and love. Readers will have a hard time putting this one down.

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