ICYMI – Vanguard has been my most anticipated book of this year since it was announced. I am an avid fan of the Razorland series and was so excited that Ann came back to the world so many years later. I was NOT disappointed!
Vanguard is very much about Tegan, a character fans will recognize from the original series. She’s living in a world where humans and Uroch are navigating how to co-exist, which felt very real. We saw the war and now we are seeing society repair itself. The tension between the once warring parties still very much exists and it becomes near and dear to Tegan to help correct this in her own way.
Tegan has been through some stuff. Life was not easy before she was added to our rag-tag gang and I appreciate her sense of strength and ability to push through. She has some triggering moments, which are acknowledged. She’s not 100% healed and that is totally ok. We also get a look into the Uroch and their world, which has its own rules, language, and culture.
Ann is a romance writer at heart, something I loved about the original books in the series and something I loved in Vanguard, too. Her writing makes the story un-put-downable!
As a bonus, you get glimpses into how Fade and Deuce are doing. Not unexpected but I loved those parts!
I had the opportunity to listen to this on audio and highly recommend this route. I felt very immersed in the story throughout!
VANGUARD (Razorland #4)
by Ann Aguirre
Published: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Audio from Publisher
The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’s past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.
Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.