Sentinel: Book One of The Sentinel Trilogy - Joshua Winning

5+++ Stars!

“What is a Sentinel? A guard. A killer. A detective.’
You see them every day, but you would have no idea who they really are or the power they hold. They are the world’s best kept-secret – and now the world needs them more than ever.
Mobilised against the devastating return of centuries-old dark forces, the Sentinels face their greatest challenge and a threat to their ancient existence. And when 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow’s parents are killed in a suspicious train crash, the teenager is a drawn into a world where nothing is quite what it seems.
Against the backdrop of a summer snowstorm, Nicholas and hardy pensioner Sam Wilkins embark on a treacherous journey in which their pursuers are never far behind.
A young adult dark fantasy set in Cambridge, Sentinel is the first book in the thrilling Sentinel Trilogy. Filled with action, mystery, monsters and murder, it takes the reader on a terrifying adventure with unconventional heroes and a touch of magic.

Joshua Winning was born in Cambridge, but don't hold that against him. He's attempted to escape reality for most of his life by writing. As a child, that involved poring diligently over anything by C.S. Lewis or Robin Jarvis.​ When he's not writing about Sentinels, Joshua can usually be found watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Wire and Daria. He also works as a freelance journalist, writing about movies for Total Film, Grolsch Film Works and movieScope.​ Joshua currently lives in North London with his cat Mia. Unfortunately, she's not a great conversationalist, but he's working on it. 

This book is creeee-py! I loved it, absolutely loved it! The author hooks you right from the very beginning.
I have always loved thrillers - movies, TV, books - whatever. Being a huge fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Ted Dekker etc - It takes a lot to give me goosebumps or chills. This book gave me goosebumps on top of my chills! Even with all its scary, creepiness it was a fun and gripping story that I could not put down!
I don't know why but it almost had a Gothic feel to it that I really liked! And talk about suspense.. the suspense in this story is incredible. There were times when I sat there reading with my hand over my mouth just waiting for something to happen (with chills on my goosebumps of course LOL).

There were a lot of great characters in here, all done very well. But my favorite was Isabel the cat! Ha! You'll have to read it to find out why.

Besides great character development, the other thing I look for in a book is the visualization, can I picture it, does it feel like I am there? Score! This story had great visuals. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head. The descriptions are so good that even at the creepiest and strangest parts, I had no trouble understanding and picturing everything.
At the end of the book I read that the author studied film and writes for Total Film, Grolsch Film Works, and movieScope. - Well no wonder the book felt like I was watching a movie!!!
"What is a Sentinel?" she asked, as if reading his mind. "A Sentinel is a guard. A detective. A killer. There are Sentinels stationed all over the world, watching for dark creatures that inhabit the night. It is a Sentinel's duty to destroy those creatures, to protect the weak and the vulnerable. The world you come from knows nothing of the Sentinels and their cause. It is perhaps a thankless existence, but their duties must be carried out nonetheless."

"Typical. Here they were, trudging out into the wilds of the countryside, frozen stiff and possibly being stalked by some bloodthirsty fiend, and he didn't even have his phone." ~ Yeah, I hate when that happens!
Well I will be definitely be looking for the rest of this series! If you love a good thriller or suspense novel - this is definitely one you want to pick up! Very original, easy, quick, and creepy read!
Note to Joshua (author) - Next book please!

A huge thanks to Joshua Winning, the author, for sending me this ebook for my honest review!

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  1. Dang this does sound really good. I'm adding it to my 'to buy' list!

    1. Strike that, I just one-clicked it :-P

    2. Great! You won't regret it! Its awesome!

  2. Great review! Love the cover...awesome. I would probably like this book.

  3. How the heck did I miss this review? I love it! You sure have me sold on getting this book.

    I finished Shadows in the Curtain a couple of days ago and gave me the creeps. It reminded me how much I like to read scary books but it has been hard to find out that'll give me the chills.

    I am highly looking forward to The Sentinel now. Thanks for sharing, Wendy!!!

    1. Yes Vonnie! I don't know why I didn't think of you. The book is right up your alley! It is very well done, you'd love it!

    2. Now I know what book to buy with my B&N gift card :D