Always on Guard by Jay Cantrell

Author's Description:
Jorgarn Elmwood’s only goal was to avoid the life of a priest. He would have settled for becoming a sailor, a soldier or possibly even a thief. So how does he manage to woo and lose a Princess, destroy a would-be empire, raise a new country, avert a civil war and wed a Queen? It’s all his stepmother’s fault.
Size: 1416 KB ( ~ 268,516 words)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Romantic, Heterosexual, Extra Sensory Perception, Violent

Review by manddscott   [other reviews by manddscott]

Reviewed: 2016-05-26

The second son of a Lord escapes being forced into the priesthood by being sent to serve in a neighboring kingdom's armed forces. In the process, he proves he is more than worthy of the role.

For plot, I give this an A+ (9). Intrigue, treachery, love, betrayal, war all comes together to give a story which at times will leave the reader shaking their head. An "army" of only a few hundred, although not large in what we look at today, does correspond with historical armies seen in history.

For technical score, I give this a 10. I think I spotted, on average, 1-2 small errors per chapter.

For personal appeal, it merits an A+ (9). The author does an excellent job of making it all make sense, even though the setting is medieval at best. He makes the characters likeable, and even the ones with major personal flaws are given some possibility of redemption. Not all take it, but that is the nature of man. Enjoy the read. I know I did!

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9

Review by woodwiz   [other reviews by woodwiz]

Reviewed: 2013-02-08

This is another of the books where you wonder why the author is letting us read it for free vs in a book we have to buy. It chronicles the life of Jorgarn Elmwood, a second son who unable to inherit the family estate would likely be sent off to become a priest. A fate he didn't want so he left the country to join the Royal Guard in the neighbouring country of Emertland. This is the start of a saga that covers Jorgarn's career as a guardsman, as a knight, as a royal guardian and advisor, as a fierce leader of warriors, and as a husband and father. Character development for the main characters is fantastic, we come to really understand and care about them. The plot is well thought out and well described. There is love, betrayal, tragedy and redemption. Overall a book you'll have difficulty putting down. Not enough sex to make it at all stroke but a very strong storyline. If you like fiction about the era of knights, swords and royalty, grab it now and enjoy it.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10