Book Review: The Eighth Guardian (Annum Guard #1) by Meredith McCardle

Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.

It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.

But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.

Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?


This book is easily 5 stars because of how much fun it was for me to read. Is it perfect? No. I found plenty of flaws and minor errors but it is so easy for me to look past that. Meredith McCardle is now on my must watch list with this novel.

I’m a nerd and I love history. I do not, however, love historical fiction with few exceptions (ie: Code Name Verity). I really consider this historical fiction. The events presented are real events with the tweaks necessary to make it fictional without detracting from those real events. You get to learn history and have fun with this sci-fi book at the same time! McCardle notes the changes she makes at the end but it is very obvious she did her research and incorporated it well.

Iris is a great MC because she is not without her flaws. When I read a book with an MC who knows what to do in every situation I get mad because that’s simply not possible. Iris is presented with this weird future that she was not raised to see coming. So, when the mention of time travel comes up she immediately laughs it off because that’s what a real person would do, no matter how trained that person is. She’s also somewhat selfish, but not so much so that she is unbearable, and that really helped me connect with her. She’s 16 years old, of course she should be somewhat selfish in life and death situations or being taken away from her boyfriend. One of the best main characters I have read in a long time.

The supporting characters were done pretty well but I wish we got to know more of them then we did. Yellow is the only one we get a deeper look at as well as Indigo but I really want to know about all the others, Zeta included.

The romance was quite minimal which I loved. I enjoyed Abe but I love that the story was not focused on them. Rather, it was focused on Iris’s situation and conflicts with some references to their relationship. It’s just done so well and I love a book that doesn’t rely on the romance. More importantly, I love that there is no flipping love triangle!!! THANK YOU!

Overall, a fun story about time travel and history which I found very hard to put down. I am super excited for the sequel!