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It’s difficult to explain the plot without giving too many spoilers away. But here’s my word of advice: Just read it.” ★★★★
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Guardian Children’s Books

Joshua Winning could well be on to a winner with this unsettling but entertaining icebreaker; hopefully Nicholas and this trilogy will mature nicely together.” ★★★★
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SciFiNow Magazine

Don’t think you’ve read this before in the Harry Potter books though, Sentinel sets a darker, grittier tone. The action is fast and violent, the monsters, including a seductive vampiress, are memorable.” ★★★★
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The Sun

“If you enjoy danger, demons and more secrets than you can shake a big stick at, then Sentinel is the book for you. I wish there had been more books like this around when I was a teen. I would have devoured them all.
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The Eloquent Review

Written poetically, with carefully-drawn characters, this is an extremely promising YA debut by a young author.” ★★★★
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Kate Whiting, Press Association

“Winning’s eminently readable style, coupled with some strong characters and a pace that nicely rounds out the book make this a cut above the vast majority of the young-adult fiction market that tries the same approach.” ★★★★
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HorrorTalk

One for fans of Terry Pratchett, Edgar Allan Poe and Tolkien. Joshua Winning’s Sentinel has everything fantasy readers could want: action, mystery, gore, magic and an orphan with wacky relatives.
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Culture Fly

“Adventure, twists, demons and mystery abound in this spellbinding tale of a hidden earthly underworld. Fantastic world building and colorful prose make for a magical journey to an ancient war between the hellish demons and their allies, and the Sentinels, the protectors of humankind. Winning manages to strike a balance between what feels like historical fiction and a contemporary story of heroism and sacrifice.”
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David Estes, author of The Moon Dwellers

“Sentinel first hooks you with a cadre of compelling and appealing characters, then before you know it, you’re trapped in a nightmare of intangible forces that become more and more threatening, more and more clever, more and more inescapable. You definitely reach a point where you can’t put the book down. The question is, when you do, will you be able to sleep? This well-written first installment is sure to collect a fan base eager for the next volumes. Count me among them.” ★★★★★
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D.A. Metrov, author of Falcon Lord

“There were several things that I liked about Sentinel, written by Joshua Winning. Besides the whole book, that is. The first is that, as a young adult book (YA), it wasn’t centered around a romance. No, there was no boy-meets-girl or girl-meets-vampire, or even teen-meets-alien…” ★★★★★
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A Daily Dose Of R&R

“I’m not a big YA reader, preferring adult characters and an adult voice, but I found myself deeply engaged in and satisfied with reading “Sentinel.” Besides being a good example of YA-adult crossover, I think this book would appeal very much to teen boys who enjoyed the Harry Potter books.” ★★★★★
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Kyra Halland, author of Chosen Of Azara

“This was a quick, easy read that kept me intrigued and entertained. There were some very emotional moments and the ending just made me want more! I very much look forward to the next part of this trilogy.”​ ★★★★
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Sharon Stevenson, author of Blood Bound

“Sentinel is the first part of The Sentinel Trilogy. It promises to be a very entertaining YA series. It’s full of mystery, ancient terrors, a secret society dedicated to protecting the world, and one young man trying to figure out what it all has to do with him.”​ ★★★★
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And Then I Read A Book

“Terrifying! What a monster! This book is just awesome, I love how the characters are so magnetic. I would rate this 5/5 since it captured me and it’s really a very good read.” ★★★★★
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