Last Guardian of Everness


Any of my readers interested in my earlier work, allow me to invite you to look at my earliest.

This is my first novel written, albeit not the first published (2005). Here is the cover art by Justin Sweet, untrammeled by the title and author’s name. I wanted to show it off because I think it is a remarkable work:


Publisher’s Description

Young Galen Waylock is the last watchman of the dream-gate beyond which ancient evils wait, hungry for the human world. For a thousand years, Galen’s family stood guard, scorned by a world which dismissed the danger as myth. Now, the minions of Darkness stir in the deep, and the long, long watch is over. Galen’s patient loyalty seems vindicated.

That loyalty is misplaced. The so-called Power of Light is hostile to modern ideas of human dignity and liberty. No matter who wins the final war between darkness and light, mankind is doomed either to a benevolent dictatorship or a malevolent one. And so Galen makes a third choice: the sleeping Champions of Light are left to sleep. Galen and his companions take the forbidden fairy-weapons themselves. Treason, murder, and disaster follow. The mortals must face the rising Darkness alone.

Editorial Reviews


The Last Guardian of Everness is a sublime cocktail of Jungian satire, incantatory Vancean language, and screwball semi-divine comedy; witty, cantankerous, and awesomely eloquent, John C. Wright amazes in fantasy as much as he has done in SF.”

“Already regarded as one of the best science fiction writers of the last decade for his stirring Golden Age trilogy, John C. Wright proves he has the right stuff to write exciting modern day epic fantasy with the terrific The Last Guardian of Everness.”-Midwest Book Review

The Last Guardian Of Everness is the first part of the War of the Dreaming trilogy and looks to be a wonderful epic fantasy. Unlike other epic fantasies, Wright blends the very real world of today with his rich dream world, the two meeting in the myths of central Europe. The background of the dream world unfolds intriguingly, with a wealth of characters and settings. For fans of fantasy who enjoy a rich and textured story that unfolds in twists and turns, The Last Guardian Of Everness will be a wonderful read.”

My Comment: Back in those days, the editorial reviews were much more favorable than the reader’s comments in places like Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. Nowadays the proportion of favorable to unfavorable reviews is about the same, but the players are reversed: I write books the elicit high praise from many readers, and only scoffing reviews, or snide, or none, from the official outlets of the establishment.
(A similar disjoint seems to follow the movie review on Rotten Tomatoes: whatever professional critics like, viewer’s don’t, and what viewers do,  pros don’t.)