Meet the Guardians: Iris

We’re 1 day away from the release of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, which (as the name suggests) centers around a generation of eight time travelers employed by the US government. The Guardians travel through our history and tweak the past to improve the present. Enhancement, not alteration . . . or so they say . . . .

I hired an amazing artist named Liv to sketch pictures of the Guardians, and I’ll be posting one a day, each day before the launch! Be sure to check back each day for a chance to win an autographed hardcover of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Meet Iris, our lovely protagonist.


Code Name: Iris.

Real name: Amanda Obermann.

Age: 16

Position: Junior Guardian

Strengths: Willingness to sacrifice her own interests for the greater good, ability to keep a level head in stressful situations.

Weaknesses: Tendency to jump to conclusions, reluctance to ask for help when she needs it.

Quote from THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN: I gasp as a man dressed from head to toe in black jumps in front of me. His left hand grabs the collar of my shirt, and his right hand presses the tip of a knife blade up to my chin.

“Gotcha,” he says.

I don’t make eye contact. You never make eye contact. I stare into his sternum and look at his hand position. Then I lean back before he has a chance to react. My left hand grabs his right wrist, and I loop my elbow through his, forcing him to swing the knife down. I step back with my left foot, pivot, and grab the knife out of his hand.

That took all of about two seconds.

“Sorry, what were you saying?” I ask.

And those are the Guardians! Hope you enjoyed meeting them as much as I enjoyed sharing them! Make sure to check back tomorrow—Release Day (aaaahhh!!)—to see who wins the signed book and gift card! 

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10 Responses

  1. I’ve LOVED seeing all of these illustrations on Instagram all week. They are gorgeous!!! I’m even more excited to read your debut! 😀

  2. She sounds AWESOME. I can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  3. Lori M. Lee says:

    Sorry that was me up there, accidentally posted under the OneFourKidLit login lol.

  4. Cindy Gress says:

    Can’t wait to get this book and read it!

  5. jen7waters says:

    Hey Meredith! Congrats on the release! Plus, Iris is beautiful *o*
    Is this contest international, or US only? Hopefully it’s international because I just entered. I’m sorry if it’s not! And thank you for the chance either way. 🙂

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