The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by MJ Kobernus – 5 Stars

I recently read The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by Michael Kobernus. A historian researching the life of a semi-famous adventurer and thereby earn an assistant professorship enters an amazing world of djinn, witches, and the living memories of the man he studies. It is imaginative story-telling that leaves you wanting more. Koburnus does a great job weaving believable characters and plot twists into an exciting tale that will keep you hooked until the very end. He also masterfully writes one scene of such strong emotions that it will tug at your heart long after you’ve turned the final page. I for one am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, though this first book is so well-encapsulated that I have no idea where he will be going with the next one.

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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