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Product Details

  • Series: Children of the Desert
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Mercury Retrograde Press (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936427028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936427024
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the best things about this story is its balance, with evil and good being shown in both cultures...complexity, intriguing story...I heartily recommend Guardians of the Desert." -Colleen Cahill --sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=11526

"Guardians of the Desert keeps the superb writing style of the author's debut and has in Alyea a powerful character one likes and roots for..." --Liviu Suicu --fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2011/04/guardians-of-desert-by-leona-wisoker.html

"Overall I loved Guardians of the Desert and found it an engaging read. It was a great read, lovely plot..." --Cindy Hannikman --fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2011/04/guardians-of-desert-by-leona-wisoker.html

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Lord Alyea of Peysimun grows into her strength.
Deiq of Stass confronts his greatest weakness.
Lord Eredion of Sessin tries to live with his compromises.

Meanwhile, someone plots a brutal retaliation. . . .

Not long ago, Alyea Peysimun was a shallow young noblewoman maneuvering for personal power. Her first attempt at politics proved far more dangerous than she dreamed possible, and nearly ended her life. Now she is a desert lord, one of the powerful, little-understood southern elite. But power changes everything--including who to call friend and enemy.

Deiq of Stass has long hidden his dual heritage by passing himself off as a mysterious quasi-noble. He has a facility for lying and a strange sense of ethics; but he'll honor his promise to guide Alyea into her new life. To uphold that commitment, he must navigate more obstacles than even he could imagine--not least those within himself.

Eredion Sessin is the only desert lord who stayed in Bright Bay during King Ninnic's reign. He endured the worst of the insane king's excesses and helped to remove Ninnic from the throne; his guilt over the people he couldn't save is almost as deep as his self-loathing. He has come to hate all the ha'reye represent. And yet something deeper than loyalty binds him to Deiq, who he knows better than to trust.

As the truth of the ancient, mysterious ha'reye begins to emerge and those who oppose their ways marshal new strategies, the repercussions of Scratha's desperate gambit threaten to destroy a precarious balance that has held since the Split. And this time, there's no turning back.

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As the second book in a series it is obvious the author has further explored the depth of her new world. The politics, characters and interactions of the characters are more detailed and interesting. I think Ms. Wisoker is developing into a wonderful fantasy writer. I had trouble putting this book down.
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By Arielle on May 20, 2011
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I've been anxiously waiting for this book ever since I finished Secrets of the Sands, and I have not been disappointed! In fact, I fell asleep with my kindle in my hand for several nights in a row because I just could not stop reading!
The world and characters are so detailed and believable and the story SO engaging... It's been years since I've been so immersed in a book!
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By John Adcox on April 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
f you've read this blog for a while, you might remember that about a year ago, I reviewed Leona Wisoker's Secrets of the Sands. The same disclosures apply: the author is a friend of mine, and I have a soft spot for quality small presses that take a risk on innovative new writing. Finally, Guardians of the Desert if a sequel to Leona's earlier book, so you'll want to read Secrets of the Sands first. Okay, that's out of the way. Back to your regularly scheduled review.

What I liked about Secrets of the Sands was that, in the increasingly crowded fantasy bookshelves, Secrets of the Sands actually felt fresh and original. Leona created a desert society that was harsh, vivid, and believable--without reminding me of, say, Dune or The 1001 Arabian Nights. More, her characters were vivid and memorable. I was eager to turn the page to see what happened to them, sure. But I was more intrigued to see how the events would shape and change them, and the budding relationships growing between them.

The sequel, Guardians of the Desert, actually expands on the earlier book's strengths--the world is deeper and more complex and the characters have grown. Leona's sense of pace hasn't dulled, and the mental pictures conjured by her spare but elegant prose and much more vivid. Her subtle, wicked wit is still apparent--and still luring to catch the reader unaware.

Guardians of the Desert picks up almost right where the last book ended--and Leona is clever enough to refresh the memory subtly without a cumbersome "what has gone before" recap--a skill I envy. While the first book was focused on three lead characters, the sequel focuses almost exclusively on one: Alyea, the new-made Desert Lord.
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More About the Author

Leona Wisoker writes science-fantasy, edits, teaches, blogs, and occasionally reviews books, music, and food items. Her work is fueled equally by coffee and conviction. She often chooses reading material alphabetically rather than by subject or author, which has led her to read about aardvarks, birds, child-warriors, dragons, eggs, faeries, ghosts, horses, and many other
random subjects.

Leona's debut series, The Children of the Desert, is set in a world which has known neither King Arthur nor Christianity; a world still struggling through a number of basic moral and developmental issues. The beliefs and strengths of each character are tested to the limit in the course of multiple intersecting story arcs. And, of course, there's a mysterious ancient race in the background that could destroy all life on earth if they get sufficiently annoyed. Anything less would just be boring.

The final result leaves room not only for serious questions but for moments of laughter, and inevitably involves coffee.

Leona Wisoker's short stories have appeared in Futures: Fire to Fly, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Galactic Creatures, Sha'Da: Pawns, and more. She has lived in Florida, Connecticut, Oregon, New Hampshire, Las Vegas, Alaska, California, and Virginia; has experienced the alternate realities of Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, New York, Long Island, and Italy; and believes that "home is wherever my coffee cup is filled."

She lives in Virginia with an extraordinarily patient husband and two large dogs.