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"The Guardian of the Palace: Book 1 of The Guardian League"

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

5 Star Review

Book Editorial Review

by Michael Beas

Author Steven J. Morris weaves an enchanting tale that seamlessly mixes urban fantasy with a touch of skepticism and a dash of humor. Set in a world where magic is believed to be nothing more than a myth, this action-packed first book in The Guardian League series takes readers on a journey through a realm where monsters and magic threaten to shatter the boundaries of reality.

The story follows Red Hernandez, a disillusioned former military officer who finds herself thrust into a world far beyond her imagination. Working as a second-tier security lead for a groundbreaking engineering project in Manhattan, Red's expectations of a quiet civilian life are shattered when a mysterious implosion decimates a skyscraper. As lives hang in the balance and powerful forces vie for control, Red must summon her lost determination and confront her disbelief to become the unlikely guardian standing between humanity and destruction.

Morris's writing captures a fantastical world creeping into the ordinary. With vivid descriptions and a fast-paced narrative, he effortlessly immerses readers in a world where magic lurks in the shadows, waiting to be discovered. Red's journey from skepticism to embracing the unknown is compelling and relatable, making her a riviting protagonist.

One of the standout aspects of this book is the seamless blending of genres. Morris expertly balances the urban setting of Manhattan with elements of fantasy, creating a unique and engaging reading experience. The injections of humor add a delightful layer to the story that captivates, without detracting from the gravity of the situation.

"The Guardian of the Palace" is a masterfully crafted introduction to The Guardian League series. Morris's ability to build suspense and maintain a high level of excitement throughout the book keeps readers eagerly turning pages. The intricate world-building and imaginative plot create a strong foundation for the series, leaving readers hungry for more.

If you're a fan of urban fantasy that pushes the boundaries of reality, "The Guardian of the Palace" is a must-read. Steven J. Morris's inventive storytelling and dynamic characters will leave you craving the next installment in The Guardian League series. Prepare for a monstrous serving of adventure, magic, and a healthy dose of skepticism as you dive into this exhilarating book.

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About the Author

Engineer, husband, and father of three wonderful girls by day. Fantasy fiction writer by night (and other random times he's not taxiing kids, pulling hair out of drains, helping with math and science homework, coaching soccer, remodeling rooms, and walking the dogs).


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