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  • The Guardian of the Palace

  • Book 1 of The Guardian League
  • By: Steven J. Morris
  • Narrated by: Jillian Yetter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The Guardian of the Palace

By: Steven J. Morris
Narrated by: Jillian Yetter
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Summary

Everyone knows magic isn’t real. Alien invaders? Ha! Yet, unless one skeptic changes her mind, Earth and her life will meet a swift end.

Disillusioned with her military career, Red Hernandez crawled back to civilian life as a second tier security lead for an engineering marvel meant to cram more people into the tiny island of Manhattan. She expected her biggest struggles to be integrating back into a society where social media and closet space reigned supreme. But when mysterious forces destroy a building similar to the one she’s chartered to protect, in an implosive blast never before seen, all notions of a cushy retirement job go up in smoke.

With lives on the line, but big money pushing to continue construction, Red finds the steely determination that she believed lost in the desert of her past. She unravels the mystery of the destructive tech, discovering it to be not just alien, but magical, and re-evaluates everything she believed to be true.

Can one woman stop magic-wielding invaders from destroying the world, or will disbelief be her undoing?

©2021 Steven J Morris (P)2021 Steven J Morris

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Entertaining and Exciting

I really enjoyed this. It's a good sci-fi fantasy with humour and adventure.

I liked the flashback scenes and the way the story unfolded. It was a gripping adventure.

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An absorbing fantasy adventure

An absorbing fantasy adventure blending the mundane world we know with fantastical space travelling characters and world anihilating monsters.

Red is a wonderful character, no longer working for special forces, she is now a security guard for a tall skyscraper which is similar to one that has been just destroyed. She is a strong female character storming through a male orientated world, garnering respect wherever she goes. Which is fortunate as her skills are about to be used to save the world.

The supporting characters, Red's friends Bear and Scan, are as well developed as the elf, troll and the goblin, who are the guardians. Morris has created a complex world where magic is known and accepted, and a strong cast of characters all of whom you'll find yourselves rooting for. They certainly grow on you as the book progresses.

I listened to the audiobook version, and it does make it a little difficult following the timeline, which jumps around a bit, as we go back forth between the event and what preceded it, but Jillian Yetter does an amazing job narrating, and the story is so well written that once it gets going you are hooked.

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  • 14-10-22
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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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Entertaining Urban Fantasy Story

I received a copy of this audiobook for an honest review.
It took me a little while to get into the story as the characters developed. I wasn't sure quite what to expect at first. The main character, Red, and others are believable. There were good details that drew me into the story. The author wrote military characters and dialogue, both human and fantasy, that were believable. I liked the authors explanation of how magic worked, and liked the human IT guy whose tech seemed magical to the elf, dwarf, and troll. Characters are well-layered and not flat stereotypes some stories seem to fall back on. The narrator worked well for most of the characters, but I had some trouble when the troll spoke because the pitch seemed a little high. The narrator did a great gravely-voiced troll otherwise.
The story had some nice, snarky dialogue, and I found myself laughing at some of the snappy comebacks and friendly banter. I enjoyed listening, and look forward to the next book in the series.