Book 2 of the Children of the Desert series.
In this sequel to Wisoker's acclaimed debut Secrets of the Sands, the new desert lord Alyea Peysimun returns to Bright Bay in the company of ancient, mysterious Deiq, who has agreed to serve as her mentor, and the young ha'ra'ha Idisio, whose powers and history are only beginning to emerge. Alyea's changed status will upset a precarious balance in Bright Bay—but that is nothing compared to the hidden havoc her transition is already creating in the desert.
"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
From the Back Cover
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.
Wisoker (Secrets of the Sands) returns to the politically charged world of the displaced noblewoman Alyea Peysimun, the sarcastic and enigmatic Deiq, and the self-loathing but honorable desert lord Eredion Sessin. As the tale slowly opens, Alyea has become Lord Alyea through stubbornness, tears, and the loss of her child during the blood trials. Assisted by the near-immortal Deiq, northern born Alyea must navigate the treacherous and bureaucratically constraining politics and culture of the isolated desert nobles, while learning more about her newfound mystical relationship with the ancient ha reye race. Eredion, on the other hand, must bring Southern values to the theologically and politically antagonistic royal court of the North. Meanwhile the history and goals of the alien ha reye come to light, and threaten the precarious balance between the Southern and Northern nobility. The story is driven primarily by its relationships, therefore Wisoker s second novel requires a reading of the first. The writing is tighter this time around with short chapters that keep the story from slowing in the heavy exposition and dialogue. A sequel that s better than its lead though still not quite noteworthy, highlights the potential of a new author of courtly fantasy.