- 出版社: Nordland Publishing (2015年7月27日)
- 平装: 274页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 8283310070
- 条形码: 9788283310078
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
- 商品重量: 349 g
- ASIN: 8283310070
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Blood in the Sand (英语) 平装 – 2015年7月27日
"I am just a crazy man in the desert hearing voices. Isn't that how religions start?"
What happens when the world of academia intersects with the occult?
The most powerful witch in England is hell bent on becoming a god, and Philip Entwhistle has made the worst decision of his scholastic career: he plans to stop her. He has no idea what he is up against, and soon discovers he might lose more than just a promotion. A tale of love, revenge and magic propels Philip from his hum-drum life at the university to the Sahara as he unearths a mystery that lay hidden for a century. For Philip Entwhistle, academia has never been so cutthroat.
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Philip Entwhistle, PhD., is in over his head. The cutthroat competition for an academic position has taken a new twist. He is literally up against a witch, Elizabeth Sandwell. In his efforts to get better placed, he is a writing biography on Sir James Franics. Sir James went missing on a trek through the North African desert. Yet something belonging to Sir James made it back to England. Something that could answer key questions.
Yet who would believe the truths Philip is about to uncover. Sir James found himself involved with a djinn form Arabian mythology. Now the djinn is in England, and it needs Philip’s help. Otherwise, Elizabeth Sandwell will sacrifice it to gain power.
M. J. Kobernus has written an Urban Fantasy set in the cutthroat world of academia. The protagonist is a candidate for a professorship in history in an English University. Set against him is a witch who is also a candidate for this one spot. However, Elizabeth Sandwell is playing of a bigger prize than a professorship. She wants the power to become a goddess. Philip Entwhistle’s research into the disappearance of Sir James Francis could lead Dr. Sandwell to what she needs. The character’s in the book are compelling, though it doesn’t quite make its way to a page turner. The author used an old technique of starting the book at the final crisis, then going back in time. I have rarely found this to be an effective way to start a story, and it detracts from an otherwise good story. That said, fans of urban fantasy will find the book enjoyable.
Phillip Entwhistle is not the stuff of legends. He's a humble history professor who suddenly finds himself locked in a battle for a higher position at the college with rival professor Elizabeth Sandwell. What could possibly be so interesting about all that? Well, for starters, Sandwell is dangerous witch with absolutely no compunction for using her powers to get exactly what she wants. Not only will she hack his research, steal his ideas and have him beaten up skinheads, but outright killing him with magic is not off the menu.
Entshistle spends the majority of his time researching various historical figures and his present obsession happens to Sir James Francis, whom loosely seems to be based on the British adventurer Sir Francis Burton. The plot is fast paced as he quickly picks up the trail with Francis' descendant, an old man with little time left who has a dark and wondrous deal for him. And thus begins a rousing adventure.
Between a secret journal, a pact with an ancient elemental spirit and a fight to the death his rival professor, Entwhistle has more than his hands full. A romance blooms with a young witch trying to protect him and the stage is set for what I hope to be a long series of adventures. If you like history, the occult and a good deal of adventure, I think you'll greatly enjoy this book. Kobernus has managed to create a wonderful world of dark secrets and even darker ones in this intriguing novel.
MJ Kobernus displays his writing chops through the use of alternating points of view, effective foreshadowing, vivid imagery, appropriate characterization and his apparent knowledge of anthropology, history, and mythology.
The prologue begins on an intense note and although the first couple of chapters are slower to develop, the plot thickens and soon enough leads into a series of miniature cliffhangers. The stimulus-response plot structure continues with limited durations of internalization for the characters involved in conflict which leads to a sense of urgency for the characters and the reader. The story is especially enticing if the reader has an interest in esoterism or mythology.
The names of the characters suited them well. Fern was a clever, fitting name for the wiccan love interest.
I absolutely love how the table of contents forms a poem and it even seems that each line of the poem corresponds to its respective chapter. Interesting concept!
I just received the sequel, "The Guardian Volume II: Blood in the Snow." I look forward to delving into it as well.
MJ allows the reader to get right into the world created, and I am looking forward to the next in the series.