In the Young Adult fantasy novel, The Day of First Sun, Wizard Guards, and best friends, Annie Elizabeth Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky hold the responsibility of protecting and hiding the existence of the magical population from the non-magicals of the world. And sometimes that means fighting down and dirty with the vampire who’s been a source of irritation to Annie for more than a year. Sturtagaard generally makes himself useful to the Wizard Council by betraying black magic wizards, and others of his own kind. But his usefulness may have run its course as the number of his fatal attacks on young women rises.
When Annie and Cham are pulled abruptly from the search for the vampire, to meet with FBI liaison Special Agent Jack Ramsey, they think the crime he wants their help with is a waste of their time. Until they discover the murder of Amborix’s Princess Amelie, famous around the world for all the wrong reasons, is definitely a crime by magic as evidenced in the lingering traces of black magic spells on the corpse.
Now if they could only find the princess’ boyfriend, Jordan Wellington, and ask him what really happened in the hotel room that is now their crime scene. But the playboy wizard is nowhere to be found, although he left his magical signature all over the room.
If this were only a murder it would be bad enough for the strained relations between the tiny nation of Amborix and America. But now the Wizard Guard has to ensure the FBI’s investigation does not uncover any evidence that could lead to the discovery of the magical community hiding in plain sight.
A seemingly insignificant disappearance of an athame the wizard world relegates to myth doesn’t divert Annie and Cham’s attention from their task of locating Jordan, and if possible, running down the duplicitous vamp, Sturtagaard at the same time. However, the discovery of a stolen Orb that passed briefly through the hands of the murdered princess turns the case in a new direction.
As the investigation deepens, their efforts to capture and stake Sturtagaard, while finding the murderer of the princess, begin to overlap in ways Annie and Cham could not have imagined. Their two main cases become so tightly intertwined there can be no doubt they lead to a plot against the Wizard Council.
Their efforts are action-filled as the Wizard Guard scrambles to uncover the identities of the murderer and the person or persons plotting against the Wizard Council, amid battles with those who want to see them fail. Somehow, in the days filled with chasing clues, magically changing memories to protect their community, and forming alliances with persons they will never truly trust, Annie and Cham find time to admit their love for each other.
When the battle is over, Annie has uncovered a secret about her early years that she can only get through with the help of Cham and her friends from the Wizard Guard. She trusts that they have her back, now and in whatever the future brings.
Author Sheryl Steines fills the fight scenes with a bombardment of spells and jinxes as the white magic wizards battle against time to save the world from the black energy saboteur waiting to take advantage of the day of highest energy – The Day of First Sun. Steines employs all the senses in her vivid descriptions of the bookstore and black market, bringing them to life for the reader.
Her self-acknowledged admiration for the writing of J.K. Rowling informs the creation and shaping of her characters and the world she populates with magicals and non-magicals.
If you like a fast-paced fantasy adventure, sprinkled liberally with witches, wizards, and fairies, vampires and giants, spells and derring-do, check out The Day of First Sun.
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About the book: A vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soulless zombies are par for the course for Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard. But when the non-magical princess, Amelie of Amborix, is murdered by magical means, a deeper plot unfolds. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Behind the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Convertible, Sheryl is a constant surprise, using her sense of humor and relatable style make her books something everyone can enjoy. Visit Sheryl on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.