Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guardian in Magic by Lucas Trent-Guest Post, Excerpt:Pump Up Your Book Tour Stop

About Lucas Trent: Guardian in Magic

“Guardian in Magic” is a fantasy novel located in a world very similar to the one we live in. It tells the story of 16 year old Lucas Trent, an IT student living in Luton, England. His fascination for the supernatural leads him to take a glimpse at the world from an angle only few others look at. An angle that teaches him the true meaning of friendship, loyalty and trust in ways he had never experienced before.

Journeying through a secret community that is hidden in plain sight, he suddenly finds himself forced into living two lives at once, keeping his true identity even from his close family. In a struggle to handle this situation, he gets pulled deeper and deeper into a swamp of conspiracies and coincidences surrounding a young girl and the very truth about magic in the real world…


Simple? Or not so much?
By Richard Blunt

Since I published “Lucas Trent - Guardian in Magic” about eight months ago I wrote quite a number of blog posts about many different topics, like consistency, writing style or magic, but it just now occurred to me that I never actually wrote a post about my book. I am sorry Lucas Trent, let me make it up to you by starting right now.

If you read the excerpt at my “Pump up your book” tour-page, or took a “look inside the book” at Amazon and read through the very first pages, you should know by now what the story is about: Magic. But is this what the book is all about? Well, it wouldn’t be me if it were… There is of course much about magic in there, and if you are looking for a fantasy story full of magic you still make a good choice reading “Guardian in Magic”. But behind the very blunt words of the magic is a story of friendship and loyalty. A story of adventure and danger, battles, great victories and great losses, and a story that is placed so close to reality in most aspects that you could easily forget that it is fantasy at all. (If it weren’t for the magic of course.) And it is one thing more: A story that will with a close to brutal directness show you that things are not as simple as they seem to be, and well, that’s one more thing where “Guardian in Magic” quite directly resembles the real world, because even if things look simple here, you can be almost certain that there will be a catch somewhere.

So… Now some might ask: “Do I really need to dive that deeply into the story to like it?” Well,… No, of course not. I did my very best to make the story easy to read and the feedback I got so far seems to confirm that I succeeded with that. And still, even those who only read the book with “brains switched off” came back to me later on and told me about some “AHA”-effects and deja vous they had while reading it.

OK, now I am again near to the end of a blog post and once again have not told too much about Lucas Trent and his companions. Well, there are a couple more posts coming up on my virtual book tour, so maybe I make it to that point next time. ;-)

Richard Blunt is the author of the fantasy novel, Lucas Trent: Guardian in Magic.
He is currently working on his second book in the Lucas Trent series.
You can visit his website at
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It was a warm and sunny day, quite a bit too warm for a June evening. Two hours before sunset, the sun was already starting to glow red and the light started to fade slowly on this clearing in the middle of Griffin woods, near the city of Luton, England.

The place looked strange, a deserted fireplace in the middle of the clearing though no other signs of camping sites or any kind of population. A little bit like one would imagine a hiding place for a bunch of thieves in the old times… Deep within the woods where no wanderer would ever dare to go, far away from civilization, at least far enough to be alone, protected by the forest from three sides and a mountain on
the fourth, perfect if you needed a place to be alone… And still, right now you would not at all be alone around here…

A group of six teenagers had gathered around a spot near the mountainside.

“Look at that.” the tallest one of them said pointing towards a ring that had been attached to the rock wall of the mountain. He was close to two meters tall, very slim, approximately 17 years of age, wearing small round glasses.

“Yeah, that must be where it happened. Let’s split up and search the place. Perhaps we find something interesting.” another one replied. He was a bit younger than the
first one and not quite as tall. They both looked well educated, but the first one more like an intellectual, this one more like a geek. He didn’t look like a real leader, but the
others followed his direction anyway, just nodding and starting to search.

“What’s that smell? Do you have any idea Professor?” the older of the two girls in the group asked. She seemed to be the oldest of the group, somewhere around 20, about one and a half meters tall, a bit overweight, but still looked sort of nice with her long shiny red hair.

“Not the slightest.” The tall one with the glasses replied without looking up.

“Perhaps it’s residue of the drugs they used.” the leader said, “But let’s concentrate on one thing at a time, shall we?”

The others nodded in reply. After about five minutes of search suddenly the second girl in the group kneeled down, looking closely at something on the ground. She seemed to be the youngest of them, not too tall, slim, looking very attractive with her long darkblonde hair and her big blue eyes. “I think I found something here Lucas, ahm, Guardian I meant to say!” she cried, grabbing a small piece of plastic.

“What is it Airmid?” the leader replied walking over to her.

“It looks like a memory card, but it’s quite dirty.” the girl answered examining the plastic in her hand. The rest of the group gathered around her quickly, everyone looking at the little chip. She handed the item over to the leader, whose name obviously was Lucas, who started flipping it around some times and cleaning it with his fingers.

“It’s an SD memory module.” the one called Professor said without trying to hide his excitement.

“Yeah, you are right.” Lucas nodded, “Perhaps from a digital camera?”

One of the other two guys, also around 16 years of age, average figure, with dark black her, just opened his mouth as a voice from behind yelled: “I believe this belongs to us…” 
The group turned around, a little bit shocked, because no one was actually thinking that they could have company. There, on one side of the clearing, they stood, 10 meters away from the group, just outside the forest line, a young man,
180 centimeters tall, bald head, a knife in each hand. Right next to him a girl, a little bit smaller, clenching her fists. Lucas was to first to regain his voice: “I don’t think so.
But who are you anyway?” He handed the chip to the Professor and took one step forward.

“That doesn’t matter.” the skinhead replied and before anyone could react he had thrown one of his knifes towards the group. The knife missed Lucas by inches hitting the Professors shoulder. Lucas at first didn’t realize this, as he thought that knife was meant for him. He was all the more shocked when he heard the cry of pain from the Professor.

“Darien!” The girl called Airmid cried trying to catch the Professor as he fell to the ground. The other girl jumped towards him as well, no one noticing the chip falling out
of the Professors hand to the ground. The dark haired guy seemed to be the only one of the group to have a clear mind at the time. He was standing there, eyes fixed on the attacker, in a state of deep concentration as it seemed. The attacker had already grabbed another knife preparing to throw it as he pointed both his hands towards the attacker, closed his eyes completely and cried “Ventus!”.

Out of nowhere a strong blast of wind appeared throwing the attacker down on the ground. The girl next to the attacker seemed shocked for a moment. She starred at her comrade not knowing what to think. Then, as she saw the caster faint, falling to his knees, she pulled herself together, and charged towards the group with a loud yell. This time Lucas reacted on the other side. He moved his arms up as if he wanted to shield himself crying “Seperatio!”

One could nearly feel a ripple of energy flowing out of his hands forming a barrier half way between them and the girl. As she hit it she was stopped in the run as if she had
just run into a solid wall. The force of her own movement brought her to the ground.

“Nice shooting, Whirlwind.” Lucas said helping his companion back on his feet.

“You too Guardian.” he replied as his eyes recognized a faint movement near the forest. “Guys…” he continued “I have the strange feeling that we should get the hell out of here…”

Lucas started looking around. More strange looking people started appearing at the forestline. “I agree.” he replied, “Airmid, Psycho, get the Professor out of here.  Whirlwind you go with them. Cougar and I will cover you.”

The two girls grabbed the Professor and started to make for the cover of the forest. Whirlwind hesitated for a moment, but as he saw the commanding look on Lucas’ face he finally followed them. The last member of the group, a very sporty looking guy with short, dark hair around the age of Lucas quickly joined up with his leader, standing ready to defend the others. On a quick look the situation seemed to be
hopeless for them. Four more figures had appeared and both the girl and her knife-throwing friend were already back on their feet. It looked as if a gang of rowdies had assembled there, ready to crush anything and anyone standing between them and their destiny.

The knife thrower already had another one of his toys ready to throw. This time the target clearly was Lucas’ head. As the weapon left the attackers hand Lucas again got into his defensive position. “SEPERATIO!” he cried, this time even louder than before and like the girl before this time the knife stopped in midair and fell to the ground right before his feet.

“What kind of bullshit is this?” One of the attackers asked with a tremble in his voice that sounded like a mixture of anger and fear.

“Don’t care, this stunt might work with a knife, but not with this.” another one replied, pulling out a slingshot. He took quick aim and shot a steel ball at the boy.

Lucas wanted to react again and block the attack, but he just was too weak. His face was already very pale and his knees shacking. “Brother to brother, yours to the end.” he whispered, mentally preparing for what might be his final moments in life when he heard a voice right next to him screaming “Levipes!” and someone jumping at him,
pushing him out of harm’s way, down to the ground. It was a matter of split-seconds, he could still feel the breeze of the projectile close to his face as he hit the ground.

“Thank you Cougar.” he mumbled.

“I don’t believe this!” the attacker was outraged. “Who are those pains in the neck?” He was already in the process of reloading his slingshot.

“Come on Guardian, let’s move out. I don’t think we can stall them much longer.” Cougar pulled up Lucas and started heading towards the forest when a flickering item on the ground caught his attention. “The chip! We lost the chip!” He made a sharp turn trying to reach the tiny object.

“Forget it Cougar, it’s not worth dying for.” Lucas commanded.

His friend seemed to be unsure, but when the next steel bullet missed his head just by inches he decided to follow the Guardians lead and get out of range as quickly as possible. High up on the mountain, covered by the shadows of the trees two strangers stood silently, watching the groups on the ground. “Shall we get down there now and help?” one asked. She was good looking, close to 30 years of age, wearing a long red cape.

“No.” the other replied calmly. His face hidden under the hood of his grey robe it seemed that all of this meant nothing to him.

“But Mylord…” the women started again “they will get it now…”

“Yes.” he replied.

“But Mylord, we can prevent this from happening, why don’t we just interfere now?”

“There is still much you have to learn, Angel.” he said in the same, calm voice as he turned around and walked away, vanishing into thin air just a few steps into the forest. Angel still stood there, tears in her eyes, unable to do anything, just watching the attackers pick up the chip and get away.


About Richard Blunt

Richard Blunt is the author of the fantasy novel, Lucas Trent: Guardian in Magic.
He is currently working on his second book in the Lucas Trent series.
You can visit his website at
Visit him on Twitter at and Facebook at


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