Return of the Sentinel

Author: Richard Blackburn
Cover Artist: Laura Givens with files from Carole Spencer
Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal
ISBN : 9781927555484 (e-book)
ISBN : 9781927555477 (print)

Guardians of the Gate Book 2

She’s back! Jenny can’t believe she’s going back to the year 1347. Again. But she has to rescue her friends in the village before the Black Death devastates England. At least now she knows what she’s getting into when she travels through the secret time portal at Stonehenge. Sort of. Jenny is about to find out that she’s got a lot more in store than just saving her village from the plague. Luckily, her mentor Gwenelda figures out what Jenny’s up to and arrives to help the headstrong apprentice. What they don’t know is that the wicked wizard Rudigor has set a terrible chain of events in motion that could wreak havoc around the world. But this time the threat is not only in the past—it’s in the present too, and Rudigor’s evil has spread far beyond the Middle Ages.



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Richard Blackburn was brought up in England on the site of an ancient castle in West Derby, Lancashire – well, actually, on the site of the midden outside the battlements. So you could say he was raised on an old rubbish tip. West Derby was also old, having been important when the nearby city of Liverpool was just a couple of fisherman’s huts on the River Mersey. The village had a court house built in the time of Elizabeth the First and stocks originally put there to enforce the Laborers’ Statute of 1351 to punish anyone asking for increased wages after the plague. So history was all around in Richard’s youth.

Richard immigrated to Australia on his own at the age of twenty. He worked at first as a bookkeeper on a cattle station nearly the size of the state of Connecticut, to the north of the Simpson Dessert, then moved to Darwin and worked as an internal auditor in the Health Department, traveling extensively around the Northern Territory. It was here he took up parachuting.

Finding the ‘Top End’ lacking in challenge, he moved on to Papua New Guinea where he worked for thirteen years as a Patrol Officer and raising to the position of District Officer. This involved being a police officer, magistrate, and senior Australian Government representative in his area. During this time Richard traveled extensively in Europe.

Since returning to Australia, Richard has gained an Associate Diploma in Management, an Advanced Diploma in Administration, and a degree in Information Technology, and has worked for a number of Government Departments. He has completed two TAFE short courses in creative writing to make sure his creativity was not crushed completely by many years of writing in the public service. His interests outside work are now restricted to his family and scuba diving. He had to give up parachuting and long- distance running due to a back injury and now has to be content to leave the real excitement to characters in his stories.

Richard has been a best-selling author three years on the run for his Australian publishers, Zeus, and his three books are all listed for approved reading in the New South Wales Premier’s Reading Challenge for high schools. The books are now being published by Lachesis Publishing Inc. in Canada; Return of the Sentinel is the second edition, revised and re-edited, of Richard’s second release, originally titled, Rudigor’s Revenge.

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