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Fiona's Guardians

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When a vampire seduces you, death is minutes away. When she hires you, you'll soon wish you were dead.

It’s a truth known to every guardian who worked for Fiona, including Daniel. Aside from managing the day to day chores and keeping her protected, he manages an investment portfolio to buy stolen blood from hospital workers. The 250-year-old Fiona needs 10 pints of human bl
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 2nd 2020 by Burton Mayers Books
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Victoria Lunacek
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat with strong character personalities can be difficult to find in modern age books, but I promise you, Fiona’s Guardians is a must read for all vampire enthusiasts. Bringing back the original vampire characteristics, Klefstad gives Fiona the dark side that every vampire should have. The book gives a strong back story, tormented relationships and will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are a fan of Vampire Diaries or the Originals, this shou ...more
Reyna Favis
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book because it was a vampire story told from the point of view (mostly) of the human guardians. While the vampires were as expected (ruthless and Machiavellian), the keepers were nothing like Renfield in the old Dracula stories. These guardians spent every waking hour actively trading stocks to build and maintain the fortunes for their vampire overlords, creating intricate networks of black market blood supplies, and acting as expert body guards. Multi-talented and essential ...more
Sandra M.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dan Klefstad has brought the vampire novel into a new dimension. Not only is it now a world with drones, Fiona can read minds! This adds even more tension in the battle between the Catholic monks who are trying to destroy her and her guardians to will do anything to protect her. This is a skillfully written story that will keep you hooked and wanting more. Dan is a brilliant storyteller who weaves a terrifying tale that is set in todays world.
Sahreth Bowden
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While using a fairly traditional template for vampires (blood-sucking undead with super speed amongst other supernatural skills who are allergic to sun and silver and are hunted by a secret religious order), the story is approached with a novel balance of ideas regarding where those of both species/alignments stand and the evolution of their paths. On one side, we see vampires needing to adapt to the modern world (this includes the presence of 'guardians' who are the humans in charge of supplyin ...more
Siouxsie Hendrix
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bram Stoker. Anne Rice. John Ajvide Lindqvist. With what appears to be his first horror novel, Fiona’s Guardians, I’m putting Mr. Klefstad on my watchlist to join these top-shelf authors of vampire literature. Fiona’s Guardians is about humans who work for Fiona, a 250-year-old vam... (almost forgot - can't say that word around her!) described in one scene as “the most beautiful woman east of Hollywood.” Most of the pages involve her main guardian of the last few decades, Daniel, but even when s ...more
Cathy Ryan
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fiona’s Guardians is a vampire story with a difference. Daniel has served as Fiona’s guardian for more years than he cares to remember, supplying her with the ten pints of her preferred O negative which she requires each day. He achieves this by means of canny investing and a network he has perfected over time, with people in hospitals and blood banks in several cities.

Initially unbeknownst to either of them, an ancient Vatican order of monks named Mors Strigae are gathering as many members
Lynn Hetzler
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dan Klefstad’s most recent work, Fiona’s Guardians, is perhaps one of the best things to come out of the year 2020. The book has deep, dark roots that detail how a mere mortal can find work as a vampire’s caretaker.
Being a guardian is never easy, of course, but being the keeper of a vampire requires a substantial amount of work and attention to detail. This is especially true for Daniel, who recently accepted guardianship over 250-year-old Fiona. In addition to managing her day-to-day activities
Susan Hampson
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is such a deliciously dark and compelling book to get your teeth into and pump up your blood pressure. Fiona is totally desirable and impossible to say no to no matter what your intentions are to start with. At 250 years old she has perfected every way to achieve ultimate pleasure levels for herself and partners. The Guardians that keep her safe would gladly die to save her and in this story that is exactly what they do.

The Catholic church has been a little quiet over these last few decades
Chris Malone
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unsettling, intriguing, complex

Horror is a new genre for me. This tempestuous meeting of gothic and the stark reality of the twenty-first century is an explosive mix, as conventional morality is suspended and the reader is quickly drawn into the intriguing and bizarre job description of a Guardian to Fiona. Like Daniel, you cannot help but become immersed in Fiona’s world. Drones, Nazi steampunk, Mafia, car alarms, paedophilia, Face Time, Brexit: they are all woven cleverly into the narrative.

Brenda P
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Upon starting Fiona’s Guardians, I was intrigued by the characters. This is not a boring, nor typical vampire novel. The characters are compelling and the story unravels like a beautiful old tapestry, from different character stand points and different time frames. The characters are interwoven and just when you think you know what’s coming next... your mouth drops open and you find yourself pausing before continuing through. The characters are so strongly written, you feel the realit
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A totally fresh take on the vampire genre. Ultimately this is a story about the price of loyalty, and I couldn’t help but think of a new metaphor for vampires: corporations or careers we sacrifice everything to, hoping to be allowed a few peaceful years in retirement. Who can’t relate to that?
One reviewer had a hard time following the different perspectives and POVs, which I completely sympathize with if you’re looking for a beach read. This book (like the vampire Fiona) demands your constant at
Fiona Tate
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic title! Yes, okay, as my name's Fiona, I'm a little bit biased.

Anyhoo, I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say, that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars only because I got a little confused at times, because the book does jump between characters a lot.

Speaking of which, the characters were fun (even the nasty ones) and I thoroughly recommend this book to any vampire fan.
Sven Skupien
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Vampire Novel for People Who Hate Vampire Novels

Let me just get this out of the way. I don't like vampire novels. Please don't misunderstand me. I do love a good vampire movie. I never miss an airing of a Bela Lugosi film. I've probably seen every Hammer Horror. Near Dark is a classic film in my mind. The sad reality, however, is that most vampire novels drag on and on and that includes Bram Stoker's work. Yes, I said it.

Knowing that I've just made a lot of enemies I will offer this: Fiona's G
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Dan for allowing me the opportunity to read Fiona’s Guardians before its October release date. There are a lot of positive things I could say about this book. Here are a few.

Fiona, a vampire, is the type of character I love. She makes her survival top priority, understands exactly what the consequences will be and revels in it. She does not care who she hurts to attain her goals, and hurting others seems to be part of her goals.

Though Fiona’s Guardians is from the perspective of
LB Johnson
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reads more like classic literature than a "weekend read". The imagery is amazing, and the characters incredibly layered. I'm not a fan of "vampire" novels but found it richly satisfying. Well done! ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
To be upfront, the author offered me a preview copy in exchange for a heartfelt review. I thank him for letting me read his work, and as promised here's my honest review of it.

Ok, the good:
The premise is very interesting. How DOES one be a vampire in the modern day when the police are likely to have all sorts of inconvenient ways of tracing back dead bodies? How do you, as a vampire, protect yourself in an age of thermal scanning, drones, and the modern bureaucratic state? A lot of novels handw
Gary Hill
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starting with the basics, let me say that I really enjoyed this book. It's dark, spooky and fun. I'm not positive I'd consider it horror because I didn't find it necessarily scary. That said, I sometimes find things chilling, but seldom feel scared from books that terrify others, so you have to consider the source. And, I suppose any book focused on vampires ultimately lands under horror. I will say that I found myself rooting for the main vampire (Fiona) and her guardians in the book most of th ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Fiona’s Guardians is a vampire novel for the 21st Century!

Vampires have been around forever in legends and are the most well-known ‘monsters’ out there, and now Dan Klefstad helps to bring them into the 21st century. This is the perfect time for a new vampire to be released as we are in the month of October when all things scary come out to play, and now we have Fiona to l
Julie Morris
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am in no way a connoisseur of vampire novels by any stretch of the imagination. When I was searching my library for examples of the genre to use in my Instagram photo for this book, I had far fewer to choose from than say, legal thrillers or romance novels set in cafes. Therefore, I may not be the best judge of how great an example this is of the oeuvre. I am not a massive reader of horror. In fact, it specifically says in my review policy that I don’t review horror. How, then, did Dan persuad ...more
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read two short stories by Dan Klefstad, The Guardian and The Interview, back in 2017 I have been quite intrigued by Fiona and Daniel, so I was very much looking forward to reading this full novel. Fiona’s Guardians has been well worth waiting for.
Fiona is a powerful character, in many ways. She commands your attention, and I can’t help but be impressed by her. She is feared and respected. Cross her and she wouldn’t think twice about snapping your neck. However, she has her weaknesses and
Heidi Pfeiffer
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a longtime fan of vampire tales ever since I read Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire.” But in recent years I’ve felt the blood slowly draining out of this genre, and when the Twilight series appeared with their sparkly vamp-ish love interest, I’d pretty much given up. The undead creatures I adored for so long had devolved into empty, pouty caricatures of once proud and powerful sangrophiles.
Still (because I’m an eternal optimist?), my curiosity was peaked when Dan Klefstad announced a n
Adam Frosh
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sexy, dangerous, human

From start to finish, this book is gripping, fascinating, sexy and somehow human in its portrayal of the vampiric dependency on the loyalty of their human guardians and availability of their human meals. Dan has shown the challenges vampires have to face to survive in the modern world. Not only does their existence need to be hidden from humanity, but they have to face a mortal enemy of well trained religious zealots, the Mors Strigae, an ancient secret order of monks sworn
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
There are a lot of things that are over the top and to like about this story. The storytelling was so good I read this in a day (and it sounds like there will be a sequel.)

Personally, in the end, vam...OOOOPS-can't use that word-are people too, and there was no one to admire in the book or uplift my spirit.

This is not to deter people from reading-it is a very interesting book. I definitely want to read more from this author.
Amy Whelan
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fiona’s Guardians had me from the first two words: Hello mortal. This vampire novel, which could have easily devolved into a cliché, was anything but. Klefstad expertly used perspectives from different characters in numerous timelines. But he excels at drawing the reader in by using journal entries and letters. The characters are rich and meaningful. I’ll be looking forward to a sequel.
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fiona's Guardians is chilling. You're grabbed from the first page, and you just lose yourself in the story. Klefstad has a unique style that I absolutely loved. If you're a fan of strong, dangerous, not-so-sparkly vampires, you're going to love this book. The perfect read for Halloween, or a dark and stormy night. ...more
Matt Adcock
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You ever had a job that you hated so much you literally wished you were dead? Meet Daniel, he’s just a guy, who takes a mysterious role sourcing blood for his employer Fiona. I know right – sounds a bit dodgy, the kind of thing you’d only be asked to do for someone really ill, possibly for a blood loving freak, or maybe, no, surely not for a vampire?

But 250-year-old Fiona isn’t your average employer and she really ‘needs’ those 10 pints of human blood every night!? And the job can be quite a st
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