Book Tour + Review: The Hazards of the Old Ones by Ren Garcia
About the Book
Life ends, new life is born. Everything balances. When Carahil, an Elemental Spirit, witnesses the destruction of an entire world, he’s faced with the ultimate question: how far is he willing to go to save it? Carahil will gather friends-like Lord and Countess Blanchefort, renowned Fleet Captain and ex-Black Hat, to help. He’ll destroy lives, like that of Captain Davage’s best friend and first officer, Lt. Kilos, who is made to quit her job aboard the Seeker and go into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones: a place where only she can stand. Carahil will also search out disreputable sources like the scalawag Duke of Oyln, who has something malicious and wailing locked away in his dungeon. To make matters worse, hidden forces threaten to destroy everyone Carahil needs to help him. Ominous messages from nowhere, surprise visits, phantom people and taunting voices complicate matters. However, the most dangerous threat to this mission could be Carahil himself, who faces demonic transformation for getting involved and may upset the cosmic Scales of the Universe in a bad way. Carahil, though struggling to achieve a greater good, might be the cause of a horrific tragedy instead. Hell awaits should he fail.
“Look at me and see what is to come…” his twin said again. He didn’t want to look, but his evil twin insisted. “Look, look. See the dying. Listen to the screaming… Can you hear it?” Can you hear it? He looked into his twin’s wide eyes and saw everything. So much death, so much loss under purple skies and upon sandy ground. He listened to dying mouths praying to be saved. “Save us!” “Save us! Who will save us?” “What have we done to deserve this?” He stood there on his haunches and wept, unable to turn away. “You can save them,” he said. “None of this has to be. Simply go there and perform a miracle, listen to their praise. They will love you. They will lift their cups and call you a god. Be a god for them…and set me free.” “I can’t—I can’t simply save a bunch of people, I’ll become a demon! I’ll go to the Windage!”
What would you do if someone came to you and said that many others were in danger and needed you to save them? What if you weren’t allowed to save them—but had to watch as they suffered? This author shares an entire universe of adventure and mystery with his readers, one filled with creativity and depth. What will be the outcome of unlikely friends, lovers, criminals and those who they rule over?
Davage and Lt Kilos are out on business throughout the year, attending to different necessities in space and on different planets. While they are away, Carahil (an elemental spirit created by Lady Poe) is visited by what seems like his twin, telling him that many people will suffer and die if he doesn’t set him free. He comes up with the brilliant idea of having others assist him, like Lord and Countess Blanchfort (a once Black Hat, changed into Silver Tech), Lt Kilos and the Duke of Olyn (a scalawag). Being faced with a dangerous ultimatum, what will become of this adventure, especially with the all-powerful sisters making unwelcome appearances and notes appearing from an unknown source named “M”, warning them all of danger and death? Where will this journey lead and how can they overcome the obstacles?
Garcia has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness. At first, the pace may seem a bit slow, but it does pick up speed once the characters become familiarized. There are little to no errors, making it an easy read…but it is a lengthy book. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
About the Author
Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.