Kat, the 6th Turn by Ren Garcia
Published by: Loconeal Publishing, LLC
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera
This book will be published next year, in the meantime find all of Author Ren Garcia’s books, and the first books in this series, below.
About the book:
Every year, on the anniversary of Gwen’s death, he returned to Clovis to stand in the cold desolation, hearing the wind moan through the lonely passes, feeling her loss all over again.
On this anniversary, he wasn’t alone in Clovis. He heard the noises rustling in the brush. He smelled the raw river of Shadow tech. Then he saw it:
The claws …
The flicking tail …
The maniacal, glittering eyes fixed on him …
“I’ve been waiting for you,” it said in a grating voice as it attacked.
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Far away, across the cosmos in a city of wondrous crystal towers, two people watch in horror as the desperate scene at Clovis unfolds. They had worked so hard, sacrificed so much, even argued for it before the gods. They convinced the gods they were right, that they knew best, and everything would go well.
But, things weren’t going well at Clovis.
If this situation went poorly, then ages worth of work would be lost, and, just possibly, the universe might come to an end.
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“Tell me, what is ‘love’?” The Autocon despised the question. Every day it would offer a different answer. “Something that has no relevance.” What is love? “Love is a rotten piece of devoured fruit that will not digest and will not be expelled without assistance.” What is love? “A fatal envenomation that leads to hallucinations, nausea, insanity and then death.” Kat laughed. “I believe you have no idea what love is. You’ve answered all my other questions or demanded I venture into the depths; why not this one? Love must be truly grand if it’s unknown to you.”
When you read something that pulls at your heart, there is a longing for a happily ever after. Whether torment or unbearable emotional turmoil, the characters seem to call out for empathy or rather just sympathy without directly asking for it. Garcia never fails to provide that one character within all of his books, the one character that the reader can really relate to and cheer on—in their own way. In this part of the series, Kat is the beloved character who faces many obstacles—while figuring out who she is.
Kat is a crawler, a ‘nobody’ who was meant solely to farm shadow tech for the Black Hats. The pain that she suffered is hard to read about, but proves that she has strength to endure the hand that she is dealt. Upon the request of two ‘gods’ in green, she and three other crawlers are taken from their darkness and released onto a land called Clovis. Even though this place is filled with evil, Kat and her sisters find solace for a little while. They bask in the sun, bathe in the cistern, and stay away from the voice that whispers to them when they get too close to the catacombs. Only one sister is unable to escape the black hat way—it feeds off of her, pitting her against her sisters—causing an ultimate destruction to their bond, death to all but Kat. When the ‘gods’ return to her, they tell her that she is to wait for her man…so she waits until the fateful day that Stenstrom comes flying down in his rip car.
In other universes, Bel is meant to be with Gwen—but a demon has killed her in Clovis, the one place where he finds Kat. His last visit is meant to finally say goodbye to her, but then an annoyingly, arrogant, seemingly black hat that crawls on hands and feet with a shadow tech tail deviates his plan. She reeks of meat and has no manners. She is childish and asks so many questions. Striking up a deal, they mutually agree to dinner back in Tyrol in exchange for information about the demon who killed Gwen. What neither of them know, is that Gwen’s death has caused the universe to be altered—dangerously close to becoming obsolete. Can Stenstrom and Kat…with the help of others…set their universe right? They must minutely alter different relationships within other universes, in order to keep the short-lived bond that they have each found in each other.
Garcia has an incredible novel, one with superb character development, phenomenal world building, and well-written words. He writes with such a creative mind—everything is so different, original and exciting. Everything is explained, easy to understand and can be read as a standalone—however, it would be beneficial to begin with The Shadow Tech Goddess to understand certain characters within this story and how they have changed from other realities. 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 copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Kat, the 6th Turn by Ren Garcia.
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.