THE HOUSE OF BLOODSTEIN: MENTRALYSIS by Ren Garcia
They thought the episode with their cousin to the east, Lady Bloodstein, was over. They thought it was something to laugh about at the grand table in fond nostalgia.
But they were wrong. They were so wrong.
And Castle Blanchefort has fallen!
Lord Kabyl has lost everything: his wife, his kin, his family fortune, and his home. Castle Blanchefort, once a safe haven, is overrun with enemies seeking his blood.
In what follows, he must join forces with ancient enemies and with people who do not exist. He must treat with sinister, possibly untrustworthy gods and barter away his soul for urgently needed arcane help or face certain death at the hands of forgotten tyrants and their machinations from a bygone age.
And, how can a strange science known as Mentralysis, practiced in secret in the hidden places of the League, hold the key to ultimate victory?
What should have been obvious to Lord Kabyl from the start at last becomes crystal clear: Foolish is he who dares possess the Ultimate Object, for misery shall be his only reward.
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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.
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I’m proud of my home and my family and my commitment to my Countess. I’m proud of my friends and of my kinship to them. I’m nostalgic about the battles I’ve found and the faces of those I’ve killed, and perhaps someday those experiences will help me better prepare my children for the world and what might face them. When I raise my CARG, it is because I have to, not because I wish it.
Magistrate Kilos, Ne-Countess Sammidoran, and Sarah are taken from their castle by Hoban Hospitalers, protecting them from a much bigger entity who has stolen their body parts. Lord Kabyl is sentenced to death, but a Haitathe warrior by the name of Laika, saves him on behalf of her “mother” Roethalba of George. While Kay is taken to Hoban to catch up on the takeover of Castle Blancheforte, it is here that he meets up with Roethalba of George and discovers a machine called the Mentralysis. The Mentralysis device allows the “sleeping self” to become the dominant personality while the “waking self” sleeps. Confusing at best, Kay doesn’t quite understand what he is being told, but he is tasked with a mission to save his family and friends from death. This entity of Roethalba of George was described as an evil being, someone who was against Lady Chrysania in the previous installment, but now she wants to help him and his family. He learns of a new evil by the name of Queen Ghome and everything that Lord Kabyl and his family and friends have been fighting for has been all for naught. The good that they thought they knew has been flipped upside down and deceit is ever present. How ever will Lord Kabyl fight this goddess-like entity without the help of his Ne-Countess and friends?
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, while the pace is fast and easy to read. There are a few spelling errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. 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 is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis by Ren Garcia.