Sygillis of Metatron by Ren Garcia
Series: The League of Elder, #1
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC; 3 edition
Release Day: May 21, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Space Opera, Metaphysical & Visionary
ABOUT THE BOOK:
For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: the enemy, eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim. Only the League’s ruling body, the Sisterhood of Light, has been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, to put her to a slow, painful death. That is what’s done to Black Hats. And no one dares challenge the Sister’s authority. They are astounded when the Captain refuses to allow it. Using his Gift of Sight, Captain Davage, the Lord of the Great House of Blanchefort, has gotten a glimpse of the Black Hat’s face, and is shocked. Though no one but a Sister would ever willingly face a Black Hat and hope to survive, he enters her cell. The woman sitting there bears an exact resemblance to a beloved friend of the Captain’s—a friend who is dead, murdered, lost in space along with her ship and her crew. There she sits, Captain Davage’s friend, apparently reborn as a Black Hat murderess, identical in every way except for the Black Hat’s mark on her face. The Black Hat known as Sygillis of Metatron, vile and evil, immediately plots Captain Davage’s killing and, though the Sisters are near, none can protect him from her fury. She will come for his soul.
We of the sisterhood are powerful, wise, yet we could not have done what you have accomplished here. If our war with the Xaphans is ever to end, it is for someone else, someone like you, to pave the way for it. We are too close to the matter. It is in your power, Captain, to save her, though, as you already know, the process will be dangerous. Be assured that we will do all we can to protect you, and I pray for you—and I will pray for her as well. I will pray that she remembers your light even when the darkness around her seems to have no end, and I will pray that you find what you are looking for.
In a world far different from our own, a new universe has been created and filled with wonderful oddities and complex universal patterns. Sygillis of Metratron is the first installment in this sci-fi and space opera universe. In this introduction, the reader will begin to read about an entire exploration and navigation of planets beyond the scope of our world. Travel and distance happen in days or weeks, rather than over lifetimes and centuries of research. Most of the areas are united by the Sisterhood of Light, but there are some who seek to eliminate the very existence of everyone who threatens their expansion. Garcia compels his readers to jump into this first installment by offering adventure and creativity beyond imagination.
Captain Davage goes out on his vessel the same way that he always does. His crew has been good to him and together, they do great things. Up until meeting Sygillis of Metatron, an evil Black Hat, his life may not have been normal, but was he really happy? This woman, this dreadfully ugly and fierce (yet beautiful) woman, reminds him of a very good friend from his past who lost her life. Upon the Sisterhood’s strict advice to eliminate the Black Hat, Captain Davage is drawn to her. After using a special gift, the gift of Sight, to see her in the comfort of the halls, he knows that this road that he is about to travel will be hard…but well worth the pain. Could he actually have the strength to turn this Black Hat into a good person? Is that possible? Has she lost her soul?
Garcia writes with such a creative mind—everything is so different, original and totally entertaining and new. The story has superb character development and is written well. It is a longer than the other books in the series, but there is not really a change in pace or fluidity. Everything is explained, easy to understand and the reader can jump right in since this is the first installment. 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 paperback copy of this book was purchased by Turning Another Page from the author. We provide a five-star rating for Sygillis of Metatron 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, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.