Review: The Dead Held Hands by Ren Garcia
About the Book
In the ruins of a distant castle, a light comes on signaling the end of everything…
Kabyl, son of the famed Captain Davage, discovers the world around him is not as it seems. His beloved is a haunted woman full of secrets. She looks over shoulder at things that are not there and dread’s the dark. What is she so afraid of? The Dead hold hands, they say, and lend the living their power. Will they hold hands for Lord Kabyl as he ventures into the unknown?
Temple of the Exploding Head, a League of Elder series.
Kay held up Sam’s fur. “You…you forgot your fur, and your coat, and I want to give them back. And, in any event…I miss you, Sam. How can I tell you such a thing without sounding like a total fool? I’ll just lay it out. The day we started talking, I was going to kill myself. The only reason I’m alive is because of the promise I made to you. I can’t even look at the posts without thinking of you. I can’t enjoy anything without you. Are you happy? Here, how about if I say it like this: Enier ane mirada. That’s Anuie, right? That’s what you speak, I looked it up. That’s Anuie for ‘Will you forgive m’.” Silence. “At least get the last word in; tell me how stupid I am.” “You’re stupid…” he heard a quiet voice say from behind.
How would it feel to be told by someone that they are your one and true love? That they have known and had dreams about you since before you were born? While a bit creepy…it can be deeply emotional and quite confusing. Garcia shares an exceptional adventure, one that will continue to entertain readers who have read the first two installments in this League of Elder series.
The Dead Held Hands is primarily about Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort and Sammidorin. In the beginning, there are prophecies and a haunting future laid out for Sammidorin as she is a Monoma. Being what she is, demons keep tabs on them wherever they go. If they travel past the fog of their lands, the demons are there…waiting to turn them into Berserkacides. Sam begins dreaming of an Elder, one that is supposed to become her beloved if she were strong enough to meet the challenge. Most Monoma men and women never do find their true love because of the fear, so they go and plant their white flower which is supposed to rid them of the dreams…but Sam is not clouded by fear. She wants to know who Kabyl is and have the chance that most of her kind do not. Kabyl…or Kay falls in love with Sam, but he knows that there is a vast amount of secrets that she keeps to herself. In order for them to have the relationship that they both want, all secrets must be revealed…but Sam’s only fear is that Kay isn’t strong enough to endure what is to be faced in the oncoming Trials.
Garcia has a grand story, one with creativity, suspense and superb character development. These characters have emotion, in-depth personalities and intrigue. The pace is fast, making the book very easy to read because of the fluidity of the scenes and passages. By this third installment, the reader should have a good idea of the characters involved in the series thus far…if reading the series in chronological order. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, you may want to try this series. These books are highly entertaining with non-stop action and adventure.
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