THE MACHINE by Ren Garcia
SERIES: The League of Elder Series, Book 4
PUBLISHER: Loconeal Publishing, LLC
RELEASED: July 13, 2011
GENRE: Space Opera, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, his cousins Sarah and Phillip and their friend Lord Lon of Probert quest to recover the three pieces of a fabled machine lost for centuries: The Oberphilliax. Their quest will take them beyond the safety of the League to the Xaphan city of Waam where an ancient Black Hat and her vile army of Spectre henchmen await their arrival with great anticipation.
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.
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‘Long ago, we were evil, and we worshipped a Horned God deep in the earth. Then, the Gods in Jade and Sapphire came and took the evil from us in exchange for our second pair of arms. We turned our backs on the Horned God and lived by our lake where it is warm and we were a happy people. The Horned God was angry and cursed us, setting his angels the Golden People against us. They took our people into their windowless laboratories and experimented on us—tortured us. Treated us like cattle. They built into us the Heart Triger, a genetic code in our tissues that, once activated, turns us back into what we once were—Berserkacides.
Monsters are always more of a believable matter when they are real and right there in front of you. What if you had to face monsters every day? Whether it be physical or mental, a monster isn’t always evil is it? It is human nature to throw around the term very loosely for something that is claimed to have a look or talent of monstrous proportions. Garcia brings all of his monsters into this novel, allowing his readers to fear the unknown. With space travel, creatures, death and so many creations within his world, this story is mesmerizing and something of vast originality.
Lord Kabyl of Blanchfort is attacked by something in the grove that resembles his younger sister, Lady Hathaline. Unwilling to believe that their daughter could be responsible for nearly killing her own brother, Captain Davage and Countess Sygillis go to Hoban to seek answers while Kay and his cousins, Sarah and Phillip, along with a friend named Lon have their own mission in Xaphan space to attend to. Kay has to go through trials in order to save his beautiful Monoma, Lady Sammadorin, from the Horned God. Through the trials, Kay improves his newly-found abilities as a Shadow Tech Male which leads him to Waam, the darkest and vilest city in Xaphan Space, filled with Black Hats all intent on destroying Shadow Tech Males. Can Kay pass his trials or will the last test be the one that breaks him? Can the Horned God and their servants be on the rise after almost wiped out ages ago?
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 and grammatical errors throughout the read, but 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. This is also the fourth installment in the League of Elder series and can be read as a standalone, but the information does follow a chronological sequence of events beginning with the first book, Sygillis of Metatron.
This book was purchased by Turning Another Page and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for The Machine by Ren Garcia.