THE TEMPLE OF THE EXPLODING HEAD by Ren Garcia
SERIES: The League of Elder Series, Book 5
PUBLISHER: Loconeal Publishing, LLC
RELEASED: March 1, 2012
GENRE: Space Opera, Science Fiction, Fantasy
A God In His Temple Is Invincible. An outlaw and evil spirit, the Horned God confronts the gods themselves. From his Temple deep in the ground he is finally ready to act.
Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort returns to his home with the pieces of The Machine in hand. He expects his love, Lady Sammidoran, will return to begin their life together as man and woman at last. However, the Horned God has other ideas and he pursues Lady Sammidoran without pause. As Lord Kabyl seeks to save his love from an insane god, all roads lead to the dreaded Temple of the Exploding Head, where none emerge alive. Elsewhere, Captain Davage and his Countess, Sygillis, find themselves lost deep in enemy territory where the Horned God’s horrific servants hold sway. Even if the Captain and Countess manage to return home to Kana, what will they find when they arrive? The Temple of the Exploding Head saga concludes in this action-filled adventure of love and loss. In a place where even the gods fear to tread, how can naught but a tragedy be the outcome?
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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They had a fair amount of difficulty leaving Lt. Kilos’ home—Ki’s family all over them, wanting them to stay for a bit. Ki’s sister Maia really wanted to come with them back to Kana, and Ki literally had to drag her and her bag out of the Goshawk. They took off and headed for Kana, making the trip in a little less than four hours. Phillip nosed the ship to the south and arrowed down through the layers of clouds and vapor, heading straight for Lake Monoma. Kay hadn’t said much on the return trip. Everybody had left him alone—he wasn’t in the frame of mind to be sociable.
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.
Sam has been taken by the Horned God and Lord Kabyl and friends are desperate to find answers so that they can save her. With Captain Davage and Countess Sygillis missing with the New Faith, Kay turns to a Professor in Tusck who also happens to be Lt. Kilos’ husband. With his vast knowledge, they are able to determine the location of where the Horned God’s temple may be, but they still have a lot of work to do in order to find it and once they find it, how will they save Sam? There are pieces missing from the story, like why does the Horned God want Sam? How are the Killanjo, the Golden People, and the Horned God connected? How do the sisters not know about an evil so great, they are readily willing to have the Monomas wiped out under false pretense? So many questions and so little time. Can Kay save his family and his lady before imminent danger threatens to destroy it all?
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 fifth 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 Temple of the Exploding Head by Ren Garcia.