Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Temple of the Exploding Head Omnibus

Starfarers and explorers, the League settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of space.
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …

But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.
And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.

He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future. 

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 books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books,  “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
 He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.

Here is my review of Ren's Temple Omnibus - this is an amalgamation of the three reviews I wrote for the three separate novels.

The Temple Omnibus - Worth far more than a mere 5 stars!

As the son of the famed and handsome Captain Davage of Blanchefort and his Countess, the formidable former Black Hat, Sygillis of Metatron, young Lord Kabyl might have reasonably expected to inherit the potent Gifts of a great Vith Lord. After all, his sisters and brother have. Yet Kay can barely Waft, let alone use the Sight.

Lady Sammidoran, a Monaman Anuian, is determined to help Kay, her Arin-Dan, develop the Gifts he lacks. Yet Sam herself is pursued and persecuted by an unnamed, powerful enemy. Kay will need all the help his dead Ancestors can give him if he is to save the League from destruction.

Kay is tasked by Sam to find the pieces of a mysterious machine. This is his Trial, and he will die if he fails to complete it. Together with his cousins, Sarah and Phillip, Kay travels into Xaphan space without even knowing what he’s searching for. He must go to the Xaphan city of Waam, where resides the most feared Black Hat in existence. A Black Hat who wants Kay for herself....

Kay battles to save his love. He seems to hold all the aces: he’s brave, handsome, dashing, and insightful. Yet Kay is battling a twisted, evil being who will use all his powers, and those of his horrific servants, to ensure Kay’s failure. Not even Kay’s parents, Lord Davage and Countess Sygillis, can help him now, trapped as they are in Time and enemy space.

I love this Omnibus tale of derring-do, time travel, evil, and abiding love. Ren’s characters are always fascinating - compelling, often flawed, yet possessing all the qualities necessary to fully engage his readers. Many terrible things happen to Kay and his friends, things that will affect them all their lives - if they live. And over all floats the smiling face of Carahil, god and silver seal, offering a glimmer of hope in a grim and bitter world.

Sci-fi and fantasy fans alike will love Ren’s Temple Omnibus, which I can highly recommend. I’d rate it higher than five stars if I could.

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