- Series: Catalyst Moon
- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535276304
- ISBN-13: 978-1535276306
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,573,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Catalyst Moon: Incursion (Volume 1) Paperback – July 27, 2016
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"I love theworld-building--"burnies," the sentinels, the fifth tiers, how themages work with magic, etc. It was fun to get inside Kali and Stonewall'sheads, along with Milo and even Commander Talon, scary as she seems. I can'twait to read future installments!" - Kassie Grace
"I loved the book and the ideas behind it kept me reading (alone withthe well written plot). I was always amazing at some of the awesome things shehad come up with for the plot line. Can't wait for the next one in theseries." - Ethan K
"As soon as you begin reading the book, you are immediately thrown intothe action and plot line, and are introduced to the main characters that youwill be seeing throughout the book. There was never a dull moment while I wasreading this book - there was always some sort of action, situation, orconfrontation - making this the perfect read for those who love to be on theedge of their seats reading a book that is constantly moving at a fast pace.You will fall in love with the characters and root for their success throughoutthe entire book, hoping for the best, as any reader would." - MaddyMartinelli
"From the characters, to the plot, "Catalyst Moon: Incursion"provides the reader with a potent mixture of the human and the enchanted, withaction and romance. Garcia has created a world where magic is allowed to flowthrough the pages, and our veins, in exciting and new ways, that'll keep youpinned to every word. Kali's charms are irresistible and Stonewall'scourage daunting and their burgeoning romance in a world as filled with danger asit is with wonder simply breathtaking. You'll love the diverse cast ofcharacters introduced, as much as you'll love watching them grow and find theirplace in a world that is as rapidly changing as the meaning of magic itself,under the broken shadow of the second moon." - impoeia
"Better clear your schedule for a few hours if you are going tosit down and read Catalyst Moon. Once you start this one, it is an absolutepage turner. You won't be able to put it down until you are done. From the verystart, you are gripped into the heart of a story which is rich in characters,history and magic. The action scenes are riveting and the scenery is describedin breathtaking detail. Kali and Stonewall have a chemistry between them whichis irresistible. There is definitely magic in the air and it is to be found inCatalyst Moon." - Diana Wolf Torres
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This is where our story begins, with the transferring of a Mage to another city. Kalinda, or Kali as you will get to know her, is a Mage that was born with a defect that can be healed by another Mage in another city. Having learned that, she requested a transfer, leaving everything she knew before behind. While the routine travel is underway the troupe is attacked by Calandri, a foe that while quite fierce generally has suddenly acquired demonic elements and the group of Sentinel are overtaken. Only by chance do Kalinda and a Sentinel named Stonewall get away.
The rest of the book covers their travels toward their original destination, Whitewater, as well as the unrest of relationships between a few Sentinels and Mages already there.
This book is the beginning to a much longer series (I hope). It leaves you with a lot of unresolved questions, but they are questions that you care enough about that you want to read whatever comes next to know the resolution. How do these characters all connect? What really is happening outside of the safe city walls?
The character development is great-the book does jump from perspective to perspective a lot and that takes a bit to get used to, though in the end, you have been introduced to quite a few characters and they are all believable. Something that I wonder, though, is what happened to make everyone so weary of mages. If they have been used simply as healers in the past what caused the fear? Will that be something that is brought up in the next book?
I look forward to the next installment, I want to find out what happens with Kalinda and Stonewall as they transition into a new season of life in Whitewater. I also need to know how Commander Talon will handle the oncoming attacks from an old foe with new tricks.
I received a free copy of Catalyst Moon from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Overall, I found the book engaging and the characters vibrant and sympathetic. This is both a romance and a variation on the hero's journey so familiar from contemporary SF and Fantasy. Catalyst Moon as a series seems to me to have potential. The first novel is worth reading, and I intend to read the further books in the series as they come out.
That being said, there are definitely a few elements of the book that need expansion or resolution in the second of the series. Notable among those is the back story to explain how Mages have become objects of scorn and fearful prejudice, with an assigned cadre of Sentinels who keep them walled up in Bastions and hand-cuffed in magic-muffling metal every time they venture out. What is "The Circle", and how is it related to any institutions of government in this created world? Why are the Sentinels so fixated on "balance" and how do they self-justify their imprisonment of people who have much to offer their fellow-citizens in aid and healing? At the end of the first book, we still don't know the answers to these questions. Some readers have clearly found that lack of resolution frustrating.
I have separately forwarded a short list of proof-reading concerns to the author. There weren't many, which is a pleasant relief from a lot of work by first-time authors that I'm invited to review. This author clearly respects her readers and is striving for clarity as she learns the writer's craft.
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