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- Print Length: 1413 pages
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- Publisher: Hydra Publications; 1 edition (April 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CJH1NCW
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As a reader, I am always skeptical when the main characters of a series change, especially if I truly enjoyed reading about them as I did with Syg and Davage. I shouldn’t have worried. Garcia has indeed mastered the shift, much like author Ann Bishop has done with The Others series, and I found myself enthralled.
The Omnibus begins with the birth of Davage and Syg’s son, Kabyl, who would be the future Lord of Blanchefort. This sounds like the start of just another kingdom fairy tale, I know, but trust me when I say that this is simply not the case. Lord Kabyl, or Kay as he is also known, has huge shoes to fill and the reader is thrust into all of the uncertainties such a position in life could bring to a kid with little to no self confidence. What’s more, there is a girl of another house within the League who has awaited his birth with eager anticipation. Lady Sammidoran, Sam, is an Anuian of the Monamas and to be honest she is my favorite character in this book. Born in a jar like all females of the Monamas, Sam is just one of the many in her clutch and is the only one them to survive the persecution of The Horned God. I absolutely love the way the author portrayed her. Human, but not human, Sam has many of the attributes one might bestow on a species of reptile. People of her house appear to be somewhat cold blooded, and frigid climates such as can be found in the land of Kana where this book takes place have an unfavorable effect on them, sometimes fatal. Monamas also seem to have the ability to see into the future and Sam is no different as she has witnessed her own death; a vision which greatly influences the woman she becomes and the relationship she has with Kay.
There are many other supporting characters in this book adding their own trials and tribulations to the mix, but there really isn’t enough time to go into them all. I shall leave other readers to decide which ones they deem their favorite.
As for the book as a whole, it is fast paced and well written. The characterization, as I said before, is well formed and the story flows beautifully. All in all, I am left with the desire to read more of Garcia’s work, be it in The League of Elder or not, and I highly recommend it to any reader who enjoys fiction at its best.
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.