The Blurb on Other People’s Words – More LoE

March 27, 2012 at 12:22 am (fantasy, Reviews, writing)

For those of you who follow my reviews, you know that I’ve had nothing but great things to say about Ren Garcia’s League of Elder series, so you can imagine how pleased I am when the next installment of series comes out. Today I take the opportunity to review this fifth book in this series, another incredible addition to my favourite space fantasy adventure. 

The Temple of the Exploding Head

– by Ren Garcia

Sometimes the anticipation of something is better than the actual results, but thankfully, this was not the case with Ren’s latest work. I had been looking forward to the third and final act in the courtship of Lord Kabyl and Lady Sammidoranand I wasn’t disappointed. Kay has met the challenges required to allow him to join with Sam and expects to return to his love, free to be with her, but it turns out that it’s not that simple. There is something more insidious to face, now, something that extends beyond the regular boundaries of time and space, something that intends on twisting our heroes’ fates to its own devices. Luckily, Kay is not alone in his struggles, with friends, family (his mother and father having strayed off into their own adventures before they reunite) and Carahil’s allies to support his cause. They find the best way to target their enemy at the source, gather their allies and set off to take a stand, with dire consequences. There will be casualties…

If you want to know how this chapter of the series ends, you’ll have to read it for yourself. This is another fantastic display of Ren’s wonderful world-building talents, but one he integrates seamlessly into the story, with great mastery. His descriptions are vivid and extreme, but not overwhelming, his characters are bold and dynamic, but still very human, and he offers all aspects of feeling, from hope to suffering – and back again. He gives you heroes you have to root for, even when they make mistakes or act a little selfish, and he adds just enough humour to get you past the parts that are horribly grim or bleak.

When anyone asks me to suggest a good read, this series has always been one of the top ones I list and it continues to be that way with every new addition, unlike some series that get tired or boring after stretching its ideas as far as they will go. Ren manages to keep adding new ideas, keeping the story fresh and novel.

1 Comment

  1. theleagueofelder said,

    Hey Chantal!!

    Thanks for the Amazing review. I can’t recall how many times I wrote and rewrote Book V. I waffled on the direction of the book. I waffled on who the Main Bad Guy was: was it the Horned God, was it the Golden People, or was if Bethrael of Moane (who was the original baddie). In the original draft, Carahil and the Horned God were friends. It’s amazing how things turn out, but I’m pleased with the results and I’m glad my strange ideas came together for a pleasing ending.


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