Catalyst Moon #Review

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In Aredia magic is feared, and those who can use it are kept like prisoners, away from ‘civilised’ people. They’re guarded by sentinels, an order of oath bound warriors all sworn to protect the world from magic.

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One of the most vital aspects that contribute to the success of a fantasy novel is the creation of the world and its internal consistency. It matters not how utterly foreign something that happens in the world, as long as it follows the rules set up by the author. I have, unfortunately, read numerous fantasy novels that have fallen flat because the action of the plot did not follow the rules. This is definitely not the case in this novel. Lauren L. Garcia has crafted a world for us that is filled with magic and with faith. There are rules that govern magic and, even when the magic users don’t fully understand how their magic works, the reader is not left feeling like the author simply used that as an excuse to not explain. What I found most fascinating about the book is the fundamental human distrust of anyone who is “different”. In this world, mages are so distrusted, so maligned that they are bound with a mineral that dampens their connection to their magic. Even a Mage like Kalinda Halycon, who is voluntarily being transferred is shackled by hematite cuffs and shadowed by a Sentinel. I particularly enjoyed watching Kali and Stonewall start at opposite ends of a spectrum where Kali is ruled by magic, not having need of the gods, and Stonewall living by faith, honor, and duty. As the story progresses, and the pair meet more and more obstacles, they realize that they have both been suffering from numerous misconceptions.

In addition to a well-crafted world, the author has created fully-developed secondary characters in a genre where secondary characters are more likely to be stereotypes and caricatures rather than well thought-out, fully-distinguishable characters. I look forward to reading more in this series so I can find out whether Kali and Stonewall are able to pursue the friendship that began on their arduous journey. I also want to learn more about some of the secondary characters like the twins, Milo and Mira.

There are some allusions to sex, but there is nothing more explicit than heavy petting in this installment. Also, while the book ends in such a way as to indicate there will likely be future books in the series, it is not a cliffhanger ending, which I definitely appreciate. I very rarely give 5-star reviews, so we’ll done, indeed.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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Posted on September 4, 2016, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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