A review of Catalyst Moon: Incursion, by Lauren L. Garcia
I began reading this book with the suspicion that it would turn out to be one of those female erotic things they call a Romance, situated in a world where you cut down your opponents with swords, not harsh words, and magic works. Well, sort of works. Although it is placed in a Romance/Fantasy category, it really occupies its own little world.
I wondered a little when the main character, Kali, who my mind insists on seeing as a cute, petite, redhead, voluntarily puts on these hematite handcuffs during the action. It sure sounded like the prelude to a bondage story, or maybe something from a John Norman novel. It turns out that there is some sort of female bonding process, where placing her body in the control of her prospective mates is considered a trusting sort of bonding activity. Just reporting the facts, maam.
Anyway, here is the storyline. In this world, which may be either the past, or the future, on Earth with an additional moon, or some other planet, magic works weakly, Mages are not trusted, and are hobbled with hematite (why not pure iron?), and a special sort of soldiers called Sentinels are trained to control the Mages.
On a trip to get a healing at another facility, Kali is guarded by a party of Sentinels on the trip, and she and her hunky Sentinel named Stonewall, also known as Stone, barely escape with their lives, when bad guys, who look like Franks, but who are waving Scottish Claymores about, attacks, and dispatches most of the other Sentinels. It doesn’t help that the bad guys show every sign of being the possessed vessels of demonic forces.
From this humble start, love blossoms, and we engage in a fascinating examination of the nature of magic in that world. I am not usually a Romancy sort of fellow, but I have to say that this book kept my attention. There was a good balance between the sugar and spice and the puppy dog tails in this book. I think you will like it.
By the way, I have to commend the Author on the editing in this book. In most professional published, and edited, books, I will find at least a dozen grammar issues while reading them. I only found two, with a third being debatable, in this book. They did a very good job. If the Author did her own editing, she has a future as an Editor, if she ever decides to stop writing. She should be a hero, and keep writing. Talent shouldn’t be wasted.