Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle of Consequence by Charles Lominec.
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review
About the Book: A far away star supernovas and sends waves of force and change rippling through the cosmos. The waves crash into Sarnen Karnea’s world and thrust him into a deadly struggle to keep his loved ones from harm and to keep a secret about his son from the Zangava Empire.
The waves awaken new and old forms of consciousness, and stir ancient primordial resentments, that threaten to destabilize the Empire’s dominance in the world. Challengers from across the ocean, and from under it, seek to capitalize on newly developing Imperial problems.
Like the Empire, Sarnen must adapt to survive, and must ask himself which of his virtues he is willing to deny in order to reach his goals.
My review: This was one of those books that took me a little bit to get into, but that was due more to the different nature of the world setting than I’m accustomed to. I thought it was a cool contrast to usual fantasy novels with the Empire using dinosaurs as weapons for land and air. It gave the story an extra depth as we’re exposed to the different Elementals such as Flesh, Air, Fire, and Earth.
The characters were well written and enjoyable, except for a couple that I really wanted to see have an incident, but that’s part of what made the story so enjoyable. My personal favorite was the Lanx as a whole, so needless to say I’m curious what they’ll be up to in the next book.
The story moved along at a good pace and kept me turning the pages to see how the various storylines worked out. Unfortunately, that means waiting for the next book, but it’s a wait I don’t mind.