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Sygillis of Metatron (The League of Elder #1)

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For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: the enemy, eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim. Only the League's ruling body, the Sisterhood of Light, has been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every inte ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Loconeal Publishing, LLC (first published 2009)
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Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It took me awhile to pick it up and read it after I received it even though it had gotten good ratings. For whatever irrational reason I had, I went into the book expecting not to like it. However, it lived up to the ratings. I didn't rate it a four, but if GoodReads had half star ratings I would have rated it a 3.5. Fours I reserve for books I really liked and couldn't put down or have something profound to say. Fives are for books I would read over and over again or have i ...more
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It felt like there was a little bit of an info dump at the very start of the book, but once I got passed that, I really enjoyed the story. The interaction between characters and the characters themselves were thought-provoking and amusing in turn, although at times Sygillis got on my nerves. Regarding the characters, my only criticism would probably have to be the relationship between Syg and the Captain. At times I guess it could be considered sweet,
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May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was quite enjoyable. I liked getting pulled into this new world. The descriptions and personality traits of the characters are well thought out. The world comes complete with its own possibilities, magic and technology. I rarely got lost in descriptions and was able to keep from getting too muddled up with the large group of characters you get introduced to. It takes a great Author to paint each character so completely that even with a large cast you can still remember which character ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book after I read book #3 of the series The Dead Held Hands and I have to admit that I liked “Sygillis of Metatron” better than The Dead Held Hands. While “The Dead Held Hands” is fantasy 100%, in “Sygillis of Metatron” Mr. Garcia blends fantasy with science fiction … and he does a very good job. “Sygillis of Metatron” is still mainly a fantasy but with strong elements of science fiction, and the two genres are intermingled so fine that it seems correct/natural to fly a starship and ...more
Cas Peace
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came to this book backwards, having read Book Two, Hazards of the Old Ones, first. I really enjoyed Hazards and wondered how it would be reading League when I already thought I knew the characters. Well, I have to say that I enjoyed League every bit as much as Hazards, and found it quite exciting learning more about the characters and the origins of their relationships. Some of the questions I had since reading Hazards were answered once I read League, and not always in the way I expected, whi ...more
Danielle Zwissler
Holy hell I loved this book! Lord Davage of Blanchefort is the hated by his ex-bride-to-be... And that love that went wrong was the start of the declared war.... This book is truly a timeless story on good and evil. The characters are strong, and his descriptions on everything from the Black Hats to the battlefield are done in such a way that you feel like you are there watching it all unfold. I bought this book from the author at a convention in Kentucky and am so very glad that I did. He was ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book transports you to a world that is well thought out and complete. It is a great mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I have already told several people about this book and am looking forward to others in the series.
Mysti Parker
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Really great start to an imaginative sci-fi steam punk series. Review to come in the Sept issue of SQMag***
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must READ!!!
Jessica Billings
The cover alone of this book had me intrigued and The League of Elder did not disappoint. With an intensely rich background and setting, the book immediately gripped my attention with a strange description of something powerfully evil, waiting and watching: a haunting foreshadowing. In a classic story of good vs. evil, Ren Garcia takes a new twist with a main character intent on "turning" the ones who are supposed to be evil, bringing out the good in them. Although he initially must defy everyon ...more
Shannon McRoberts
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have little to no words to describe the love I have for this book. I really liked the characters and the backgrounds. There was only 1 chapter in the whole thing that I did not enjoy, but that's just me. This book introduces you to the world of Elder and makes you want to know more about the "blue" and "brown" caste system Ren has set up. Action, adventure, romance, lust, and super cool powers in an alien retro-futuristic world. Looking for brave women? Looking for dashing heroes? How about a ...more
Chantal Boudreau
I had originally posted a review for this when I first read it, but that review seems to have vanished from existence. It was a great intro for the series, and if I remember correctly my first review I compared it to those high action cliff-hanger serials with larger-than-life heroes and plenty of thrills and excitement, emotion and drama. It was a fun book, with some very dark moments and its fair share of intrigue. I think this book tapped into the kind of story Mr. Garcia could bring to the t ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book out of order, but that just made it feel like a prequel. Great characters, fantastic worlds, all the sci-fi has rules, technology explained, and ART. Did I mention there's art in the book. Hopefully it won't detract from your preconceived notions of how some of our heroes are depicted. There's a bit of naughtiness involved, but it's not x-rated. The fights are well scripted, the scenes on the bridge are fast and frantic. There are defined classes of folk and it helps keep the id ...more
Jennifer Zamora
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first of this kind Ive been able to read in a long time, and I really enjoyed the chance to change things up a bit. I love the way this world and its characters come together. I really enjoyed the mix of Sci-fi and fantasy. Space ships, and demons oh my! The way the author was able to have it all flow together showed real talent.
I did enjoy that connection between Sygillis and Davage. I thought the story flowed well around the always present battle between
Justine Hedman
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters are not only fun and full of life, but the world Ren creates is fantasical and fabulous. I loved every minute I spent in his world, and though it seldom happens, this was litterally a book I couldn't put down!
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Ren Garcia, the author of the League of Elder Series, graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in literature. He enjoys playing volleyball and ice hockey and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and their four dogs. You can check out Ren’s website at, or his blog at http://thetempleoftheexplodinghead.wo... .
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