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(Catalyst Moon #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The One god shaped the world to exist in perfect harmony...until Seren, the second moon appeared, bringing magic and throwing humanity into chaos. Now, mages are captives, guarded by high walls and highly-trained sentinels, men and women who ingest a dangerous substance to gain an immunity to magic. Only then can they protect the world from the magic-users and abide by the ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published July 22nd 2016 by Inkitt
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Archit Ojha
4 boom stars!

Set in the dystopian world, the first book in Catalyst Moon series, Incursion took me by surprise.

Plot :

The story unfolds itself with Kali, a mage who is shackled inside a cage and is being transported to Whitewater City. Mages are the creatures that need to be kept away from the rest of the world. They are guarded by the Sentinels. Their task is to protect mage from other people and people from mages. Kali somehow succeeds in escaping from these Sentinels but in the end gets trap
Whispering Stories
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– Above all other things, this is a story about love –
Ms. Garcia spins a tale of the Sentinels sworn to protect the world from the Mages. Kept in city’s locked away from the world Mages are feared, despised. As a Sentinel and Mage head to their destination eyes are opened truths are seen and problems old and new are shown in a new light. Their adventures are eye opening for both of them. As they face the world, an unlikely love unfolds. The thing I l
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, owns
Incursion (Catalyst Moon #1) is a young adult fantasy novel by Lauren L. Garcia. The moment you start reading this book, you know that you are in the full action field. There's no going back. The author is about to thrill you with constant twists and turns and that you are going to have a great time reading her book.

I liked how she described all the characters. Specially the protagonist, Kali. She has fabulously presented her work which I will recommend to any other fantasy admirer. Her characte
W. Gregory Kett
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caveat Lector: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

4.5 stars really.
Ms. Garcia was an unknown author, and I had no expectations going in. I intentionally didn't read the blurb.
By the end of the first chapter I was intrigued, and by 25% had already decided to read the sequel when that comes out.

The book was almost entirely error free, which was a pleasant surprise for a work of this pricing.

The characters, Main and Secondary, are well developed, and none that has c
John Piper
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, for an honest review.

Mages are kept locked away from the rest of the world. Guarded by Sentinels, who protect the people from the mages, and the mages from the people. Really mages are held prisoner. They have no freedoms. Kali is a mage being transferred to Whitewater City. There are eight Sentinels to guard her, and she is shackled inside a carriage. The group is attacked and one of the Sentinels, Stonewall grabs Kali and they get away on a h
Gina McKnight
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Author Lauren L. Garcia writes an intriguing saga of a fantasy world where sentinels, mages, and magical forces provide plenty of engaging scenarios that will keep you entertained. Developed characters and plots, Garcia provides substance to each character. The saga begins with Gray, the steady sentinel tugging at captive Kali Halcyon, the heroic mage. The drama continues as Kali begins her journey. "Gray was a few paces away, bleeding from a cut on her temple, holding the reins of a trio of wid ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
***3.5 heretic stars***

This book to me was very confusing and seemed slow the first half of the book. It wasn't a "bad" read...just not really for me.

I found myself lost a lot but still couldn't stop reading till the end so I could find out what happened.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fille ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Catalyst Moon: Incursion (The Catalyst Moon Saga Book 1) is a well crafted Science Fiction & Fantasy novel. And I would imagine that fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scene
Lake Reviews
I received this ebook for free from the publisher for an honest review. I have to let you know it is a slow read since it is the start of a new series we need more information to process certain scenes that happen. Do we know everything that really is going on in the book no. However, Lauren did a wonderful job of writing in third person point of view and jumping to different characters during Catalyst Moon. It gave us, the readers, more insight on what was happening. I understand why we were ju ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed...

I don't read much fantasy but was asked to give this a try. After working my way through learning all the names enough to keep them straight and learning their particular jargon, I found I really liked this story. There are some errors missed by the editor, but nothing major I couldn't get passed and they were few and far between.

This story is unlike anything I've read before. It takes place on a fictional Earth with fictional races of humans. I don't normally do well reading
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and fun to read. already downloaded book 2

Well written, Likable characters, moderate adult language and tasteful romantic encounters. Nothing too explicit (Thank you to the author) as I enjoy reading good entertaining literature not soft porn.
Stonewall is a great. Behind every lead woman character that can potentially destroy the status quo, there needs to be a warrior like him. He's definitely my favorite character. I also enjoyed how many different ways prejudice, pride, honor and
Rick Yvanovich
Like a fire starting it builds up to a slow roar.
Author asked me to read and review, makes a change to the usual business and self help books I'm offered! Once started this was hard to put down helped by a delayed flight. Glad I read it as there's a good foundation for several more books to follow for multiple characters - looking forward to more
Jacqueline Gammon
A Breath of Fresh this story of more than just Magic and Intrigue!

This story is full of a new imagination that We readers have been looking for. And more so is the fluidity in which this writer weaves her own magic with her descriptive writing.
Stephanie M.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a free copy in exchange for a honest review.

Catalyst Moon: Incursion is a high intensity journey through undiscovered territory. As a Mage, Kali has never roamed far from her prison. She yearns for nothing more then an escape from her painful past- even if that means only a transfer to another facility to mend what is broken. With high hopes and an eager mind she embarks on a simple journey that turns out to be a deadly nightmare.

Stonewall has nothing but his faith, duty, service and
Laura P.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
*E-arc provided via NetGally in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 1.5 stars

Let's go straight to the point: would I recommend this book? Mostly no. But Yes, to those looking for a fast and easy read and are OK with something highly unoriginal.
Let me elaborate...

Now, the writing style is clear and nice, although no very detailed it is still pleasant to read and kind of smooth. The pacing was all right---and here end all the positive things I can say about "Catalyst Moon".

The premise was
Maddy Martinelli
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank tumblr user chrissylvania for recommending this book to me and sending me a link to read it. Thank you! This was such an amazing read - the characters were all unique in their own way, and their development was written very smoothly and realistic. As soon as you begin reading the book, you are immediately thrown into the action and plot line, and are introduced to the main characters that you will be seeing throughout the book. There was never a dull moment while I wa ...more
L.K. Evans
For those who liked the Dragon Age storyline, you might find this interesting. It had a lot of the same elements to it: mages are feared and locked away in towers, rogue mages are hunted by sentinels, sentinels keep watch over mages and take an elixir to make them immune to magic. It’s been ages since I played the video game so I can’t say if there are more similarities, but the book felt very familiar to me.

The book follows a few different characters, all of whom seem fleshed out to a bare mini
I Reviewed this book for Whispering Stories Blog

Catalyst Moon : Incursion Review / 4.5 Stars

- Above all other things, this is a story about love -

Ms. Garcia spins a tale of the Sentinels sworn to protect the world from the Mages. Kept in city's locked away from the world Mages are feared, despised. As a Sentinel and Mage head to their destination eyes are opened truths are seen and problems old and new are shown in in a new light. Their adventures are eye opening for both of them. As they face
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first installment of an enjoyable saga, Catalyst Moon. I don't read many series, though, and this book reminds me of why. Incursion does a good job of setting up the characters, the world, and the conflicts, but the pace is leisurely and once things are really getting going, the book ends. I might read the next one, but I have so many other things to read in the meantime that it will be months if not years until I get around to it. I don't believe this book stands on its own.

If that
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
e-ARC provided by NetGalley.

Let's, for a moment, pretend that I'm not familiar with a video game series that sounds kind of like "Schmagon Schmage," which large parts of this novel and its setting resemble very strongly--far, far past the point where I'm willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Let's, for a moment, pretend that I've never even heard of those video games, let alone played a few hundred hours of them, and read the supplemental materials, and that I didn't spend my enti
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars

Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia was a fun little adventure and the first in a new series.

In this world magic users are considered dangerous and kept secluded in heavily guarded bastions, only allowed out when they are subdued with hematite cuffs.

There are sentinels who are dedicated soldiers who guard the mages and on occasion take them out to use their abilities for the benefit of the dominant society.

We are not given much information about this dominant society other tha
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an nice, interesting read. The lay of the land got me excited. I found Kali to be a surprise. Each time that she used her abilities there seemed to be something new that even Kali was learning about her full powers. Although, I agree with another reader that the use of the other characters calling Kali "Mage Halcyon" was confusing at first. This is because the author really did not it clear that Mage Halcyon and Kali were the same person. It was not until after about chapter 10 that Kali ...more
Nicole Lopez
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story on the positions of mages within a society

I was given a free copy of this book by the author is exchange for my honest review. Personally loved this book. It was interesting the way the author portrayed a mages role in society: how they were shunned and feared and even guarded. All considered lesser citizens despite the help they bring to the populace with their abilities. A new threat is in the rise with these "demon" Calderii who attack at will and with no seeming purpose. Hi
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

I enjoyed Catalyst Moon. it was original and interesting story. It told about a Mage and a Sentinel's journey and the problems they encountered on their way to Whitewater City.

It had a few typing errors but not enough to take away from the book. I am looking forward to part II so I can see what happens to Mage Halcyon and Sentinel Stonewall.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I recommend this book to everyone, it will keep you interested until the last page.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having been informed that folks of Inkitt, of which I have never heard, had programmed a robot to select bestsellers, I was intrigued when I was invited to review the very first book the robot selected.

At the time I write this, I am well into the second chapter and, Inkitt, you have to reprogram that robot because this book is boring.

For one thing, what on earth is going on? We are introduced to a mage, Kali, who is handcuffed with hematite cuffs which prevent her from using magic. Why is she h
Deanna Downs
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey this was pretty good!

The story takes place in a world where mages are second-class citizens with limited rights, who are kept confined to their houses except when the regular people need them for something. Our main character is Kalinda, a mage who's being transferred to another city in a prison wagon. The wagon is attacked and Kalinda ends up lost with one of the guards, Stonewall.

I liked the characters and the world building. It's interesting how little is known about magic in this world.
Donte McNeal
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Now, let's get to it!

Fantasy novels are some of my favorite to read, because they allow for the reader to lose themself in a new world...if done correctly that is. Catalyst Moon introduces us to a world where mages are feared and imprisoned, for all intents and purposes at least. The way that Garcia portrayed the way magic works in her world is really creative. It's one of the brighter spots of the story. The other would be the world.
Lora Shouse
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am somewhat undecided about this book. On the one hand, the grammar and syntax errors are minimal and not noticeable, and the overall writing is good. The world building is fairly consistent even though many things are barely touched on or left out altogether. It felt as if we are only touching the main story at one point rather than having the complete story. Since this is book 1, I presume the plan is for there to be other
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start my review, I would like to thank Inkitt for allowing me to review Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia.

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Incursion from Inkitt for free for my honest and unbiased review**

Now onto my review:

This book was very interesting for me to read at first. The thought of a society who feared mages (ie moon blood) and keeps them sequestered from the other people in bastillions and are bound and guarded by sentinels when they do g
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