ARC REVIEW: Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence – by Charles Lominec

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Title: Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence
Author: Charles Lominec
Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction
First published: April 18th 2014
Finished reading: October 28th 2014
Pages: 417
Rating 4

“The changes are on a more subtle level, a change of consciousness which most humans cannot perceive. I do not believe it to be an unnatural change; change is part of reality.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Charles Lominec! ***

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I haven’t read many science-fiction novels so far… When I was contacted by Charles Lominec to read and review his novel, I saw it as a chance to broaden my literary horizon and read something ‘new’. And after reading Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence, I was nothing other than impressed by the way Lominec was able to build a quite impressive fantasy world. Like I said before, I don’t have a lot of experience reading sci-fi, but this mythical world full with elemental powers seems unique en is definitely interesting. I did have some difficulties following the many creatures and different characters in the story, but the overall plot and story is interesting enough to make me forget my problems with the confusing names and characters.

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Things are about to change in the Zangava Empire, and it doesn’t only affect Sarnen and his family. The elements are no longer in harmony and cannot be controlled as easily as before. The Tutors can see small changes that others might not perceive; Fire and Earth are starting to rebel, with enormous consequences… Changes that start with the Lanx attacking Sarnen’s ship, leaving Sarnen with no other choice than abandon his profession and search for a new life for his family.

His son Jorgen has recently developed a special power to overhear conversations even when the person in question is miles away… And Sarnen is trying to keep it a secret because he knows his child would be taken away to fulfill his duty to the Empire otherwise. But Jorgen befriends a little girl with a very special power unknown to her, and soon both are forced to work for the Empire. The girl can transform in an enormous and powerful tiger, and is being trained to fight and protect the country. And before long, she has to really test her powers as they are under attack… In the meantime, Earth and Fire create a new enemy for the Empire, and below water things are getting complicated as well. What will happen to Sarnen and his family under the threat of war? Will they be able to adapt to the changed and survive the consequences?

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I enjoyed reading about the Zangava Empire and could really appreciate the elaborate world building. I had some problems following the many different creatures and characters, especially when trying to remember their connection, but the names Lominec used made it easier. I also liked the philosophical touch of the story. All in all a pleasant read and recommended to those who enjoy sci-fi and appreciate some very impressive world building.

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WWW Wednesdays #16 – October 29th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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theshamI’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King a while ago, but I’ve put it aside for now because it just couldn’t grasp me. Plus, I had some other books I had to read first (including a few ARC’s)… Right now I’m reading The Sham by Ellen Allen, a novel that is not convincing me either so far… But since I’m only about 50 pages into the story, my opinion still can go either way.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

702018121964071I’ve finished One Day by David Nicholls last week, and it was definitely an interesting novel. A full review will be up tomorrow latest. I’ve also managed to finish Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec yesterday, an ARC and sci-fi novel with a very impressive world building… I should be having a review up before the weekend.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theelectI’m not sure, but it will be between the next ARC I have lined up or a book that I can fit both in the Bookish Bingo and Reading Through The Centuries challenge… The next ARC would be The Elect by Elle Todd, a very interesting story I’m looking forward to. As for the other option, my mind is going blank right now.

Teaser Tuesdays #18 – October 28th: Elemental Rancor

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’m currently reading an ARC sent to me by its author Charles Lominec named Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence. I like the way he is able to build a quite unique fantasy world, but I do have some difficulties following the many creatures and different characters. I have to admit though I don’t have a lot of experience reading sci-fi… I’m about half way into the story, and until now this mythical world full with elemental powers is interesting enough to make me forget my problems with the confusing names and characters.

21964071“The sight made him think of the thousands of sailors that died last night. He thought about the families that would never see loved ones again, the merchant ships now vulnerable to pirates without the Imperial fleet to secure the ocean, the threat that Kurnsol and his allies presented to the Empire, and his duty to the Empire.”

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #15 – October 22nd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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7020181I’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King last weekend, but then realized I needed to finish reading some other books I promised to lend out first. I’m crossing my fingers I will be finishing One Day by David Nicholls later today or tomorrow, because I promised to give it this Friday… It’s an interesting read so far and I definitely want to finish it before I lend it out.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI finished Hope’s Rebellion, an ARC written by Jade Varden, last week, and I’m in the process of writing a full review. I’ve also finishing A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer the other day, which I will post a review of before the end of the week… It seems like I have been reading quite a mix of genres lately.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

21964071To be honest, I have no idea. Did you ever had that feeling you have too many books you want to read at the same time? I guess that’s the problem I’m having at the moment…  I will probably settle for some pending ARC’s first, and read Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec… To be followed by something creepy to celebrate Halloween.