Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia
Published July 15th 2016
Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review
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 their oath: Honor. Service. Sacrifice. Kali, a crippled mage, travels to Whitewater City to meet with a powerful healer. When her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous bandits, she is left in the company of a single sentinel, Stonewall, a man with nothing left but his chosen name and his faith in the gods. Together, they must survive demonic creatures, bloodthirsty nomads, and a strange magic never seen before. But with every strife comes a discovery of new landscapes within each other’s hearts.
This book is set in a fantasy world where mages are considered very dangerous and because of that, they are kept in prison-like conditions and are treated like criminals.
The story is about Kali, a young mage that wants to change garrison, so she’s transferred to Whitewater. Along the way she gets to know Stonewall, a Sentinel whose job is to get her to her destination safely.
The plot also focuses in two other groups, Gideon and Eris, husband and wife living in Whitewater City that are fighting for freedom and Flint and Milo, two twins very different from each other that are Sentinels in the Whitewater garrison.
In the beginning of the book, it was hard to assimilate everything because, in the first chapters, the author introduces tons of characters and places. As soon as I got the hang of it I couldn´t stop reading. The plot is really intense because there’s a lot of characters and there was always something happening.
First of all I’m going to talk about Kali and Stonewall. I absolutely adored their part in the book. The way she helped him see his duty, the way she made him question the foundation of his oath really made me love the book and made it harder to put it down. I feel like everyone makes mistakes but changing your lifelong beliefs, like Stonewall did, takes a lot of courage and strength.
Secondly, Gideon and Eris. This couple was really special and I feel like they are supposed to represent the “ideal marriage”. They are willing to do anything for the other but I was glad to see them disagreeing and discussing their issues. I feel like there is this notion that if they are the “ideal couple” they will never fight but I’m reluctant to agree and I’m glad to see fictional characters behaving like normal people and not some super great imaginary husband and wife. I really loved Gideon and Eris and I feel like they are an essencial part of the book.
Finally, Milo and Flint. I completely hated Flint. Maybe because me and my sister are so close, it really bothers me the way she treats her brother, Milo. I understand the way he feels, the need to be close to her and the fear of leaving her alone so it really affected me when she called him selfish. I get it that it is a way for her to cope but from that moment on, I could never like her.
The writing style of the author was amazing, I was lost in the story every time I picked up the book. The intricate plot kept me reading for hours and I couldn’t believe it when I finished the book. In the end, I could clearly see that the story was not over, there’s still a lot of plot ahead and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
Rating: 5 stars