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:
Author: Lauren L. Garcia
Date of publication: July 22nd 2016
Number of pages: 292
Where the book can be found:
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Catalyst Moon
Incursion – Book 1
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
Trouble is brewing in Whitewater City where Kali, a crippled mage must meet with a powerful healer. Together with her escort, Stonewall – a man with nothing left but his own name, they must defeat bloodthirsty bandits. But with every strife comes a discovery of new landscapes within each other’s hearts.
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 go out. I was fascinated by it.
The overall story was great. Mage is getting transferred from old bastillion to a new one and her envoy gets attacked. Desperate to protect herself and the sentinels who is protecting her, she somehow does magic through her bonds and transports them far away from the scene of the battle.
Now, if the author had continued and just wrote the story just from Kalinda/Stonewall’s perspective, it would have been boring. I think adding maybe Gideon/Eris story would have completed the story. But when you get into Milo/Flint’s issues and all of the other secondary characters and then it becomes confusing and drags the story down.
I really did like Kali and Stonewall’s characters and I did like the fact that the author did a slow burn for the romance instead of Instalove. But I didn’t feel them as a couple….at all. Maybe because the romance was later on in the book and she was taken away from him before they could bump uglies. To be honest, I’m not too sure if they did have sex. The scene where they were in the inn and making out really didn’t say if they didn’t or not. I went with no but I could be wrong. It was very vaguely written.
The book ended like I thought it would. There was no huge twist and I did see what happened coming from a mile away. With the way the book ended, there was no doubt that there is a 2nd book coming.
How many stars will I give Incursion? 3/3.5
Why? A wonderfully written story that was a quick read. A little predictable at times and a little vague (see above) at times. But definitely keeps you focused on the book.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Teens on up
Why? Violence and maybe sex that was very vague.