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The Dead Held Hands (The Temple of the Exploding Head) by [Garcia, Ren]
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In the ruins of a distant castle a light comes on signaling the end of everything...
Kabyl, son of the famed Captain Davage, discovers the world around him is not as it seems. His beloved is a haunted woman full of secrets. She looks over her shoulder at things that are not there and dreads the dark. What is she so afraid of?
The Dead hold hands they say, and lend the living their power. Will they hold hands for Lord Kabyl as he ventures into the unknown?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1611 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Loconeal Publishing (23 November 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DGGV4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This book series has a very detailed world. That was the first impress I got from the reading.

I felt like the first book was mostly exposition. While only halfway through, I didn't think that I would normally bother to seek out the next two novels in the series. It wasn't until the end that the story really began to develop and pull my interest. It definitely ends on a cliff hanger.

I am interested in several elements of this story universe. There are moments when I feel like it has a steampunk taste. The different cultures are fascinating and I wish I was better able to visualize them (which is why I like the added sketches throughout). I love the concept of different abilities being born to different people.

I really am glad of the way this book ended. I finally found a unique minor character that I really liked and wanted to learn more about - for it held a strong similarity to a character I had created in one of my writings. That is one thing I like about the vast differences in characters included in this book. Each is unique in their own way so that different readers can relate or connect with them and be drawn in to finding out more.

A series cannot be successful without the reader wanting to follow the characters actions. If the reader will hold out and just finish this first book with all the exposition, I think they will have a character that they relate to and want to continue onward with through the series.

My favorite part of the whole book was when the reader discovers the meaning of the title. I have come to love books that are named after a particular phrase that is used within the book. This book title, although it sounds odd, has a beautiful message. It is found on page 184.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great series 15 April 2013
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Started slow but picked up towards the middle. Probably because the story spans all three books in the Temple trilogy. Well worth the time. I'm enjoying the story quite a bit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating setting 27 October 2016
By Secret Pearls Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book series has a very detailed world. That was the first impress I got from the reading.

I felt like the first book was mostly exposition. While only halfway through, I didn't think that I would normally bother to seek out the next two novels in the series. It wasn't until the end that the story really began to develop and pull my interest. It definitely ends on a cliff hanger.

I am interested in several elements of this story universe. There are moments when I feel like it has a steampunk taste. The different cultures are fascinating and I wish I was better able to visualize them (which is why I like the added sketches throughout). I love the concept of different abilities being born to different people.

I really am glad of the way this book ended. I finally found a unique minor character that I really liked and wanted to learn more about - for it held a strong similarity to a character I had created in one of my writings. That is one thing I like about the vast differences in characters included in this book. Each is unique in their own way so that different readers can relate or connect with them and be drawn in to finding out more.

A series cannot be successful without the reader wanting to follow the characters actions. If the reader will hold out and just finish this first book with all the exposition, I think they will have a character that they relate to and want to continue onward with through the series.

My favorite part of the whole book was when the reader discovers the meaning of the title. I have come to love books that are named after a particular phrase that is used within the book. This book title, although it sounds odd, has a beautiful message. It is found on page 184.

Do not be deterred by this first book, which is slow paced and little action. The second and third books made up for it with great sequences of events, fun developing characters, a great ending battle, and happy resolution. It truly creates a fascinating fantasy world.

Unfortunately, I don't think I could recommend this to my family and some of my friends to read because of the references to sex, sexual organs, and descriptive violence/gore. The people I associate with are mainly the conservative dress/language/content types. There are some friends I could consider recommending it to, but I feel I need to discuss their tastes in fantasy fiction first - just to make sure I don't offend them by making such a suggestion. But even with the content, I really liked it and hope readers are willing to look past some of the sexual/violent content to appreciate the fantasy world and enjoy the adventurous storyline.
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of mystery action, romance, fun, and suspense. 19 December 2013
By C. Peace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As the son of the famed and handsome Captain Davage of Blanchefort and his Countess, the formidable and former Black Hat, Sygillis of Metatron, young Lord Kabyl might have reasonably expected to inherit the potent Gifts of a great Vith Lord. After all, his sisters and brother have. Yet Kay can barely Waft, let alone use the Sight.

Lady Sammidoran, a Monaman Anuian, is determined to help Kay, her Arin-Dan, develop the Gifts he lacks. Yet Sam herself is pursued and persecuted by an unnamed, powerful enemy. Kay is going to need all the help his dead Ancestors can give him if he is to succeed, survive the Trial, and save the League from destruction.

The Dead Held Hands is a rite-of-passage story full of mystery, action, romance, fun, and suspense. The next novel in this sequence can’t come fast enough for me!

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