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The Hazards of the Old Ones by [Garcia, Ren ]
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"Life ends, new life is born. Everything balances.

When Carahil, an Elemental Spirit, witnesses the destruction of an entire world, he’s faced with the ultimate question: how far is he willing to go to save it?

Carahil will gather friends-like Lord and Countess Blanchefort, renowned Fleet Captain and ex-Black Hat, to help. He’ll destroy lives, like that of Captain Davage’s best friend and first officer, Lt. Kilos, who is made to quit her job aboard the Seeker and go into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones: a place where only she can stand. Carahil will also search out disreputable sources like the scalawag Duke of Oyln, who has something malicious and wailing locked away in his dungeon.

To make matters worse, hidden forces threaten to destroy everyone Carahil needs to help him. Ominous messages from nowhere, surprise visits, phantom people and taunting voices complicate matters.

However, the most dangerous threat to this mission could be Carahil himself, who faces demonic transformation for getting involved and may upset the cosmic Scales of the Universe in a bad way. Carahil, though struggling to achieve a greater good, might be the cause of a horrific tragedy instead.

Hell awaits should he fail."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3955 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098256533X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (16 August 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, if longish, story! 26 January 2016
By Kenneth R. Morris - Published on
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I picked up this book, not knowing until later that it wasn’t the first in the series. With that said, it stands alone in its own right. Characters are introduced, technology is shown and explained, conflicts and history described. Everything you need to delve into the writer’s world. The main characters are fleshed out and shown all their flaws and bright spots. Interactions are believable, locations are visualized, even the relationships build and change throughout. Epic storytelling in a sci-fi universe. Please, if you have read the early books, keep on reading with this one. If you simply pick this one first, know that you won’t be lost.
5.0 out of 5 stars It will steal your heart... 14 April 2011
By Chantal Boudreau - Published on
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I thought I had posted a review for this, but apparently not - shame on me for the delay. I love Ren's work, he is a fabulous writer, and while I really enjoyed his first book, it fades a little in comparison to this book. While the first book was fun and dynamic, thanks to Ren's beautifully complex world-building skills (he is a master craftsman) and knack for colourful characters, he reached a new level in Hazards. He takes the story and pushes it past reason so that it captures your heart. The characters are vivid and multi-dimensional with great spirit, be they villain, hero or somewhere in-between. His story is elaborate and takes you places you wouldn't have imagined. You grow fond of some of the characters and absolutely fall in love with others, cheering them on, and sharing in their miseries. I prefer not to delve much into the story during reviews, because I don't like providing spoilers, but Mr. Garcia definitely throws poor Carahil into a nasty dilemma, and it is particularly interesting to see how he handles it, realizing that he cannot deal with the problem all on his own - that is what friends are for, after all. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys genre fiction and even to those who are more mainstream but who are willing to stretch their boundaries.
3.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favorite authors 15 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I started with a free Kindle download of the Belmont Saga. It got me hooked on Ren Garcia. I went back and found League of Elder and The Hazards of the Old Ones. Some new weird mythos added but still an enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hazards of the Old Ones 20 September 2016
By Lauren Jones - Published on
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“Look at me and see what is to come…” his twin said again. He didn’t want to look, but his evil twin insisted. “Look, look. See the dying. Listen to the screaming… Can you hear it?” Can you hear it? He looked into his twin’s wide eyes and saw everything. So much death, so much loss under purple skies and upon sandy ground. He listened to dying mouths praying to be saved. “Save us!” “Save us! Who will save us?” “What have we done to deserve this?” He stood there on his haunches and wept, unable to turn away. “You can save them,” he said. “None of this has to be. Simply go there and perform a miracle, listen to their praise. They will love you. They will lift their cups and call you a god. Be a god for them…and set me free.” “I can’t—I can’t simply save a bunch of people, I’ll become a demon! I’ll go to the Windage!”

What would you do if someone came to you and said that many others were in danger and needed you to save them? What if you weren’t allowed to save them—but had to watch as they suffered? This author shares an entire universe of adventure and mystery with his readers, one filled with creativity and depth. What will be the outcome of unlikely friends, lovers, criminals and those who they rule over?

Davage and Lt Kilos are out on business throughout the year, attending to different necessities in space and on different planets. While they are away, Carahil (an elemental spirit created by Lady Poe) is visited by what seems like his twin, telling him that many people will suffer and die if he doesn’t set him free. He comes up with the brilliant idea of having others assist him, like Lord and Countess Blanchfort (a once Black Hat, changed into Silver Tech), Lt Kilos and the Duke of Olyn (a scalawag). Being faced with a dangerous ultimatum, what will become of this adventure, especially with the all-powerful sisters making unwelcome appearances and notes appearing from an unknown source named “M”, warning them all of danger and death? Where will this journey lead and how can they overcome the obstacles?

Garcia has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness. At first, the pace may seem a bit slow, but it does pick up speed once the characters become familiarized. There are little to no errors, making it an easy read…but it is a lengthy book. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The little god that could 6 October 2010
By SiamSam - Published on
The Hazards of the Old Ones succeeds in being several things at once: a morality tale, an actioner, a story of self-discovery, and, above all else, a story with a heart.

An Elemental Spirit named Carahil discovers a whole planet is soon to be destroyed, and he embarks on a quest to save it. Problem: the Universal rules of balance dictate that he, as a god, cannot directly save it himself, otherwise the planet will simply be destroyed in a different, more horrible way later. Another Problem: should he try anyway and fail, then he'll be cast down into hell (The Windage of Kind) and be turned into a demon for his trouble.

The story then develops as to how Carahil gets other "mortal" people to save the planet for him.

Full of memorable characters and amazing action, the story is fun, bittersweet, exciting, and occasionally brutal and grotesque. Carahil, the little god who wanted to save a planet of strangers, is the heart of the story and is so lively, it's almost as if he jumps off the page and crawls into bed with you as you read.

SPOILER--It isn't until the very end of the story that the reader learns that the title: "The Hazards of the Old Ones" has a dual meaning. One, it's a scary place the characters visit during the course of the adventure. 2)-- It also means that one of the greatest hazards of being an Old One (a god) is to care too much.

A must read for those who actually enjoy a "good" good guy.