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The Temple of the Exploding Head by [Garcia, Ren]
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Length: 302 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A God In His Temple Is Invincible.

An outlaw and evil spirit, the Horned God confronts the gods themselves. From his Temple deep in the ground he is finally ready to act. A new Age of Blood could be in the offing.

Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort returns to his home with the pieces of The Machine in hand. He expects his love, Lady Sammidoran, will return to begin their life together as man and woman at last. However, the Horned God has other ideas and he pursues Lady Sammidoran without pause. As Lord Kabyl seeks to save his love from an insane god, all roads lead to the dreaded TEMPLE OF THE EXPLODING HEAD, where none emerge alive.

Elsewhere, Captain Davage and his Countess, Sygillis, find themselves lost deep in enemy territory where the Horned God’s horrific servants hold sway. Even if the Captain and Countess manage to return home to Kana in one piece, what will they find when they arrive?

The Temple of the Exploding Head saga concludes in this action-filled adventure of love and loss. In a place where even the gods fear to tread, how can naught but a tragedy be the outcome?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2091 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC (1 March 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GCDQ2Y
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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A simply wonderful ending to the trilogy. Do not be deceived by the first book, which is slow paced and little action. The second and third books made up for it either great sequences of events, fun developing characters, a great ending battle, and happy resolution. It truly creates a fascinating fantasy world.

I like all the different storyline and how they connect together. I felt it had a great resolution for all the characters. I had hoped to see more involvement with the younger sister, Hath. She seemed to have such a great build-up but it felt to me like she was left hanging with development possibilities.

I can't decide if I am happy or disappointed that this had a happy ending. I am quite the sucker for a happy ending, but it almost felt a bit too convenient that everything so easily could be fixed. But it was a challenge to finally get to that point so it all makes sense.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World-building Mastery 27 March 2012
By Chantal Boudreau - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes the anticipation of something is better than the actual results, but thankfully, this was not the case with Ren's latest work. I had been looking forward to the third and final act in the courtship of Lord Kabyl and Lady Sammidoranand I wasn't disappointed. Kay has met the challenges required to allow him to join with Sam and expects to return to his love, free to be with her, but it turns out that it's not that simple. There is something more insidious to face, now, something that extends beyond the regular boundaries of time and space, something that intends on twisting our heroes' fates to its own devices. Luckily, Kay is not alone in his struggles, with friends, family (his mother and father having strayed off into their own adventures before they reunite) and Carahil's allies to support his cause. They find the best way to target their enemy at the source, gather their allies and set off to take a stand, with dire consequences. There will be casualties...

If you want to know how this chapter of the series ends, you'll have to read it for yourself. This is another fantastic display of Ren's wonderful world-building talents, but one he integrates seamlessly into the story, with great mastery. His descriptions are vivid and extreme, but not overwhelming, his characters are bold and dynamic, but still very human, and he offers all aspects of feeling, from hope to suffering - and back again. He gives you heroes you have to root for, even when they make mistakes or act a little selfish, and he adds just enough humour to get you past the parts that are horribly grim or bleak.

When anyone asks me to suggest a good read, this series has always been one of the top ones I list and it continues to be that way with every new addition, unlike some series that get tired or boring after stretching its ideas as far as they will go. Ren manages to keep adding new ideas, keeping the story fresh and novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to an excellent series 30 June 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not disappointed at all. I enjoyed this entire series. I would recommend this to anyone that likes strong heroes in a fanciful future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resolution 27 October 2016
By Secret Pearls Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A simply wonderful ending to the trilogy. Do not be deceived by the first book, which is slow paced and little action. The second and third books made up for it either great sequences of events, fun developing characters, a great ending battle, and happy resolution. It truly creates a fascinating fantasy world.

I like all the different storyline and how they connect together. I felt it had a great resolution for all the characters. I had hoped to see more involvement with the younger sister, Hath. She seemed to have such a great build-up but it felt to me like she was left hanging with development possibilities.

I can't decide if I am happy or disappointed that this had a happy ending. I am quite the sucker for a happy ending, but it almost felt a bit too convenient that everything so easily could be fixed. But it was a challenge to finally get to that point so it all makes sense.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is detailed enough to make my head explode 25 October 2016
By Shannan Neff - Published on Amazon.com
The final book of the trilogy was no less intense than any other book of Ren's I've read yet. I loved that we got to meet the time keepers and the original Carahil and his pregnant partner Mabsornath in the prologue. Then we met the Horned One with Sam.
Even after completing the Trials, Kabyl and Sam can't seem to just start their lives together as husband and wife. It was so intense the adventures as they must save Sam from the insane God. The adventures of Davage and Syg, the hopes that the Oberphilliax can help bring Sam back to Kay despite her burial, the relationship between #44 and Kay as he grieves and so much more. All the different pieces combined into one super intense story that leaves me unable to wait to read more of Ren's wonderfully, highly creative universe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Moment 17 August 2012
By Christina Westover - Published on Amazon.com
In a grand finale which delivers enthusiasm, perilous adventures, and passionate dreaminess, The Temple Of The Exploding Head is a novel which readers will adore. Intricately woven together, this is a book about Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort as he faces his deepest fears--fears all of us share: needing to protect those we love from death, proceeding into the unknown with courage and faith, and the hope of love which is unpredictable, unstable, and everlasting. It is an epic tale of Time Travel, magic, and the mysteries to be found on the brightest of stars. Who's to say it will not one day come true--this story keeps your mind open to limitless possibilities.

If one thing is evident in Ren Garcia's writing, it is that he understands the concepts of timing and pacing--key elements which made this book frightening in much the same manner the first major dip in a rollercoaster does. The Temple Of The Exploding Head is a novel which will cause your hair to stand on end one minute, or cause you to smile wholeheartedly the next. The grand climax of this trilogy takes you to dark and darker places, while maintaining integrity and moments of humor which readers will find captivating. It is a journey which is both emotionally fulfilling and completely satisfying. The Temple Of The Exploding Head is a marvelous piece of art which is worth every penny and every moment invested in it! If it teaches its audience one thing, it is the message that "there is always hope." Five stars to this fantastic conclusion in The League of Elder Series--my favorite book this year!

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