Title: Requiem’s Reach:
Author: R.M. Garino
Conspiracy… subterfuge … darkness and death.
From here we venture forth with our tears unwept. We fight to survive, losing our pieces along the way. Salvation is a high price, that some can’t afford to pay.
Welcome to where the chaos begins.
Malachite believes he has found the location of the fabled lost city of Raqui.
It exists only as shards of mythology, relegated to mad ravings in obscure texts. But he believes this is the safe haven his people seek.
He recruits a small company for the expedition, but death hides amongst their numbers.
Now, they must survive the fall of their homeland and destroy the Lo’ademn, to align the two realms and open the Gates of Golorath.
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Even though the Chaos of Souls Novella Series can be read on their own, they connect you to the main series. We explore characters from our world whose stories need to be told. This series brings these side stories to life, at the same time deepening and enriching the main series.
As always with Garino’s books, there is plenty to love here. When we first open this book, we’re introduced to a world where Angels have been banished from Heaven and now live in a variety of Realms between their old home and Earth. There are a variety of different angels, each of them holding an important role. Citizens of the city of Sa’Doran depend on a shield to keep their city safe from the dangers lurking just outside. This plan won’t last though, and the city is looking for ways of evacuating the city. Before the can, trouble emerges in the form of two powerful demons who chase a band of angels into the new realm.
Worldbuilding in this story is very complex, but very well done. It took me a little bit to get my worlds and beings sorted out, but once I did, it was a very enjoyable read. Even though I’ve read Gates of Golorath, I found that this story offered a unique backstory of the world as I have come to know it. Just like in Golorath, the battle scenes in this story are all very well fleshed out and so are the characters.
There is a lot going on, and it can be a little tough to follow at times. I recommend reading this book more than once. I found that with the information I had from the first readthrough, it made the second readthrough easier to understand the story more enjoyable. I could easily see this as a television series.