A far away star supernovas and sends waves of force and change rippling through the cosmos. The waves crash into Sarnen Karnea’s world and thrust him into a deadly struggle to keep his loved ones from harm and to keep a secret about his son from the Zangava Empire.
The waves awaken new and old forms of consciousness, and stir ancient primordial resentments, that threaten to destabilize the Empire’s dominance in the world. Challengers from across the ocean, and from under it, seek to capitalize on newly developing Imperial problems.
Like the Empire, Sarnen must adapt to survive, and must ask himself which of his virtues he is willing to deny in order to reach his goals.
Rating 4 / 5 Stars.
Charles Lominec has created a interesting world of creatures, non-human and human races. The merchant Sarnen Karnea dreams of the day he can retire, stay with his family in one place and keep away from the politics of the Zangava Empire. Journeying on his ship Windrider and making a profit is becoming harder. Even with the aid of his college friend Jorsana Faylen, Tutor to Lorgen his son,and retired Elemental Tutor.
The Elemental College has always helped kept peace and aided the people. The Elements of Water, Air, Earth, Fire, Flesh and Ether worked with by the Elemental Tutors. But things are stirring. Why can’t Fire be found and Air is becoming harder to deal with. Who is causing beasts and the other races to attack without provocation, leaving death in their wake? What are the other dark Elements discovered and used in this destruction?
I found this book to be an enjoyable and different type of fantasy read. The characters are wonderful, especially Sarnen and Lorden. The world and its cultures are unique and intriguing. Charles writes with a nice rhythm that keeps the tale rolling along from one scene to the next. I am looking forward to the second book in A Chronicle of Consequence.
CHARLES LOMINEC PROFILE
My five-year-old daughter asked me to attach a small knit blanket to her shirt so she could have a cape. Once the cape was secure, she turned on me and began an epic battle. Her little fists punched with imaginary yet primordial force as she proclaimed, “I’m going to take you to jail bad guy!”
It was a concentrated dose of joy to see my daughter love the same stories that I love. Super-heroes, science-fiction, modern and historic fantasy have all held special places in my heart and have inspired my imagination for a world better than the one we have.
While studying Philosophy and History at Florida State University, I spent a lot of my free time writing stories for numerous role-playing games with which I was involved. Eventually, I took my love for Philosophy, story-telling, and writing; and wrote my debut novel.
I think we’re living in a fantastic time where the predictions of our sci-fi fore fathers are coming true or close to coming true. Continuing exponential advances in technology, medicine, and our understanding of our cosmos stands ready to propel our species forward to an exciting future. Our potential for greatness is tempered by our equal potential for self-destruction. The same advances promising to send us forward could hurl us drastically backwards.
In order to tip the balance toward greatness, we need to reawaken humanity’s imagination and love of learning. We also need to encourage empathy and compassion for not only other humans, but all the lifeforms that share existence with us.
BCN: When did you realize you wanted to write? Is it something that you have done since childhood, or was there something that happened in adulthood that caused you to start?
CL: I started creating stories at eighth grade when I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing games. I got better at creating stories as time progressed, to the point where I found myself running games more often than playing: which suited me just fine. By the time I was in college, gamer people, who I didn’t even know, were looking me up to ask about joining my games.
After college I decided that I had read enough and learned enough to start writing a novel. I wrote a few chapters of a D&D/Planescape novel, a few chapters of a modern super-hero tale, and then some initial chapters of what would later evolve into Elemental Rancor. Though I was creating stories since childhood, I hadn’t considered myself a serious writer until 2002.
BCN: What author’s or books have you have found inspirational?
CL: George RR Martin’s depth of character; Tom Clancy’s military detail; The dialogue style in Plato’s The Republic; The eloquent prose of The Federalist Papers; The political viciousness of Machiavelli’s The Prince. I’ve done a lot of reading over the years, but I think these stand out of my most inspirational.
BCN: Do you stick to a routine when writing? Or does spontaneity help the creative process? Does being a family man help or hinder?
CL: I belong to an online writing group. We post our daily activities: word count, proofreading, research in book marketing, etc. My personal rule is to meet my daily word quota before I allow myself TV or video game.
My family is more of an inspiration than a hindrance. Sarnen’s family is modelled after my own. Though there are times when I have to close my laptop to attend imaginary tea parties, but that’s ok. The tea is quite excellent.
BCN: How do your ideas come to you? Some writers have dreams, some hear a phrase or a story from history. What has given you that “Yes!” moment?
CL: I wish I could just dream my stories. That would make the process less tedious. I get the majority of my ideas from current events, history, philosophy, science, and my own vision. My “Yes!” moments come when all those elements fit nicely together. The development of The Magmanoid was a good example of a “Yes!” moment.
BCN: Now that Elemental Rancor is out and being discovered , can you reveal what is in the pipeline for us to enjoy next?
CL: I’m working on the sequel: currently on chapter 4. I also see a sci-fi project in the future. I’m collaborating with a friend on a series of short stories. Those who like Elemental Rancor have a lot to look forward to.
BCN. And last but not least, What is your favourite cake?
CL: Cheese cake.
BCN: Thank you very much Charles.
CL: Thank you. I’m delighted to work with Bloody Cake. I’ve become quite the fan.
by Leanne Ellis