Catalyst Moon: Incursion (The Catalyst Moon Saga Book 1), by Lauren L. Garcia
292 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 37 reviews

"Author Lauren L. Garcia writes an intriguing saga of a fantasy world where sentinels, mages, and magical forces provide plenty of engaging scenarios that will keep you entertained. Developed characters and plots, Garcia provides substance to each character. The saga begins with Gray, the steady sentinel tugging at captive Kali Halcyon, the heroic mage. The drama continues as Kali begins her journey. "Gray was a few paces away, bleeding from a cut on her temple, holding the reins of a trio of wide-eyed horses with one hand while her other gripped her sword." A fun, epic adventure that you will recommend to your friends." -- Amazon Reviewer
Winner of Inkitt's Dreamlands contest, this is the first book in an exciting new fantasy series.

Kali and Stonewall have to find a way to work together in order to survive, but she's a mage and he's taken an oath to protect the world from magic.

Magic is new to the country of Aredia. Mages are enslaved for their abilities, locked behind high walls and guarded by sentinels - elite warriors with an unnatural immunity to magic.

Kali, a crippled mage who longs to escape her painful past, travels to meet a powerful healer in Whitewater City. But on the way her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous raiders, leaving her with a single guardian, Stonewall: a sentinel with nothing but his chosen name and his faith in the gods. Together, Kali and Stonewall must learn to work together to survive a harrowing journey while demonic creatures from the north invade their lands.

Meanwhile, the mages and sentinels of Whitewater City are drawing battle lines and preparing for war - against one another.

What will await them should they ever reach their destination?


"I love the world-building--"burnies," the sentinels, the fifth tiers, how the mages work with magic, etc. It was fun to get inside Kali and Stonewall's heads, along with Milo and even Commander Talon, scary as she seems. I can't wait to read future installments!" - Kassie Grace

"Loved the world, pace and characters, loves it all! From the mystery and plight of Kali to the awesome ethical dilemma of Stonewall, I can't wait to see where their paths take them. There is magic but it's with a light touch, which is the way I like it! Character driven page turner, I need more!" - WD40

"Fantasy is not usually my go-to genre, but I couldn't put this book down since I came across it. Overall, the plot was described beautifully and characters were developed in a way that made readers attached to them, fearing for their safety at every twist and turn. Would definitely recommend to all my fantasy loving friends." - Vanessa C.

"Definitely a page-turner. A read for one of those rainy days, to just burry yourself under your blanket and follow the fantastic adventures of Kali and Stonewall." - Danielle

About the Author

Lauren has been a storyteller all her life. She started writing down her stories at the age of twelve; two decades and over two million words later, she shows no sign of stopping. While living in various fantasy worlds of her own making, Lauren earned a BA in English Literature and married her high school sweetheart. She currently resides in North Florida with her husband, where she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, kayaking, and dancing at music fest.

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Meet the Author

I've been a storyteller all my life. I started writing down my stories at the age of twelve; two decades and over two million words later, I'm still going. My writing process often begins with a question: what if? Hot on the heels of those two words, other questions like "how?" and "why?" will follow. Inspiration comes from everywhere, though music compels my muse like nothing else. Sometimes a song will strike me, and I won't know why until I'm working on a particular character or scene; then, everything will crystallize in my mind. "Of course! This is how it should go."

If you spend enough time listening to writers talking about writing, you'll probably hear that there are two kinds of fiction writers: architects, (who plan and structure every detail), and gardeners, (who tend a few seeds of ideas and watch them grow.) I fall into both categories, though I lean more toward being a "gardener." I have endgames in mind, but often the path to reach them is a quest of discovery on my part!
Honestly, Neil Gaiman says it best: "The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it's about and why you're doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising…and it's magic and wonderful and strange." My work is extremely character-driven; they are the heart and soul of my stories, and much of my story crafting is centered around them. As a matter of fact, In addition to Incursion and its subsequent stories, (tentatively titled Breach, Storm, and Surrender), I have about four or five other stories outlined, taking place at various points in the world's history, with more ideas in the awnings. My hope is to create a fantasy world of dazzling breadth, so stick around. The fun is just beginning.

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