Dawn of the Construct
Live. Die. Feed the Machine.
Earth is a prison and you're living in it. It's called The Construct and its keepers carefully manage the rise and fall of humanity in order to extract soul energy to fuel the galactic expansion of an alien race... but we'll get to that.
When an enigmatic magic known as the Astrig Ka'a turns D'avry's life upside down, he finds himself in a struggle to save humanity, not only in his own time and place but throughout Earth's untold histories as well - histories replete with mechanized armor, steampunk airships, wolf-borne goblins, and creatures crafted from the very void between worlds. Now D'avry's dreams have become a playground for this world-bending chaos. When he saves the girl of his dreams, in one of his dreams, he inadvertently brings her back and must figure out what the Astrig Ka'a is trying to tell him and why the keepers of the Construct want so badly to kill a crippled girl from the future. The answer to these questions may be the only hope that humanity has, not just to escape its prison, but to survive as a species.
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Author Eric Lard balances the three different worlds through a conversational, anachronistic writing style. It’s somewhat reminiscent of The Hobbit, paving the way for a grand adventure interspersed with side quests that flirt with horror or thriller vibes. Dawn of the Construct feels like an intriguing experiment with potential for the next book in the series. There’s an existential threat in D’Avry’s world here, yet it’s just the first step to a much larger, multiversal conflict in The Soul Machine Saga. Aurealis #160 (May 2023) ~ Aurealis, Review
5 out of 5 Stars Dawn of The Construct was a bonafide page-turner. The way the different characters, bred from different genres, came together was nothing short of brilliant and exciting to follow along as the storyline unfolded. A great start to what I can only imagine will continue into a wonderful series! A+++ from me. ~ KRSnyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable. Grabbed me from the first line It's hard to believe this is a debut. Super vivid prose. Dynamic characters. Unique magic system. What a great ride! I can't wait for the next book. ~ Joan Nord, Amazon
From the first line of the blurb, I knew I needed to read this book, "Earth is a prison and you're living in it". This was a really enjoyable read and a great first entry into the Soul Machine Saga, this is more than just a Fantasy/Sci-Fi hybrid, this is like a brilliant high Sci-Fi with Fantasy elements. Following 3 storylines that are all connected and it works!..... ~ Eleanor Breakspear, NetGalley
Tension-filled, uniquely crafted and definitely a one-of-a-kind novel with characters that you won’t often meet. JUST REVIEWS ~ Just Reviews, Review
Running at just under 300 pages, once you get into it, there is simply no stopping as Lard cleverly constructs each closing chapter with a pinch of curiosity for what is to come and thus you just have no option but to keep reading! Complete with a well-paced story line, and one, even given its three dimensions, that doesn’t come off the rails or lose you at any juncture, this is very much a high stakes story complete with pulsatingly-induced, accelerated moments of action, and thus Dawn of the Construct: Book 1 not only promises to be an action-packed saga, but here in its opening works, delivers upon it in spades. FULL REVIEW: https://annecarlini.com/ex_books.php?id=380 ~ Exclusive Magazine, Review
Loved it! A fantasy/sci-fi hybrid set in a trio of timelines featuring reluctant heroes and a refreshing take on magic. Well-paced, with high stakes and rapid action, Dawn of the Construct...promises to be an action-packed saga ~ Joey Madia, Reedsy Discovery
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Outing Eric Lard's first outing with the Soul Machine is a detailed and intricate story that weaves multiple plot lines together into an overarching story. I found it a little difficult to get into in the very beginning, but it coalesces nicely as the story progresses and by the end it was pulling me along, wanting more. Dawn of the Construct is definitely worth your time. ~ Dan Willis - Best-selling author of The Arcane Casebook Series
Dawn of the Construct is Epic Sci-Fi. A MUST-READ! ~ G L Davies - Harvest: The True Story of Alien abduction, Review
"Dawn of the Construct is an epic like no other, and Lard’s style is relentless and suspenseful throughout." ~ Seth Halleway - Author of Fable's End: A Shentonia Story