Book number two in the ‘Chronicles of the Pale’ series was just as enjoyable, if not more so, than the first (reviewed here).
One of Rhoden’s skills lies in addressing some pretty big ideas in a very accessible way; politics, religion, culture clash and -shock, outsiders / insiders, and what sort of impact a single individual can have on the world.
She also writes very relatable characters (despite some of them being dogs, horses, or even cyborgs). I said in my review of the first in the series that the characterisation is strong – I have found myself really investing in their wellbeing. There were also some genuinely touching moments and gently deft strokes of pathos.
All of this is set against the background of a solidly fleshed-out world which has a beautiful simplicity to it (perhaps inspired by the Australian landscape that Rohden lives within) – and which is all too believable in its sere lack of verdancy.
Compelling, intelligent, nuanced SF.
I look forward to continuing the journey.
The safe world of the Pale is under threat.
Inside the policosmos, the new Regent Adaeze strives for dominance over the all-powerful Senior Forecaster, but the Pale’s humachine citizens are unaware that their city is close to collapse.
Outside on Broad Plain, the exiled human Hector undertakes a dangerous trek to find a safe haven for the orphaned twins.
How can anyone survive as their world shifts underneath them?
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