Upon reading a series like this, I sometimes wish I included spoilers in my reviews; I would love to enthuse about some of the characters that the reader meets and some of the events that the reader sees unfolding. However, I am always loth to give away plot details, so this review shall be necessarily both short and slightly generalised.
The world-building is, as ever, excellent – well thought-out, compelling and easy to understand. The characterisation is, of course, still very strong; we are really interested in these characters and truly invest in their trials and successes.
This series has a lot to offer – not least the heart that seems to be prevalent in Rhoden’s work. There is a real sense of hope through despair, and light against the dark.
My only qualm about this novel, and it is a doubled-edged qualm, was that it didn’t feel like a conclusion to the series. We’ve all had that sigh when we’ve got to the end of a particularly good read but I didn’t experience that here (though I really wanted to, as the books are great). Because I would love to read more about these characters, not all of the loose ends were satisfactorily resolved, and there didn’t seem enough of a denouement. Given Rhoden’s obvious capability, I can only assume that this open-endedness is deliberate and that further instalments may be forthcoming; however, in this instance, and much as I liked reading it, I was left dissatisfied with what she has said is the final novel in the story. Time will tell.
The Ruined Land:
Where do you run when your world collapses?
Exiled from the Pale, humachine Hector has found a home with the tribes Outside.
Or has he?
While the canini struggle to care for the human twins, Feather travels Broad Plain to reunite them with their father. But his own family is scattered as the Pale sends out its terrifying army and the land itself buckles beneath them.
Can anyone survive the ruination of the land?
In this gripping conclusion to the Chronicles of the Pale, the citizens of the mighty Pale have as much to lose as the communities of the Outside.
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