Today it’s my turn on this three book BlogTour with the second book in The Chronicles of the Pale series, Broad Plain Darkening by Clare Rhoden.
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Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.
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?
This time I got my map and glossary, which made me a lot happier, but then I discovered via the map that the world of the Pale is much more complex than I thought. This is the second book in The Chronicles of the Pale series. I highly recommend reading the first book, the Pale, to get a better understanding of the story.
The policosmos, which is ruled and run by machine augmented humans, find themselves in a similar predicament as those outside the walls when a catastrophe causes a supply and demand problem. Unfortunately they still have to rely on certain items and elements to survive and function properly. It looks as if the situations are being evened out a little.
One of the highlights of the first book was the toppling of the dictator by Adaeze, and in true absolute power corrupts absolutely fashion, she would do well to watch her back. Not everyone is as enamoured with her leadership skills as she is. Considering how she got to the top of the hierarchy pyramid I would spend more time keeping an eye on her alleged allies.
I have to admit the canini perplexed me a little. I kept forgetting that they are genetically enhanced dogs, because they have such a structured and human-like way of interacting. It’s like, wait… that’s not a person.
It’s post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction with sci-fi elements and leans towards speculative fiction. Rhoden manages to create characters with humane traits, despite the genetic or technological components of each group, and in a strange way this is what appears to bring the very different groups closer together. I wonder if the next book will feature the downfall of the policosmos or the integration of tribes in order to survive. One can only hope.
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