Today I’m back on the blog tour for The Chronicles of the Pale by Clare Rhoden and am bringing you a review of book 2, Broad Plain Darkening…..

the blurb

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?


my review

It was great to be back to see how things are moving on, and to follow some of my favourites (the canini!) and to see what my not-so-favourties are inflicting on others!

At the end of book one, we’d experienced the death of one of my favourite characters, Hector had been exiled from The Pale and had found the canini and some of the settlers had decided to move away and start their own settlement…..

In book 2 we’re catching up with Hector and his journey as an outsider.  We’re back with the citizens of the new settlement (the New City) and we’re back to see how things are changing in the Pale.  We’re learning about the politics of the world, how the different groups are surviving and living their lives and how they are interacting.  I’m just glad I’m not part of that world – I certainly wouldn’t want to be living in the Pale!!

Again, another fab book from Clare and I’m really looking forward to the final instalment! This book comes with a map at the beginning and a list of characters so it makes it even easier to follow.  The descriptions are fab and I can really picture it all playing out in my mind.  It’s easy to form opinions and feelings for some of these characters – but don’t be fooled…these can change at any point!

Another one recommended from me, especially if you’re a dystopian/sci-fi fan!




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.


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Massive thanks to Rachel for inviting me on the tour, and to Clare and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Keep an eye on my blog over the next 2 weeks for the final review!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful Sunday!

Chelle x

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