My second review for you today is for The Pale – Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Pale series.  I’m delighted to be on the tour throughout reviewing all three books so keep an eye out.  So read on to find out about Book 1…… a complex post-apocalyptic fantasy novel.

The Blurb

The Outside can be a dangerous place.

But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.

As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.

What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?

Where to buy: –

my review

This is a complex, thought provoking fantasy novel set in a post apocalyptic world.

The story is told around the many survivors that are left following the catastrophic earthquake which changed the world.  There are humachines who live within the walled city of The Pale.  They have been modified using technology and are recycled when past their best!  The city is ruled by the Regent who appears to have no feelings and is strict on the way the city is run.

There are also the tribes who live out on the Broad Plain, trying to survive off the land; the settlers  and the canini.  The canini are definitely my favourite – a pack of dogs who live out on the Broad Plain and are able to mind speak!

Following another aftershock the inhabitants need to try to rebuild their lives again and work out how and if they can work together…..

I did find this quite hard to get into to start with as there is so much going on! As it’s a different world, it takes a bit of times to get your head around who’s who and what’s happening but once you get into it you don’t want to put it down!  It really makes you think about our world and lives and will definitely make you start asking/considering questions!

This is definitely one for the fantasy fans out there! Definitely recommended from me and can’t wait to read book 2!



about the author

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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Rachel’s Random Resources

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 reviews on the rest of the series!

Have a wonderful day!

Chelle x

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