Hey everyone, just a quick pit stop to tell you of two great reviews for The Tattered Lands:
In Barbara Ann Wright’s The Tattered Lands, young alchemist Vandra is not living up to her potential. An expert on syndrium, the magical substance that powers the ring of pylons that keep back the threat of the tattered lands and their form-twisting mists and contamination from the last of the human-inhabited world, her first experiment to transmute other substances into syndrium worked. But none of her subsequent experiments have worked since. When one of the pylons fails—a failure that puts her entire society at risk—Vandra is sent by a politician acquaintance to investigate in secret. Accompanied by her younger siblings, twins Fieta and Pietyr, she sets out… and on the way her path crosses with the seelie (for which we may as well read “elf”) Lilani, daughter of the last seelie queen, and youngest of her race. Lilani is fascinated both with humans and with the pylons, believing that the future of her people is linked to them both, and she finds it easy to become fascinated with Vandra as well—a fascination that’s soon reciprocated. But furthering their acquaintance is complicated by politics, intrigue, and a conspiracy that spans both their peoples: a conspiracy that wants to bring down all the pylons and let the tattered lands have full reign.
This is a fun, entertaining novel. The characters are interesting and appealing, and Wright deploys plain, unadorned prose to good effect. I enjoyed it, and if you’re looking for light and fun, this is definitely a good bet.
From Publisher’s Weekly:
Wright’s postapocalyptic romance is a fast-paced journey through devastation. In an ambiguously described world that may be ours or another, most of which has been taken over by a dangerous mist, humans and the magical folk called seelie are forced to come together to save what little land is left. Ten magical pylons protect humans from the mist-covered “tattered lands.” When one pylon stops working, the humans fear the mists will kill them or turn them into dangerous monsters. Alchemist Vandra is sent to find out whether it can be fixed. The situation’s worse than she thought, and she encounters seelie princess Lilani, who wants to convince her own people to help fix the pylon. As they try to broker peace, threatened by those who fear human-seelie collaboration even more than they fear the mist, the two women slowly fall for each other. Plenty of action, surprises, and magic will keep readers turning the pages.