Friday, July 4, 2014

Shattering the Ley-Joshua Palmatier

Shattering the Ley
Joshua Palmatier
DAW, Jul 1 2014, $25.95
ISBN 9780756409197

The complex ley system is the major source of power for much of the world.  Because the prime ley lines connect in Erenthrall, this city is an energy superpower.  The Prime Wielders control the Nexus, but in turn the Baron owns them and by consequence all the lands linked to this key convergence.  However, the tyrannical abuse of the ley system has caused a schism led by Kormanley priests who plot to destroy the Nexus even knowing that places the innocent way beyond just the city at risk.

As civil war seems imminent and blackouts the norm, Kara Tremain, who became a top gun Wielder when she was twelve years old, enables her to learn the taboo truth about the ley lines magic.  At the same time Baron Dog Alan Garrett in his hunt for the rebellious priests also loathes the unreasonable viciousness of his guard peers towards the innocent and soon learns the Inconvenient Truth re Erenthrall, a city on the brink of mass destruction.

This is a great opening act as Joshua Palmatier creates an intriguing world that deploys magic as the key source of energy.  Using the ideological global warming debate (to include ambitious political deniers and militant willing to die environmentalists) as the starting premise, Shattering the Ley is a strong cautionary fantasy.

Harriet Klausner

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