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Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. It is run by a tyrant known as The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world. Together they try to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to stop them.
In four interrelated parts, The Tangled Lands is an evocative and epic story of resistance and heroic sacrifice in the twisted remains surrounding the last great city of Khaim. Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell have created a fantasy for our times about a decadent and rotting empire facing environmental collapse from within - and yet hope emerges from unlikely places with women warriors and alchemical solutions.
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By wdogg590 on 05-26-18
A world with more potential
I thoroughly enjoyed this "novel," however it doesn't feel so much as a novel as four outstanding short stories that happen to occur in the same realm. I really wish the authors would have done more, interwined the different persepectives into one larger story, versus the four short stories that just so happen to be taking place at the same time in the same world. They even neglected, excluding perhaps once, the mentioning of the other various protagonists. It's simply disappointing that something with such an intercut world fell flat.
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