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Tangle Of Fates

by Leslie Ann Moore

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I enjoyed this first volume of a new trilogy from Leslie Ann Moore. The story is beautifully imagined and thoroughly engrossing. Be forewarned: this first book leaves you not exactly on a cliff-hanger, but at a point in the story arc where the tension is high. I felt I had paused mid-breath, hungry for more. This work is nominally sci-fi, being set in the future on a colony world, but has something of a steam-punk feel, as well para-normal elements. Civilization has struggled back after a devastating war to a level of steam-powered vehicles and wired telephones. Electric power depends on scavenged fuel cells, and of course that's the least of what the archeological expeditions are hoping to find in the ruined cities of their ancestors – ancestors who had weapons capable of laying waste a planet. There's a marvelous menagerie of indigenous creatures, such as a floating life form that's harnessed and used as dirigibles, all described in an impressive glossary. The human culture appears to have been Hispanic in origin, which gives the story an unusual flavor. There's also a second race of humanoids, the diminutive and endearing Tiqui, who also arrived on the colony ship and who have a culture of their own that includes special healing powers and the ability to foretell the future. The protagonist, Deanna, is a strong and engaging heroine who moves through this creative mix, her path intertwining with those an impressive cast of well-drawn characters. Once past the opening section that has rather a lot of convoluted sentences, the writing becomes clear and clean, the story-telling smooth and effortless. I can't wait for volume 2. ( )
  Carol_W | May 7, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 161264158X, Paperback)

“Leslie Ann Moore’s A Tangle of Fates is an exciting start to a new, lushly written and deeply imagined fantasy trilogy."

— STEVEN BARNES, author of Lion's Blood

“Rich in world-building and lush in its storytelling."

— GARY PHILLIPS, author of Black Pulp

“Moore kicks off this series with a hot blend of future weapons tech, Zorro, and strong female leads. Add in a touch of the mystical...and sit back and enjoy!"

— SHERWOOD SMITH, Nebula award-nominated author of Inda and A Stranger To Command

“Leslie Ann Moore’s A Tangle of Fates presents us with a lushly realized, scientifically plausible universe as marvelous and full of adventure as any high fantasy. While its mix of priestly characters, archaeology, and questions about the cycles of human history are reminiscent of both the Indiana Jones franchise and Walter M. Miller Jr.’s great novel A Canticle for Leibowitz, Moore’s Tangle is also something unique and new. Highly recommended."

— HOWARD HENDRIX, author of Spears of God and The Labyrinth Key

“A Tangle of Fates mixes planetary romance with a fairy-tale subtext, and serves it up with an intriguing background of reimagined technology and religion. The result is delicious!"

— EMMA BULL, author of War for the Oaks

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:35 -0400)

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