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A Tangles of Fates-Blog Tour

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Welcome to my tour stop for A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore. This tour runs Feb. 2-13 with reviews, interviews, guest post & excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

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The fates of three women. The fates of two peoples. The fate of one planet.

On Nuetierra, four hundred years have passed since the Great War. A new society has arisen on the ashes of the old.

Deanna Hernaan, daughter of Eduard, the former Alcalde of Nue Bayona, spends her days attending university and caring for her mentally damaged sister, Ceilia. Six years ago, her stepmother Lourdessa deposed her father, and now, as Alcalde, rules the city through patronage and oppression. Deanna remains apolitical, fearing Lourdessa’s power. Threatened by Deanna’s popularity with the common people, the Alcalde arranges for her assassination. Deanna survives, but is cast adrift in a hostile wilderness. She is rescued by a band of diminutive hunters—the Tiqui—members of a slave race she has only read about in history books. The hunters bring Deanna to their village, where she meets the Tiqui chieftess Yellow Bird. A remarkable woman, the ithani possesses the shamanic gift of foresight. Her visions have revealed to her that a young woman of the tall folk would come, one whose fate is inextricably entwined with that of the Tiqui—one who would bring disaster or salvation for all of Nuetierra.

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Leslie Ann MooreAbout the Author:

Leslie Ann Moore was born in Los Angeles, California at the tail-end of the baby boom and fell in love with the works of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Andre Norton, and J.R.R. Tolkien at an early age.

A practicing veterinarian since 1988, Leslie put her dreams of writing fiction aside until she attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2000. There, bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks told her, “Don’t ever give up. Keep writing, no matter what.” Those words changed her life.

She published the first volume of her Griffin’s Daughter trilogy in 2012. A Tangle of Fates is the first volume of The Vox Machina trilogy, and is published by Muse Harbor.

 

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Writerbee’s Review of A Tangle of Fates

Moore does an amazing job of building a world of complex politics, conspiracy, and intrigue from a platform of a human colony hundreds of years in the future of human kind. The reader is quickly wrapped into the political struggles of a city-state leader hell-bent on grabbing and maintaining power by reincarnating the Annihilator, the ancient war machine that brought down the colony’s advanced civilization over 400 years past. No one is going to stand in her way. The Alcalde tightens her tyrannical grip on her own city and attempts to capture control of the entire continent.

As the story unfolds, we are shown cultural events that have been maintained since the colonists left Old Earth, as well as new practices. The planet is rich with exotic flora and fauna described in exquisite detail, including predatory sky jellies, a breed of which were at one time domesticated to serve as airships.

There are several major characters followed throughout the development, each with a unique voice and purpose, but the most important character is Deanna Hernaan, whose life seems to intersect and impact the fates of hundreds of others, despite her perception that she has little to offer and nowhere near enough courage to act when necessary. As she gains a new understanding of her world and discovers that many things are not as she was led to believe, Deanna must come to terms with her destiny.

If you enjoy epic tales and rich tapestries of detail, I recommend A Tangle of Fates. You will find the pitch battle between the selfish, amoral palace-dwellers and the struggling, oppressed peoples a compelling story to read.

5 Stars

 

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Launch – Richard Perth

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Launch is a speculative look at Earth’s future as seen through the eyes of two human travelers who’ve taken a journey not only through space, but through time, by means of sub-light travel. Three years for them is five hundred back on Earth. With humanistic overtones, the future is a place of universal peace, prosperity, and human unity.

Launch is a novel that covers a lot of ground. Beginning with a seemingly typical Grand Canyon tour that ends with our female protagonist, Claire, saving a baby cougar, we spend the majority of the first half observing Claire Sommer and David Archer fall in love and decide to marry.  Both have military flying experience and have earned distinguish medals during service. It is a match made not only for love, but also to fulfill a dream David has had since childhood: to fly a starship.

NASA is sending two people on a 500 year mission to a star they call Minor, 250 light-years away from earth. To even get a chance to apply, David must have a wife. Claire agrees, and fortunately they are in love. After intensive training along side two other couple, the Archer’s are chosen for the pioneer flight to explore a new solar system. Upon their return to Earth, they are greeted as celebrities. They plan to start a family. And like any time period in human history, there are those who discriminate against them.

There are many good things about this book. Not unlike papers and stories written in centuries about the human condition, Launch looks seriously upon corrupt government, election reform, the weak points of capitalism, and the current global plights of overpopulation and environmental disaster. The story proposes solutions to these troubles that make practical sense, if short-sighted politicians can see past their own pocketbooks and dedicate themselves to truly helping the citizens who elect them.

My biggest complaint is the slow beginning. I wanted to get to the action of the launch and exploration much sooner than it happened. While the romance was important, this section could have been pared down to a few particular scenes that embodied the essence and the impetus of the romance, as well as the important relationships with the friends they would leave behind. I was just about to give up on the book at Chapter 12, but I pushed through hoping to find the momentum of the actual adventure.  My second biggest complaint was the ending, but I won’t spoil that for anyone who wants to read the book.

I recommend the book to anyone who likes humanist ideals and wants to have hope that Earth’s future won’t be a complete catastrophe.

I struggled with a rating number to give this book, I lean somewhere between 3 and 4.  There are many interesting topics scattered throughout, impacting speeches, and enjoyable lines, such as “Nikki was a precocious high-speed comet with a random orbit.” to describe a young boy, and “The quality of life that the children in our society achieve collectively determines the quality of life that society as a whole can achieve.” In some places, however, the delivery is less interesting and choppy.

For my blog, I rate this a 3.5.

 

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