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Dark Houses (Nomads' Land Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Dale
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Book Description

The stories say The Old Ones built wonderful cities, flew through the air and could send messages across the globe in the time it takes for an arrow to find its target. Caylen's seen enough relics to believe at least some of that, but she doesn't regret living in her world instead of theirs. She's a nomad, making her home in the Wildlands between the "islands of civilization" in the fortified cities. Her world can be dangerous, but she can't imagine living any other way.

When her band of nomads rescues a young nobleman from Yorkton, Caylen's mother wants to deliver him to the nearest waypost, collect her reward, and move on. But Caylen is intrigued by Logan, and worried that his predictions of trouble for the nomads may be accurate. In order to protect the Wildlands she loves, Caylen has to leave them behind. In the city, she's not sure if she can trust anyone, not even Logan. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that she's far from the only one in danger. Her enemy is powerful and ruthless, and the cruelty she sees makes Caylen dream of the simplicity of the Wildlands. But she can't walk away from the suffering, so she'll have to stay and fight. It's the nomad way.

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About the Author

I work in a high school library, and all day long I help kids find books that they’ll enjoy reading. It’s a fantastic job and I have a lot of fantastic books to chose from, but sometimes… sometimes I think there’s room for just a little more fantastic! My first YA novel is Dark Houses, a sci-fi story set in a future after we’ve run out of oil and other fossil fuels. Life has gotten a lot simpler, and also a lot more dangerous! I’m also working on a contemporary YA novel, and have ideas for about seven hundred more jotted down on various slips of paper. I didn’t start writing until fairly late (not quite middle-age, I wouldn’t say, but solidly into adulthood) but I feel like my lifetime of voracious reading and imagining has prepared me well. All I need now is the time to get the ideas out of my head and onto the screen!

Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987801481
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00870FFCS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA fantasy novel January 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good, solid YA fantasy novel about a young woman who lives with a band of "nomads" -- people who live in the forests and are expert trackers and hunters -- being brought into one of the city-states that formed after civilization collapsed. The cities are ruled by warring noble families who pretend to be civilized while plotting to kill one another, and Caylen teams up with the head of one of these families, Logan, in an effort to uncover who attacked her band of nomads and Logan, while he was traveling through the forest.

The characters were well-drawn and the story well-constructed. My one issue with the novel is pacing. There were several times when it seemed a bit slow, especially near the beginning. It wasn't exactly that things weren't happening -- there was the initial attack and other life-threatening events -- but I think it felt slow to me because Logan was unconscious through much of it, and the interaction between Caylen and Logan is what drew me into the story. Things picked up when they reached the first town and Caylen and Logan interacted more. This really wasn't very far into the novel, so I didn't consider this enough of a problem to knock it down a star.

I enjoyed the story immensely. This is book one of a series and I hope the author releases the next one soon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overall Entertaining September 3, 2012
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
The book begins with a discovery of a body, leading to more bodies, until Caylen, a young member of the Nomads, finds Logan, an injured man who has survived despite the odds. The mystery surrounding who he is, as well as his connection to Caylen and her mother, Nora, adds intrigue. About a third of the way through the book I started to wonder - where are they going, what is their destination and are they ever going to get there? It wasn't clear yet what their goal was and why they were on guard all the time.

The second-third of the book take place in the town of Yorkton, where Logan is from, and Caylen quickly becomes swept up in the political posturing and plotting going on in town due to her heritage. Finally we learn about the Dark House, a place where the government tortures and imprisons citizens, basically according to whim. In my opinion this is where the book becomes interesting. I think the first part is important to set up the relationship between Caylen and Logan, as well as the mother/daughter relationship between Nora and Caylen, but I think there should have been more focus on the action in town.

Dark Houses is billed as YA but I didn't get a particularly YA feel from it - it seems like the politics in play would appeal more to adults than teens. Caylen and Logan's relationship is complicated, and could possibly blossom into romance, but there's an element of mistrust that makes them an interesting pair. The "fish out of water" element with Caylen coming into the town, not dressing or speaking like the townspeople, makes her stand out and also helps to further establish that she is not a typical young woman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok August 12, 2012
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Well written and engaging, but rather predictable. I'll be looking for the next book in the series, as I would like to know what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Houses July 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Caylen or Cay is a young nomad trying to figure out her mother Nora's secrets. Cay wants to knowyet her mother is unwilling to share. Cay is an excellent scout and tracker for her band of nomads. Cay life rapidly changes when she finds a young man badly injured. Young man named Logan is from Yorkton was trying to make his way home when ambushed. Logan's injuries are treated. Cay is curious about Logan as much as he's curious about her. The nomads come across a band of soldiers who happen to know who Logan is. Jonah the leader remembers Nora from a long time ago. Cay is stunned to learn that she's of noble birth and is confused by this as well. She decides to go with Jonah and Logan to Yorkton to find the false nomads. Cay learns there is much she doesn't know about city life yet manages to find her way around. Cay rescues a puppy and turns the Yorkton upside down with her opinions. The Chancelor turns out to be Caylen's grandfather. What is going on in Yorkton? Who are the false nomads? Can Caylen help the nomads? Can Caylen live in two worlds? Your answers await you in Dark Houses.
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