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- File size : 4141 KB
- Publication date : November 24, 2019
- Print length : 509 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B081Z3M8W4
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #875,124 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Since I've read the Project Renova series, I adored the mention of some of those characters - but I also enjoyed meeting these new ones. Evie is a delight - feisty, independent, and smart. She doesn't automatically drink the Koolaid like most of the folks in Blackthorn - she's skeptical, asks questions, and has a good head on her shoulders. Female readers will be enraged at the way some women are treated in Blackthorn. It's scary to think society could regress to that point after a postapocalyptic event.
This author has a talent for character development, and the story is primarily character-driven. I enjoyed the changing POVs between Evie, Byron, and Hemsley, whose character arc is especially riveting. Ryder is charismatic and personable, and perfect to carry out the role he's been given - but you just never quite trust him.
Blacktorn is a compelling and thought-provoking read I found difficult to put down. As I mentioned, this is a standalone book, but after finishing it, don't be suprised if you find yourself purchasing the Project Renova series.
Many years have passed since the earth was turned on its head where only a few survived. Generations have lived and died in a world reclaimed by nature with urbanisation giving way to forestation and life being focused on the quest for survival.
Blackthorn grew from the ashes of UK North and has its own currency but over a hundred years since ‘the Fall’, Britain is still a partial barter economy. The city has its own independent infrastructure and there is a strict hierarchy with social tiers from labourers, farmers and hunter gatherers, to a tertiary sector and at the top, those in control who enjoy the best that this dystopian life has to offer. Although nothing is on a parallel with the life their ancestors enjoyed before bat fever wiped out huge sways of the worldwide population.
Whilst life on the outside can be lawless, life in the city of Blackthorn is relatively safe if you abide by the rules. However, the workers are restless with fighting and strikes becoming more pronounced. Prison sentences are becoming less of a deterrent, so something needs to happen to keep society stable. Enter charismatic traveller, Ryder Swift, who appears to have all the answers. With him comes a glorious light which brings hope to the hopeless and peace of mind to the troubled. It is fair to say at this point, I was intrigued to see how this would play out and enjoyed the journey as subtle manipulation turned to calculated indoctrination.
As the plot develops, we witness Tyler’s matchless style through the use of irony, cynicism, humour and foreshadowing to keep her readers on their toes. There are echoes from the Nazi-influenced Renova Project in the creation of the ‘House of Angels’ and parallels between some characters from the earlier books but the inclusion of these elements did not lessen the impact of this story.
Just when the reader thinks they have all the answers, Tyler pulls yet another ace from her sleeve. She has the ability to create vivid characters with enviable ease, about whom her readers cannot help but care. There was a particularly delightful twist at the end for Evie which will melt the heart of the most critical of reviewers.
I wondered if Terry Tyler was over-egging the pudding with regard this particular post-apocalyptic idea but before long I was totally hooked on yet another page-turner and read the book in three days. I suspect there may be scope for a sequel here and award Blackthorn five stars.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
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Ryder Swift, the new 'Messiah' in post-apocolyptic run-down Blackthorn divides the community. Many are all too ready to believe in 'the Light', others are more sceptical. The book asks many questions about religion and what it is that 'binds' us (the original root of the word religion).
You can read this book as a simple adventure story, with goodies and baddies, or you can engage with the different questions it asks. All the books in the series question what it is that makes a community thrive, and what is likely to destroy it. My favourite character was Hemsley, who I thought had a particularly clear and distinct voice in the narrative. At times there were shades of The Handmaid's Tale, at others Mad Max. The ending is satisfying but left open for a sequel which I hope will not be long coming!
That was until I read the series of books called Project Renova by Terry Tyler about a flu virus that destroyed much of the population of our planet and technology became redundant. The books in that series were outstanding and now Terry Tyler has written another book called Blackthorn, a stand alone book but one that is further into the future of the characters that fans of the series grew to love, hate and obsess about. We all wanted more and thankfully the author obliged.
Blackthorn IS an absolutely outstanding read.
When an enigmatic, charismatic and handsome visitor travels to and from the walled city of Blackthorn according to the seasons, he discovers that the city residents are completely enthralled by him. He can’t do any wrong it seems. Has the sanction of the governor Wolf North to come and go as he pleases and any rules seem don’t appear to apply to him. Ryder is special. When outside the city on one occasion accompanied by a few friends of his he has a vision and appears to be in receipt of benevolent messages given to him by a sentient ‘being’ that he calls ‘The Light’. At first he is greeted by scepticism, disbelief and some friendly mockery. The more scholarly inhabitants, having read books from the old world speculate about the source of ‘The Light’
Wolf North governor of Blackthorn himself endorses Ryder and his beliefs and also feels that the inhabitants of the city should do likewise and live in harmony together sharing the message of The Light.
As more and more people believe and want to live better, more productive and caring lives, only Evie a baker from the shacks and her friends Jay and Byron are sceptical about the whole thing and the motives of Ryder.
Without giving away any significant spoilers, the narrative takes on a deeply disturbing and sinister turn, particularly when young attractive women are encouraged to be Angels of The Light and marry some especially chosen guards in order to produce offspring that will apparently enhance the gene pool of the population of Blackthorn.
Absolutely gripping book and one I couldn’t put down! Oh My Goodness, this is SO good.
Although post-apoc isn't a go-to genre of mine, I've become engrossed in the 'crap new world' Terry Tyler has created with her Tipping Point trilogy and the extended future she created in Legacy and Hope.
Every word of this page-turning story rings true. The banality of a community primarily concerned with survival. The absence of distraction and the profitable ignorance of a fearful populace. The shifty, hierarchical leadership and its manipulation of a stratified and docile underclass. In Tyler's book, these are skilfully presented as both remote and futuristic while being real and recognisable enough to seem frighteningly imminent.
But this is not just allegory. There's a real, tangible world here with excellent characterisation, genuine threat and fully-realised people you want to follow and know better. Evie is a typical Tyler heroine - an uncluttered, plucky realist aware of her own limitations and respectful of the community and family ties around her. Yet she's a thinker who recognises the unusual behaviour of the returning Ryder. He's an Aragorn-like itinerant hero who claims to have had a genuine spiritual conversion which rapidly gains traction in the threatened community of Blackthorn.
The narrative remains unpredictable throughout, and Tyler deftly shapes our sympathies between various characters until the final outcome.
Bittersweet but satisfying, there's another instalment to come of this gripping tale and I'm very much looking forward to it!
Blackthorn is no exception. What a brilliant story with excellent characters, some you grow to love dearly and others you grow to hate.
Ryder Swift is one of the characters that you find yourself easily drawn to, he has you hanging on to his every word.....he has you believing all of the tales he comes up with as a traveller.
Evie and Byron are so easy to like, so easy to feel for and as reader I felt that their feelings were mine too. Lieutenant Hemsley is my favourite character in this story, for many reasons, but I do not want to spoil the book for you so I will say no more than that.
Wolfe North, the governor of Blackthorn is a character that at times I felt sorry for and at other times I detested. He is essential to this book, without him the story would have been missing an essential ingredient.
How the author comes up with these stories and makes you feel part of them is amazing. I really recommend that you read Terry Tylers books, I will be reading the rest of the series and look forward to many more great books from Terry Tyler.
Thank you Terry for another brilliant read at a time when I was having difficulty finding a book that kept my attention.