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Blightcross Paperback – May 30, 2012
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I wrote it in a fast-paced pulpy style because I personally can't get excited about long fantasy epics most of the time, and because it suits the era. The idea was to make it visually appealing, exciting and vivid while still maintaining a certain intellectual depth.
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The story takes place on an arid, war-stricken world where natural magic is slowly being supplanted by mechanism and oil production. Capra Jorassian is an armed forces deserter who is brought, against her will, into an il-fated mission across the scarred and blighted desert known as "The Hex". She is being pursued by rival armed forces, who are on the same mission but have past personal grudges against her.
The different intrigues takes place against a very well-constructed world at the beginning, but then as the book progresses the descriptions get more intense as events get more and more bizarre. Clock towers, metal giants, plains of shattered machinery, armies of shadow warriors ... the stakes just keep getting higher.
Throughout the novel, the characterization and storytelling are both solid. Some of the dialog sounds a little bit like 21st-century formal conversation, but maybe that's just me. All in all, an intriguing work of speculative fiction and I'd like to know if there's going to be a sequel.
A new twist on the conflict of the traditional against new technology in a world torn apart by war.
A fun debut novel, with very interesting world building. This is much grittier than a steam punk novel, and I like the idea of calling it 'Diesel Punk', but I haven't come across this genre before. I rather like the main character; Capra is an interesting woman with compelling internal problems. As a soldier I liked her motivations for what was occurring within the world.
The book started somewhat slowly, and the magic, vihs, wasn't sufficiently explained for me. I was intrigued by using art as a magical outlet though, I found the artist's egotism and perspective realistic and compelling.
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Blightcross by C.A. Lang
This is another I had in my wish list. I was hoping for a steam-punk novel and it almost had me at the start. Read more
I loved this book. It's simply brilliant. I have to admit that this genre really isn't my thing, but once I started reading I couldn't put the book down!Published on March 17, 2014 by R. Ruzicka