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- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XK9SRH4
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We follow the fortunes of the Elk Clan, a small tribe of 150 people that has been migrating from north to south as long as anyone can remember to escape the winter and hopefully survive another year. This migration is not without its perils, not everyone who starts the journey is alive to complete it. It takes an iron-willed and iron-fisted leader to keep the clan together through all the trials they face.
Soon after our story starts, there is a dramatic change of leadership just before the annual migration is to begin. This throws the clan into turmoil and tries an untested new leader that was not expecting to fill that role quite so soon.
Dustfall touches on timeless issues that humanity is faced with, tradition versus modernity, the clash of generations, taking a risk for a possible better life, or just playing it safe and just being satisfied with what you’ve always had.
The authors have drawn a full cast of characters to pull us into the story. There is the new clan leader, Jonah, his wife and daughter, and the members of the clan. There is the expert teenage girl archer, Seren, who plays a critical role in crisis after crisis. The lone traveler, Gaston, who may be a good guy or a bad guy, playing political games behind the scene. There are other characters who play their parts, Seren’s brother Roke, the leaders of other clans, warriors of various loyalties, and a pack of wolves stacking the clan at the edge of the migration.
The book initially starts out slowly, but soon picks up speed and races to the final cliff-hanger ending. The series is off to a great start, and you will want to read the next book to discover how the plots intertwine and what happens next.
I must confess that the end of the book seemed a little sudden and left me with many more questions than answers. But the characters are believable and the conflict they experience along their journey addresses universal challenges.
Much of the continent is toxic, or blighted and the people are exposed to toxic dust falls from which they must seek shelter. Artifacts of the advanced civilization abound and they are recycled and used for whatever purposes the inhabitants see fit, often for carts to carry belongings.
The Elk Clan is one of the larger clans. Under the guidance of the competent but ruthless Judas, they have been relatively prosperous, but Judas and his right hand man die within days of each other and the leadership of the clan falls to Judas’ son Jonah.
A stranger who calls himself Gaston has attempted to join the clan. Judas tried to kill Gaston the previous year, but Jonah lack Judas’ ruthlessness, and Gaston has returned, charming and ingratiating himself with members of the clan. Gaston’s intentions are to persuade the clan to change their usual migration and travel instead to place called White Citadel where it is rumored that civilization is being revived and people can live all year around by farming. Jonah has no intention of departing from traditional ways and watches in alarm as Gaston attempts to convert his most competent clan members to his cause, especially their best archer, Seren. Traveling alone is extremely perilous and Gaston wants enough competent hunters to protect against raiders and wolves. If Jonah will not agree to his plan, he will split the clan.
Dust Fall is part of a series, so there is no conclusion to the book.