- Series: Ley (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: DAW (July 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756411750
- ISBN-13: 978-0756411756
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,930,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Threading the Needle (Ley) Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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Praise for the Ley series:
“Palmatier kicks off an epic fantasy series with this complex tale set in a world where wonders are accomplished by manipulating the magical energy of ley lines.... Palmatier lets the story build slowly, introducing a sprawling cast and fascinating setting, before explosively upsetting the status quo.” —Publishers Weekly
“Palmatier takes familiar ideas of ley lines and magic wielders but gives them fresh life in this rich fantasy world.” —Library Journal
“Palmatier exploits an active imagination to good effect, with characters who develop along with the story...with plenty of tension and excitement. Fantasy regulars looking for a fresh series with real bite should find it worth a try.” —Kirkus
“Intricate worldbuilding, engaging and complex characters, and a fresh sharp take on magic and politics. Shattering The Ley proves that Joshua Palmatier is definitely a key new voice in original fantasy.” —Kari Sperring, author of Living with Ghosts
“Shattering the Ley, the terrific new fantasy from Joshua Palmatier, is built of equal parts innocence, politics, and treachery. It features a highly original magic system, and may well be the only fantasy ever written where some of the most exciting scenes take place in a power plant. I couldn’t put it down.” —S. C. Butler, author of Reiffen’s Choice
“Shattering the Ley stands apart from the majority of second-world fantasy by having a distinctly modern cast to its worldbuilding.” —Tor.com
“There’s a lot happening, constantly driving the plot forward, and the political intrigue and ideological conflicts between the clashing factions keep things fresh and engaging.” —Bibliosanctum
“Palmatier brilliantly shatters genre conventions.... An innovative fantasy novel with a very modern feel.... For readers who are willing to tackle a more challenging fantasy, without clear heroes and obvious conflicts, Shattering the Ley is an excellent read.” —SFRevu
About the Author
Joshua Palmatier was born in PA, but now resides in NY. Palmatier started writing SF and Fantasy novels and short stories in eighth grade, and hasn't stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels. He can be found at jpsorrow.livejournal.com.
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Opposing factions spring up almost immediately. Kill or be killed becomes the norm. Unfortunately, those who are most qualified to help return things to some level of normalcy are also the ones who were part of the initial problem. It seems everyone wants to either kill them for causing the shattering in the first place, or kidnap them and use them for their own nefarious purposes.
Josh's world building was in high gear for this book, which I both enjoyed and found a bit annoying. There are A LOT of characters here and A LOT is going on at once and sometimes it just feels like it's too much to take in. I had a difficult time keeping track of who was who and sadly, found myself skipping over some of the more descriptive sections just to get on with the action. The kidnapping, release and/or escape sequences were a bit overdone. I understand what Josh was trying to do here, but I think the book could have been just as enjoyable without so many details.
All that aside, I'd still recommend this series to those who love an epic fantasy-themed quest with clashing swords, high stone walls, explosions, and a deadly and blinding white fire. The central characters are certainly in for the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make good of all the bad going on around them - and they still have another book to go before all is said and done.
I'm looking forward to finding out how all of this is resolved in the final book of the trilogy, Reaping the Aurora.