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Book: The Empty Land - The First Volume of the Shadow Histories

Book Review: The Empty Land - The First Volume of the Shadow Histories

categories: Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Contemporary, fantasy


This not my usual kind of reading material. For a start it is being marketed as a book for ‘mature teenagers' and I find that an odd target readership. Whatever, I was captivated by the cover and the few pages which I skimmed through quickly. It was enough to make me give it a go, and am I glad I did. Although the back cover blurb makes it sound like any of a hundred other books out there at the moment don't be fooled. The Empty Land, first volume of The Shadow Histories, is something that stands on its own ground and takes on all comers. The action is graphic and the world believable.

The background to the twelve year old heroine's life in a Britain recovering from some bizarre disaster reeks of detail that is so convincing you can sense an entire world just begging to be explored. If the author can keep up this standard over the next five volumes then Shadow Histories could well prove to be a classic, an epic certainly, and well worth the wait of one book a year, which I think is expected from fast working writers these days. I have come across rumors on the net that the second book is already written. I desperately hope so.

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