Hunter and Fox (Shifted World Series #1)

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In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it. Little does the Hunter know that salvation is ...
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Overview

In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it. Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and yet is drawn to her. Their fates are bound together. Meanwhile, the Hunter's lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn. The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Talyn of the Vaerli purchased survival by working as the Hunter for the Caisah, the smiling monster who crushed the Vaerli in ages past and who dominates the world even now. Talyn’s existence comes at the cost of her soul and alienation from her people. Tale-spinner Finn makes himself the Hunter’s next prey with a seditious performance. Evading the Hunter’s peculiar gifts is nearly impossible, but their inevitable encounter ends not in death but hope for both Talyn and the Vaerli. While Ballantine does provide some kind of conclusion, this is more of an introductory episode than a complete novel. The mutable world, where the landscape constantly changes, provides a mildly diverting setting, but the prose and dialogue are flat and affectless, and readers will find few reasons to invest their time in this drearily familiar tale of a brutal tyrant and the brave few who oppose him. Agent: Laurie McLean, Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents. (July)
From the Publisher
Praise for Phillapa Ballantine:

"I really enjoy this author's work! She's pretty much on my must-buy list. . . "
-Felicia Day, Creator, writer, and star of "The Guild" the web series

"Ballantine's world-building is subtle. Instead of spoon-feeding or info-dumping, Ballantine gives readers exactly the amount of information they need at a particular moment. . . . I feel the urge to wave the book around and shout, 'Hey, writers! Here's how you build a world without showing all of your work on every single page!' The characterization is fantastic."
-Fantasy Literature

From the Publisher
Praise for Phillapa Ballantine:

"I really enjoy this author's work! She's pretty much on my must-buy list. . . "
-Felicia Day, Creator, writer, and star of "The Guild" the web series

"Ballantine's world-building is subtle. Instead of spoon-feeding or info-dumping, Ballantine gives readers exactly the amount of information they need at a particular moment. . . . I feel the urge to wave the book around and shout, 'Hey, writers! Here's how you build a world without showing all of your work on every single page!' The characterization is fantastic."
-Fantasy Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616146238
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Shifted World Series , #1
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,495,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillippa Ballantine is the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. As a solo author, Philippa wrote the Books of the Order series with Ace; Geist (2010), Spectyr (2011). She also has the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book. Philippa is a trained librarian and addicted to the smell of old books. Visit her online at www.pjballantine.com or follow her on Twitter @PhillipaJane.
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