"Leslie Ann Moore's A Tangle of Fates is an exciting start to a new, lushly written and deeply imagined fantasy trilogy."
- STEVEN BARNES, author of Lion's Blood
"Rich in world-building and lush in its storytelling."
- GARY PHILLIPS, author of Black Pulp
"Moore kicks off this series with a hot blend of future weapons tech, Zorro, and strong female leads. Add in a touch of the mystical...and sit back and enjoy!"
- SHERWOOD SMITH, Nebula award-nominated author of Inda and A Stranger To Command
"Leslie Ann Moore's A Tangle of Fates presents us with a lushly realized, scientifically plausible universe as marvelous and full of adventure as any high fantasy. While its mix of priestly characters, archaeology, and questions about the cycles of human history are reminiscent of both the Indiana Jones franchise and Walter M. Miller Jr.'s great novel A Canticle for Leibowitz, Moore's Tangle is also something unique and new. Highly recommended."
- HOWARD HENDRIX, author of Spears of God and The Labyrinth Key
"A Tangle of Fates mixes planetary romance with a fairy-tale subtext, and serves it up with an intriguing background of reimagined technology and religion. The result is delicious!"
- EMMA BULL, author of War for the Oaks
What if Snow White had been a revolutionary... instead of a pawn?
Nuetierra. An alien world where twin moons light the night and massive air-breathing jellyfish float through the violet skies trolling for prey. Where giant creatures roam the ancient ruins of a devastated planet, seeking human blood.
Nue Bayona. A gaslamp, steam-powered city caught between the iron fist of a despot and the bloody fist of a terrorist...
Four hundred years have passed since a great war toppled the fusion-powered civilization created by refugees fleeing a dying planet. Since its fall, Old Earth's descendants have gradually rebuilt a new society on the bones of the old.
Deanna Hernaan, daughter of Eduard, the former Alcalde of Nue Bayona, spends much of her time caring for her troubled sister, Ceilia. Six years ago, her stepmother Lourdessa led a brutal political coup against their father. With the consent of the city's elite, Lourdessa rules through patronage and oppression while Deanna's father languishes in prison.
The common citizens chafe beneath Lourdessa's yoke and yearn for their lost democracy. Many in Nue Bayona support a resistance movement led by the mysterious rebel leader known only as Faustin, despite the man's indiscriminant bloodshed and violent tactics.
Threatened by Deanna's popularity with the common people, Lourdessa jealously arranges for her assassination. But the attempt fails and Deanna escapes from the city. Cast adrift in a hostile wilderness and near death, she is rescued by a band of diminutive hunters, members of a mysterious race she knows only from history books-the Tiqui.
Recovering in their distant village, Deanna meets a remarkable woman-the Tiqui chieftess Yellow Bird. The woman possesses the shamanic gift of foresight. Her visions have revealed that a young woman of the tall folk would one day come, a woman whose fate is inextricably linked to that of the Tiqui.
When Deanna's safe haven is destroyed in a night of horrific violence, she must make a choice: leave the Tiqui for a life of exile, or dare to embrace her destiny by embarking on the road to revolution. Dangerous and uncertain, disaster or salvation waits at its end-for both the Tiqui and tall folk alike.
A Tangle of Fates is the first book in the Vox Machina Trilogy
|Publisher:||Muse Harbor Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.95(d)|
About the Author
A practicing veterinarian since 1988, Leslie put her dreams of writing fiction aside until she attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2000. There, bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks told her, "Don't ever give up. Keep writing, no matter what." Those words changed her life.
She published the first volume of her Griffin's Daughter trilogy in 2012. A Tangle of Fates is the first volume of The Vox Machina trilogy, and will be published by Muse Harbor in August of 2014.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a definite case of never judging a book by it's cover!! While this doesn't have an eye catching cover, the inside was amazing!! I dove into this world the author created and didn't want to leave. The world building was amazing (sorry but I'm probably going to use that word a lot during this review!!) It's set in a different world that nearly ravaged itself with war. The world still has things like mobile phones and cars but it also has strange animals, like jelly things that fly, and huge feline cat things. The author has such an attention to detail and richly describes the world but yet doesn't bog you down with it. Then we have the amazing (see!!) characters like Zander, Eduard and a whole host more, but my favourite was Deanna. Deanna is the daughter of the former Alcalde (leader of their part of the world) Eduard. When her mother died, her father eventually remarried to Lourdessa, who deposed Eduard and locked him up. Now Lordessa fears that the people love Deanna too much and sends one of her officers to kill her (a very Snow White feel to this part of the story, which I loved) and tells him to bring back her heart. He takes her to a remote area and tells her he is part of the real resistance and she is safe. He kills an animal and takes back the heart to Lordessa. Deanna spends the night in a cabin and fears that no one will take her to safety so she sets out alone. Deanna was an amazing heroine, she was always kind and nice but she isn't afraid to take a chance either. All she wants is her people to have freedom from Lordessa and have food to eat. She wants to be what her people need but fears she will let them down. I loved her strength. Then we have the Tiqui, the people that save Deanna. She is taken to their village and becomes one of their tribe. I loved learning about them and how they felt almost like the Indian tribes. I loved how caring and welcoming most of them were with Deanna. It was fascinating and a very emotional time during the story. I cried so much!!! So ya, pretty much everything about this book was amazing. From the start to the last word, I was captivated. There are some truly surprising twists, that I did not see coming and some shocking things happen as well!! It is a story that needs to be savoured because its so richly and exquisitely written and you can tell that the author poured her heart and soul into it because it shows. I really didn't want it to end and was sad when I turned the last page. This book is truly a gem and I urge everyone to try it. Anyway, I could keep on and on about how amazing this book is but I think I'd better wrap it up. I am so glad I got a chance to read it because these characters have captured my heart and a week after reading it, I'm still thinking of it and I, for one, can not wait for the next installment to see what happens.
What I Thought I am a HUGE steampunk fan, so this book was perfect! I have read a few steampunk books that have just not hit the mark at all. They try to be clever and to mix sic-fi (space travel based) with the beauty that is steampunk. However, they just end up being a good sci fi book. This book had so much to love. The writing style was dense, filled with detail and intrigue, but it isn't overdone. I found myself glued to pages, rather than turned away by this heavy detail. It gave me everything I needed to really fall in love with the world Moore created. I loved loved loved the characters! Moore gave us everything we needed to feel as though we knew the characters. The world they were in was new, fresh and full of places to discover, in our reading. I loved the amount action that the characters are involved in. The pace of the book was perfection. It moved fast enough to really keep me on the edge of my seat. Yet, it was filled with detail. Overall, this is right up there with some of the better steampunk reads I have enjoyed. I really like the writing, the characters and the whole plot. If you are a steampunk reader, then you have to try this! If you have yet to try steampunk, I highly recommend giving this one a go.
Did I enjoy this book: It was great! Moore’s prose is just a touch too frilly for my taste, and I could make a strong argument that the first chapter is entirely gratuitous, but it’s possible I’m nitpicking. Moore’s characters are well written, her world-building is spot-on, and though I guessed a few important plot points before they were revealed, the story is interesting enough to keep readers invested. (And, um, speaking of being invested . . . can the next book come out soon, please? Pleeeease?) Would I recommend it: Yes. If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi (and flying jellyfish), go ahead and grab this book! As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After reading two books in the last couple months that fit firmly in the realm of science fiction, I have decided that I like my science fiction with a large side of feelings. I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered science fiction books like A Tangle of Fates or First Sun before. Ones that seem to appeal more the my female sensibilities and less to my male sensibilities. You see, I don’t understand (or even like) the militarized version of science fiction with its “carefully” thought out strategies and quest for species domination. (I’m looking at you, Ender’s Game.) A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore certainly fits my need for science fiction with feelings. A Tangle of Fates takes place on a planet colonized by humans which they have already destroyed and are working to rebuild. There is political intrigue and machinations that has a caused a resistances to form providing the reader with a bit of indecision on who is in the right. These things provide a basis for propelling the plot forward and creating a bit of struggle for Deanna, the main character, and Zander, her closest friend. The struggles facing Deanna and Zander are real as is the world of Neuteirra. Moore does a fantastic job blending known elements of Earth and the unknown of Neuteirra. By using Spanish language and culture with strong descriptions that reference known earthly connections, Neuteirra feels unfamiliar yet familiar. A world and history you can’t wait to discover and new friends you can’t wait to fight alongside. A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore gets a thumbs up for constructing a new world from a known world and dreaming into being a society of characters that I would consider friends and fight to the death with.