However, the Great Fern Jungle that surrounds Futharkia is dying, being bleached white by some unseen force. Coupled with the fact that the simian-like Fern Lice have been hunted to near extinction to provide for Futharkia's ever-increasing demand for food, Futharkia's ecosystem is near collapse. It is amid this setting that Cyesko Limariar, an aging rune-scribe makes one last attempt at greatness to lift himself out of poverty, even if by fraudulent means.
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Author Lars Teeney gave me an e-copy of The Shackled Scribes for review. Having read and enjoyed two other books by Lars Teeney (both Apostates books), I was quite surprised by The Shackled Scribes. It was not the Lars Teeney I was expecting; talk about changing up your style-Whew! The Shackled Scribes is at once, serious fantasy and demented dystopia. It rates a 12 on the 10 point "EWWW!" scale. It is a tale of slaves, masters, and how symbiotic this arrangement can be. The Shackled Scribes does not spend much time moralizing on the rightness or wrongness of the slave/master situation, or the addiction used to keep the slaves willingly subjugated (therein lies the EWWW factor). It is what it is for the most part. In an interesting twist, the heroine of the story (at least in my mind) does not get all that much print. She has a major impact on the story line but does not spend that much time as the focus of the book. Different, but I found it a great way to tell her story. The society is as dystopic as they come, but very few of the participants have any real problem with that. This is another departure from the main stream of the genre. Usually there is a large segment of the society that has been marginalized/oppressed/victimized and are active in their opposition to the ruling class. Not so here. The Shackled Scribes by Lars Teeney shows what a talented writer (though fans of The Apostates already know this) our author is: to write something so totally different from his usual work. If I wore one, my hat would be off to him. Little sex, some violence (not particularly graphic), lots of story, mega ewww. The Shackled Scribes is truly unlike any other book I have read, and I read a lot. If you can handle being grossed out a bit, I think you will agree with me. Enjoy! Mike
They were slaves to their conquerors, slaves to their addictions, but they were also gifted rune scribes and their talents were as treasured as the Ichor they received as a reward. It has been this way for centuries, and would continue far into the future, or so the Masters thought. Around the city the Great Fern Jungle was dying, many of its creatures being hunted to extinction. Is there a rune with the power to save the eco-system or have these beings only repeated the mistakes of others? Always expect the unique, unusual and fascinatingly different from Lars Teeny and you will never be disappointed as he takes us to the city of Futharkia as they are about to meet their greatest peril. The Shackled Scribes is a journey to a land of unusual creatures, where feathers and beaks replace hair and mouths and the names are tongue twisters in themselves. If you’re like me, I don’t let the names distract me from the tale, I kind of hum through them, no offense Mr. Teeny! Be prepared to exercise your imagination and remember to cut the cords of reality completely as Lars Teeny takes you through his twisted tale of fantasy that even makes a statement on a couple of contemporary topics, either that or I took my own fantasy trip without the Ichor! I received this copy from Lars Teeney in exchange for my honest review.