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Shattering the Ley Erenthrall—sprawling city of light and magic whose streets are packed with traders from a dozen lands and whose buildings and towers are grown and shaped in the space of a day At the heart of the city is the Nexus the hub of  a magical ley line system that powers Erenthrall This ley line also links the city and the Baronial plains to rest of the continent and the world beyond The Prime Wielders control the Nexus with secrecy and lies but it is the Baron who controls the Wielders The Baron also controls the rest of the Baronies through a web of brutal intimidation enforced by his bloodthirsty guardsmen and unnatural assasins When the rebel Kormanley seek to destroy the ley system and the Baron’s chokehold two people find themselves caught in the chaos that sweeps through Erenthrall and threatens the entire world Kara Tremain a young Wielder coming into her power who discovers the forbidden truth behind the magic that powers the ley lines; and Alan Garrett a recruit in the Baron’s guard who learns that the city holds mysteries and danger than he could possibly have imagined and who holds a secret within himself that could mean Erenthrall’s destruction or its salvation

  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Shattering the Ley
  • Joshua Palmatier
  • 06 August 2014
  • 9780756409197

About the Author: Joshua Palmatier

wwwzombiesneedbrainscomBibliography Novels Throne of Amenkor seriesThe Skewed ThroneThe Cracked ThroneThe Vacant Throne Well of Sorrows seriesWell of SorrowsLeaves of FlameBreath of Heaven forthcomingNovels of The LeyShattering the LeyThreading the Needle July 2016Reaping the Aurora forthcomingBibliography Short StoriesMastihooba in Close Encounters of the Urban Kind edited by Jennifer Brozek APEXTears of Blood in Beauty Has Her Way edited by Jennifer Brozek Dark uestAn Alewife in Kish as Benjamin Tate in After Hours Tales from the Ur Bar edited by Joshua Palmatier Patricia Bray DAWThe River in River edited by Alma Alexander Dark uestBibliography As EditorAfter Hours Tales From the Ur Bar DAWThe Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity DAWClockwork Universe Steampunk vs Aliens ZNBTemporally Out of Order ZNBAlien Artifacts ZNB; forthcomingWere ZNB; forthcoming

13 thoughts on “Shattering the Ley

  1. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ’m a pretty fast reader but Shattering the Ley still took me about a couple months to read due to the fact I started it earlier this summer right around the time when things got really busy I was only able to read it in small chunks over the weeks though it’s actually a very interesting book with well developed characters and a good foundation in place when it comes to world building That said apparently it wasn’t a “must drop everything to read this now” kind of novel for me either seeing how long it took for me to completeThe story takes place in Erenthrall one of many large cities powered by the Nexus and a system of magical ley lines This also links Erenthrall to the world beyond Specialists called Prime Wielders control the Nexus and the ley lines maintaining and protecting the infrastructure but it is the all powerful Baron who controls the Wielders Seeking to overthrow the Baron and destroy the ley system rebels who call themselves the Kormanley are carrying out attacks across the city shaping the future of Erenthrall and forever changing the lives of manyThe story is told in multiple parts following several characters through different stages of their lives Kara is first introduced to us as a young child but later on in the book we see her as a young woman coming into her power as a Wielder then finally as a Prime Likewise we follow another character named Allen a “Dog” in the Baron’s guard who goes from being a green recruit to a fugitive on the run with his infant daughter The timeline skips ahead at least twice during the course of this novel; the first time it jumps ahead by about two years but the second time it jumps ahead by about twelveTime jumps like these are necessary sometimes to tell a story but they can also be uite dicey There’s the risk of the reader becoming detached from the characters and to some extent I think that’s what happened for me I never really felt connected to Kara despite practically watching her grow into adulthood The same goes for Allen because I felt we missed out on too much of his life especially in the twelve years since he was exiled and had to raise his child by himself People change after all that time and I couldn’t help but wonder about those untold yearsTo the book’s credit very little of the story is given to filler 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 There are many intense scenes often followed by effects that are significant in the long run But another obstacle that kept me from being completely immersed was the complexity of the ley line system and the fact it wasn’t explained very well I wasn’t exactly sure how the Nexus and the ley lines were powering the city or how the Wielders’ abilities worked specifically in controlling this system Like I said we were given a pretty good starting point for the idea but I still had many uestions No doubt can be built upon this premise And the great thing is I think it has a lot of potential

  2. Crowinator Crowinator says:

    Actual rating 35 starsI enjoyed this series opener I think the magic system works as a fresh take on modern electricity and how it is harnessed and distributed frankly electricity might as well be magic right? and the two main characters have compelling personal stakes in how well the ley system functions I'll write closer to publication date but I'm in it for the seuelWhen is that coming out again? Oh rightI have a long wait ahead

  3. Denise Denise says:

    Shattering the Ley is a uniue and intriguing tale that does not uite fit into commonly recognized genres It is not uite high fantasy yet does have a taste of the high fantasy world with the use of different magics and manipulation of ley line power It also has a bit of the dystopian society feel with the use of ley line magic for common comforts such as cooking heating and transportation although there is no premise provided of a modern society coming to ruin and rebuilding through the manipulation of magics There is a rather unusual and promising blending of the two that had me eagerly turning the pagesThe story begins with Kara as a young child and follows her intermittently through early adulthood but in the meantime bounces back and forth between various characters making it difficult to become invested in any one or two characters to a significant degree and in my opinion this disrupted the continuity of the tale I wanted to become attached to Kara but never really had the chance before we were off on another plot twist The story is full of greed and hunger for power brutality and abuse and expounds on how this all influences the magic of the ley as well as society as a whole and the social hierarchyI cannot really say the ending was satisfying as I felt a bit detached by the end and I did not really care much about what happens next It does appear there is to come but the expectation I felt left with was that it would just be of the same rather than a new adventure There is some really good writing here with a wonderfully uniue premise but for me the outcome fell a little short of my expectations I received this book via NetGalley

  4. Melissa J. Katano Melissa J. Katano says:

    I don't often give out 5 stars because I feel that a book has to be really somethingand this one isSHATTERING THE LEY is the first book in a new series by Joshua Palmatier and I feel like I've been waiting for this one to come out FOREVER Sometimes it's a little scary to be anticipating a book this much because you wonder if it can live up to the build up you've created This one did NOT disappointI don't want to say too much because I'm afraid of inadvertently spoiling the book This book has a lot going on political ambition ideological battles over how the ley lines are used and who gets to control them and people whose lives are intertwined even if they don't realize it Seeing how they all intersect is fascinatingNow forgive me while I go sob loudly into my pillow It's going to be another YEAR before the next book is out sob

  5. J.L. J.L. says:

    This is one of those books that I snagged at a convention after meeting the author that then sat on my to be read shelf for an embarrassing amount of time When I saw the final book in the trilogy had been released I figured it was long past time to dive inDiving in is an apt description of how it feels to immerse yourself in this book and its world Despite the gorgeous cover this is not a science fiction novel But at the same time it's an epic fantasy novel set in an era that's hard to pin down because the uniue use of magic in the world has launched technology forward so uickly creating an interesting amalgam of flying vehicles clockwork and handmade candles that never seems to clash awkwardlyUnfortunately it is the world and the state of how it's left at the end of the novel that propels me toward purchasing the next book in this trilogy The two main characters were interesting but never seemed to grab me Kara especially seemed to spend the entire novel reacting to things instead of taking any sort of initiative On top of that so much of the book is spent also following the villains While their information was useful to have to get the entire scope of the story I often found myself wanting to hurry them along It must be noted that Palmatier did accomplish that delicate balancing act of creating villains who do villainous things but do such a good job of justifying it A final secondary character that I found myself invested in seems to drop off the radar about halfway through the book I hope he's revisited in the next though I have no idea how he could have survived the turmoil we leave behind at this pointThe text was so dense that I don't find myself itching to dive immediately back into the next book which has to be ordered and mailed anyway But I'm certain to revisit this world and see what happens soon

  6. Tea Tea says:

    Vividly imagined world characters I cared about and an engaging story Sounds perfect right? It was mostly I really enjoyed Palmatier's take on what amounts to a sort of magic in the Baronies It was like reading a SciFi novel in Fantasy clothing The best of both worlds Much of the basic and now considered essential technology we've developed using electricity they've managed to create using ley and what they don't have that we do is than made up for by what they have but we don't Palmatier gave us in depth looks into the two protagonists' lives while letting us learn nearly as much about a handful of secondary characters There was never a moment where I was banging my head feeling like the Palmatier was either withholding pertinent information or over sharingWhat kept this book from getting five stars was sentence structure Some people would probably find my complaint nit picky but I just didn't like his style after a while I need variety in the length of my sentences and in the way verbs are used Not every sentence with than one action going one needs to follow the She did this the man across from her ing something else as she did I've got nothing against that structure – hell I ended the last paragraph with a variant of it – but I don't need to see it several times on every Single Page Other than that the book was perfect Watching Kara and Allan evolve kept me turning pages long after I should have closed the book Waiting in anticipation of how Baron Arent and his deputies Captain Daedallen and Prime Wielder Augustus would next complicate the lives of Erenthrall's citizens nearly drove me to bite my nails – and I'm not a nail biter

  7. Normalene Normalene says:

    While I found the initial setup to be similar to his earlier series The Throne of Amenkor with a young girl who is coming into her powers as the main protagonist the worldbuilding was sufficiently different that I found this very entertaining The idea of using ley lines as a power source is not new but what Palmatier does with it is very different from the approach that Kim Harrison takes with The Hollows series or that Kat Richardson takes with the Greywalker series Several great supporting characters compete for time but when they all come together you can see that their stories were integral to the plot resolution The book is the first in a series so be prepared for an ending that makes you want to read the next one

  8. Craig Craig says:

    Very decent character development in an interesting world and a lot happens but it felt like something was missing that would help me immerse in it all Part may be that I never really understood the full structure of the ley magic despite it being discussed in 90% of the book I think there was also a similar superficiality in the development of the society a lot of discussion about its surface but little feel for its depth was conveyed So I liked it and will read the next but in the end I was disappointed

  9. Brian Brian says:

    I read this yesterday and well the only thing I have to say is this I stayed up 'til 230 to finish it The only uestion I have is this when is the next book gonna be out?

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