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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning and New York Times best-selling authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell comes a fantasy novel told in four parts about a land crippled by the use of magic and a tyrant who is trying to rebuild an empire - unless the people find a way to resist.

Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. It is run by a tyrant known as The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world. Together they try to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to stop them.

In four interrelated parts, The Tangled Lands is an evocative and epic story of resistance and heroic sacrifice in the twisted remains surrounding the last great city of Khaim. Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell have created a fantasy for our times about a decadent and rotting empire facing environmental collapse from within - and yet hope emerges from unlikely places with women warriors and alchemical solutions.

©2010, 2018 Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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More, please!

Loves the writing and narration! If I have a complaint, it is only that I wanted to hear how the characters in each vignette fared. Highly recommend!

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A world with more potential

I thoroughly enjoyed this "novel," however it doesn't feel so much as a novel as four outstanding short stories that happen to occur in the same realm. I really wish the authors would have done more, interwined the different persepectives into one larger story, versus the four short stories that just so happen to be taking place at the same time in the same world. They even neglected, excluding perhaps once, the mentioning of the other various protagonists. It's simply disappointing that something with such an intercut world fell flat.

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Strong women are beautiful women.

I wasn't crazy about the first story, but the last two just resonated with me. I loved the struggle and strength of the female characters. It painted women unlike the usual female characters who are physically frail, tiny and soft. These women were physically rough and strong, yet still women, mothers, daughters; dreaming of what most women dreamt of: love and family. It was real, it was refreshing...they were, to me, the definition of what a beautful woman should embody. The author did a great job making the reader understand what the characters were going through.

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Bacigalupi is a masterful storyteller

I'm not a huge fan of epic fantasy but I really enjoyed Bacigalupi's previous book. And again he proved to be a masterful storyteller. The narrator did an awesome job.

A free audiobook was provided by Audible.

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All these stories are so ridiculously GOOD!

Each story provides background and builds the world more and more. The final arch is amazing. Kate did so good. The suspense kept me up at night. I was deeply invested in the last two stories. One was beautiful. The other bittersweet.

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Excellent!

wonderful story, particularly Tobias S Buckell's portions read by Kate Reading. The writing is excellent, and Reading's voice is just perfect for it. Hope he's expanding beyond sci fi.

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An unexpected gem!

Surprisingly at points reminiscent of Greek tragedy. for every inch of good our protagonists get they get another mile of bad road. It is a book of a few short stories that string together to make a cohesive whole... and each protagonist brings something new and interesting to the equation.

Mr Reynolds and Ms. Reading turn in fantastic performances (as usual) and one can hardly find them being disappointed by picking a title with one of their names attached to it.

My single and solitary complaint is that this book is not a series. as of the time of me writing this review, there is no follow-up, and I am anxious for more. one or maybe two got a definite ending, but there are a few protagonists that I really like to see where they went and what they did afterwards... so if my vote means anything, please make another one.

Thank you for your time and consideration

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Interesting. idea

Dig these two authors and this is seriously interesting. Modern day fairy tales with modern content. Also two of my absolute favorite narrators. Kate Reading us the bomb!

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Excellent. Wish there was more!

I enjoyed this book immensely. After finishing, the first thing I did was google to see if there is more written in this world. I would love to see what other stories emerge from this setting. Definitely worth the credit.

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4 stories

These are 4 gripping stories set in a well crafted, bloody universe. Stories full of humanity, but also cruelty, focussing on the 'little man', the mud, and how their lives are impacted by the world.
Paolo Bacigalupi is an incredible writer, and Tobias Buckell also delivers!

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