The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Tangled Lands

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 ...

Details The Tangled Lands

TitleThe Tangled Lands
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Short Stories, Science Fiction Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magic, Adult, Anthologies, Dystopia, Speculative Fiction

Reviews The Tangled Lands

  • Carrie
    The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell is a fantasy read that is done a bit differently than normal books. When it was said in the synopsis that it takes place in four parts I wasn’t quite expecting four completely different stories. This really makes the book feel like reading a collection of novellas that all feature different characters but take place within the same fantasy world.The four stories take place in Khaim, Th...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum couple things I didn’t realize when I first picked up The Tangled Lands: one, the world featured here was in fact introduced back around 2011 in the Khaim Novellas series, consisting of The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi and The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell. Two, this book actually turned out to be an anthology of sorts, containing four short stories which include...
  • Mitchell
    Some of this I've read before. Good and interesting. But too dark for me to be completely enjoyable. Torture both physical and mental and usually fairly unnecessary. The world is fairly well thought out and the magic system feels consistent. Pretty strong use of female characters as well.
  • Alex Can Read
    This review first appeared on my blog.textThe Tangled Lands is made up of four distinct short stories, tied together by a common land and a common problem. Calling The Tangled Lands a novel is a bit misleading and left me somewhat disappointed in the end result. The four stories are loosely tied together by place and problem, but not character. Each story has distinct characters, and while each story was very good, the overall novel doesn't seem...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE TANGLED LANDS is less a novel, than four interrelated novellas. Each part focuses on different characters working within Khaim, a city covered in deadly thorns and vines due to the overuse of magic. Khaim acts as the main character, setting, and antagonist throughout each novella. In Khaim, magic is deadly but corruption isn’t just found in tangled roots. It’s in the men the who wield power and ...
  • Phee
    This was just ok for me. When it says a story in four parts it actually means four story’s in the same world. There are two stories from each author and the book read like a collection of novellas. They were all of a good standard but I can’t help but wish it was one narrative set in this world. I feel like it would be so much better this way. The Brambles were really interesting though and a little bit creepy. And I liked the overall message...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this! Lots of different POVs and consistent writing between the two authors. I was expecting them to try and solve the toxic magic stuff destroying the town but that's not the point of the book. Really cool and fast read and A FANTASY STAND ALONE!
  • Shelby Machart - Read and Find Out
    3ish stars overall? I will be writing a full review of this soon.Here's the star break-down for each novella:The Alchemist: 3 starsThe Executioness: 3.5 starsThe Children of Khaim: 2 starsThe Blacksmith's Daughter: 4 stars
  • Tracett
    Those of us living through the trump administration will certainly see some familiarity in these cautionary tales of a fantasyland. And what a well built fantasyland this is! This quartet of stories is a rich enticement to hoping for further novels set in this class driven world. The two authors stories blended easily together and the strong feminism represented was a welcome viewpoint.
  • Paul ataua
    'The Tangled Lands' is made up of four standalone novellas tied together by a common land and a common problem. The overuse of magic has given rise to a bramble that is encroaching on the cities and destroying everything in its path. The worldbuilding is beautiful . It allows the stories to breathe. The people and their predicaments are also interestingly presented. It’s a good read, but never goes beyond a good read. I enjoyed all four stories...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Read as an eARC from NetgalleyThis collection of four novellas surprised me in a few ways. I am a fan of stories about cities, the people who inhabit them, and the way one's evolution influences the other's. Khaim, the Blue City, has been afflicted by bramble that sprouts from overuse of magic and leaves people who get too close in a comatose state.The Alchemist tells the story of the man who invented a device that could destroy bramble, but his ...
  • Frith
    Really interesting concept, but definitely very underwhelmingly executed. This book is actually four standalone novellas, which don't really build on each other or expand the extended story, which I really wanted them to do. By the end it was actually pretty frustrating, as I felt the first one was by far the most interesting and the only one which actually seemed to *affect* the world. I was then waiting for the characters/threads from this to w...
  • Linda Maria ~
    it's actually 3.5 in still stunned GR doesn't have the half star feature yet. oh well... my review will come later .. first some socializing 😅so, I bought the book because it sounded interesting and I know some work by Paolo Bacigalupi, now is weird to say I did like the work by Tobias, I'm not familiar with his work, better? his stories were able to captivate me, while Paolo's work stayed flat. and almost bored me. the tangled lands is a four...
  • Ines
    I am not impressed.This is not really a novel - it's four novellas happening in or around the same city where magic causes bramble to grow. This bramble causes deadly sleeping sickness in people and cannot be destroyed. Ergo, magic is forbidden and its use punished (or, as we all know, only higher-ups get to use it without fear of consequences).If this was a novel, it might have been interesting with some more work put into it. But as it is, the ...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I was so impressed by this book. Bacigalupi and Buckell's team synergy is only more apparent as the book continues. There's a distinct sense of when these short stories end, but as a whole the overall story continues. This is a book about the setting, the lands of Khaim, and the people who inhabit this setting. The world buildi...
  • Lindsey
    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the set up, with short stories all set in the same world during the same time period. I loved the characters and the world building. My one disappointment is that there wasn't really a resolution. It was vignettes, and each had their own sort of ending. ... but the bigger story being told through these stories never really got a resolution, and that made me a little sad. I feel like it needed one last story, pe...
  • Amanda Reynolds
    Genre: Fantasy, Environmental fictionOverall Feeling: This book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was a series of 4 short stories set in the same world. I enjoyed all 4 of the stories independently and appreciated the messages they were sending about over using a resource (in this case magic) so much that it destroyed civilizations. I really enjoyed the world and the characters. The stories are quite depressing, but most get a relatively happy en...
  • Suncerae
    In the last great city of Khaim, four unrelated individuals survive in a rotting empire of tyrants and corruption. The Jolly Mayor and the last archmage need magic to build their castle in the sky, but the over-use of magic has corrupted its use, causing a poisonous plant called the bramble to grow relentlessly, overtake what's left of the city, and induce coma for anyone who touches it. Together, they outlaw magic for everyone except themselves....
  • Iryna Khymych
    I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!4 out of 5 StarsThe Tangled Lands is a collection of short stories, from four different perspectives. A long time ago, magic was discovered. It was carelessly and incessantly used for everything, until it became corrupted. Now, anytime anyone uses magic it causes ‘brambles” to spring all round and anyone who touches them falls into a deep co...
  • Beth
    The land of Khaim, where magic use causes brambles to grow. Not just *any* brambles, but those that FEED on the magic, and follow it to it's source. Almost sentient - and absolutely deadly. The people know this...and yet. It's all to easy to do "just a little" to help heal a child. Or "it'll be ok" to help a business flourish. It's always "just fine" - until the brambles make their way closer and closer, taking over home and hearth, and killing e...
  • Gary
    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell are two of the finest living writers of science fiction and fantasy. Bacigalupi has written several novels and stories exploring futures where environmental catastrophe and response to it create unique, almost overwhelming challenges for his characters. Buckell is best known for a sequence of novels set in a future where Caribbean cultures have settled other planets. His worlds are richly realized and character...
  • Victoria Law
    I have to admit that I started reading this hoping that it would be a lighter counterweight to Phoolan Devi's autobiography The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend, in which the first 22 chapters (at least!) reminding readers of the infuriating class inequities and injustices, not to mention pervasive and accepted violence against women, in India. But The Tangled Lands is like stepping int...
  • Crystal
    Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an un-biased review.Before now, I’ve never been a fan of short stories. I think that’s a holdover from my high school days. I loved nothing more than getting a nice big novel to read in English class. I was so sad when we, in my opinion, wasted time on an anthology of short stories. Ugh. Disappointment! I want a real book! A Tale of Two Cities! Pride and Prejudice! … wait ...
  • Matt
    Overall, I thought it was a tale of a fascinating land and political structure. But it seemed that the four parts of the story had more to with the land that the characters found themselves in rather than the characters themselves. I really enjoyed the cause/effect nature that magic had on the world and the richness of the world is where the book is the most compelling. But a story where the setting takes center-stage left me wanting more. I thou...
  • Laura Newsholme
    *This review is based upon a sample only*I found this a really intriguing glimpse into a very interesting world. Khiam has been overrun by a terrible bramble, a plant which has the power to kill and feeds on magical energy. The Alchemist believes that he has found a way to kill the bramble, and this novella tells his story. This particular story is told by Paolo Bacigalupi and it is a shame that the sample didn't have a Tobias S Buckell chapter t...
  • Tyler
    I really wanted to rate this book higher. I preordered it over three months ago when it was announced, and had been waiting on bated breath until this week. I fell in love with the Tangled Lands world of Khaim back in 2013, when I first read The Alchemist short story. It was such a beautiful terrible fantasy world that instantly hooked me.So I was very surprised to see that this was less a novel, and just two new short stories, along with the two...
  • Kend
    Well, this just wasn't my thing. It wasn't poorly written, and it wasn't excellent either. The two authors trade out who writes which chapter and which point of view, which makes for an interesting affect, but which also leads to certain inconsistencies of tone and voice which are really quite hard to ignore. The fairy-tale underpinnings never quite bloom into an aesthetic, perhaps as a result, and while the interlocking of the various points of ...
  • Saied Ali
    Not impressed...a fascinating premise but with four disjointed short stories it was hard to really appreciate any of the characters or the world...definitely feel like this would have worked better if the author truly developed one story and gave us backstory of the world and the onset of the brambles and how life itself changed with character development and growth with substantial plot...only the first story was interesting to me and possibly t...
  • Anya
    I was a bit confused as I was reading this book, expecting the stories to tie together. Spoiler alert - they don't. It was a natural assumption since the previous books I have read by Paolo Bacigalupi have multiple character storylines that weave together. This is really a collection of four stories that take place in the same mesmerizing fantasy world. I loved them, and hope there will be more!