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

Reviews The Tangled Lands

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    While this book had potential, questions aren't answered and things aren't tied up at the end sot it was disappointing. If there's more books set in this world in the future that do answer questions, I'll probably read more. Check out my review here:https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress....
  • Lashawn
    Read my review at Lightspeed Magazine:
  • J.D. Dehart
    The Tangled Lands reads like an instant fantasy classic. The author’s work together, breaking the larger work into smaller sections, and create an evocative and complex world.This is a literary landscape that the reader can get lost in, with a host of characters and clear driving forces in the plot. The wheels of the engine keep turning, right up to the last pages.I found this book enjoyable and would recommend it as an example of literary tale...