cover image Shattering the Ley

Shattering the Ley

Joshua Palmatier. DAW, $25.95 (496p) ISBN 978-0-7564-0919-7

Palmatier (the Throne of Amenkor trilogy) kicks off an epic fantasy series with this complex tale set in a world where wonders are accomplished by manipulating the magical energy of ley lines. Over several years, the city of Erenthrall—home to the miraculous Nexus at the heart of the ley system—is imperiled by the abuse of ley power and the dissident priests of the Kormanley. Caught up in the growing conflict are Kara, whose ability to manipulate the ley earns her swift promotion through the ranks of the Wielders, and Allan, one of the ruthless Baron Arent’s enforcers. As Erenthrall endures disruptions, blackouts, rebel uprisings, and political infighting, tension rises until catastrophe seems imminent. Palmatier lets the story build slowly, introducing a sprawling cast and fascinating setting, before explosively upsetting the status quo. This initial installment feels like buildup for the rest of the story, but still delivers a compelling adventure. Agent: Joshua A. Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (July)