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In A World Rebuilding After Global Mechanized War, Chaos And Ethnic Tensions Rule City States Like Blightcross Prosper Under Dictatorships Built Upon Oil Production Refugees Flock To The City State To Find Work In The Massive Oil Refineries The Black Blood Of Blightcross Is Replacing Vihs Draaf, The Magic Of The Ehzeri People, But Magic Hasn T Entirely Disappearedyet For Fugitive Soldier And Thief Capra Jorassian, Blightcross Is An Opportunity To Earn Enough Money For Her Freedom Stealing An Enchanted Painting From The Dictator S Collection Is Nothing New But The Simple Heist Gets Complicated Quickly When Capra S Childhood Friend Shows Up, Bent On Bringing Her Back For Court Martial Then Her Eccentric Employer, The Creator Of The Painting, Is Kidnapped, Throwing Capra Into A Struggle For The Survival Of Blightcross, With Only Her Enemies As Allies Till Sevari, The Mad Dictator Of Blightcross, Wants The Secrets Of The Painting, And He Ll Do Anything To Get Them But When The Deadly Forces Within The Painting Spiral Out Of His Control, Capra Is The Only One Who Can Defeat Them By Finding A Power Just As Deadly, Hidden Beneath The Lies Of Her Own Culture Blightcross Breaks The Boundaries Of Steampunk, Using Fantasy To Explore The World Of Post Colonialism And The Greed Of Oil Dependent Cultures There are many twists and turns And with every bump and dip, the reader can t help but hang on for the ride and not let go.Read the rest of my review at When I started this novel I wasn t quite sure where it was going because there seemed to be several different genres happening at the same time After a couple of chapters though, I m glad I kept reading The central character is an example of a strong, female character done well, and looking at the book s events through her eyes makes her feel real, while at the same times establishing the bizarre laws of physics that govern the world in which she lives The story takes place on an arid, war stricken world where natural magic is slowly being supplanted by mechanism and oil production Capra Jorassian is an armed forces deserter who is brought, against her will, into an il fated mission across the scarred and blighted desert known as The Hex She is being pursued by rival armed forces, who are on the same mission but have past personal grudges against her The different intrigues takes place against a very well constructed world at the beginning, but then as the book progresses the descriptions get intense as events get and bizarre Clock towers, metal giants, plains of shattered machinery, armies of shadow warriors the stakes just keep getting higher Some of the reviewers above said that there was not enough detail, but in certain parts of the book there s plenty Throughout the novel, the characterization and storytelling are both solid Some of the dialog sounds a little bit like 21st century formal conversation, but maybe that s just me All in all, an intriguing work of speculative fiction and I d like to know if there s going to be a sequel. Blightcross by C.A LangThis is another I had in my wish list I was hoping for a steam punk novel and it almost had me at the start There seemed to be an air ship and possibly Victorian values if not dress, but there was this massive creep into other elements that shifted it from steam punk and into an alternate world whose era seemed to be a bit slippery There seemed to be some technology that was beyond what I was expecting and then just a whole lot of magic and a feeling we were in some bygone era that had magic and was transitioning to machine.Clearly at some point I felt like I was reading something like a cross between Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series and Simon R Green s Death stalker series with a whole bunch of magic tossed into the mix and then add in some dark fantasy similar to Stephen Palmer s The Rat and the Serpent.The main character Capra is not what she seems which is a typical trope She s apparently not what everyone else thinks nor does she have a clear grasp of who or what she is herself But that might not matter because she s an adventuress and an opportunist trying to stay one step ahead of her past and apparently burning bridges as she goes Dannac is her only friend and they are an unlikely pair since she is Valoii and he is Ehzeri and they are mortal enemies And they are on their way to Blightcross where they believe people don t care as much about the differences between the two But the question is is Blightcross really what they think it is They are thieves and they are on one last scam that will net them enough money to retire, but that quickly goes south when their past catches up, Capra s past, and the people who are pursuing her as a deserter are close at her heals Now penniless in Blightcross they have to look for work that will keep them in low profile and help get them out of danger while pursuing their dreams of retirement.Blightcross proves to be a place that chews its people up and spits them out It is also the place where myth, magic and mayhem have come to roost.This is where the plots digress into a murderous hodgepodge that becomes difficult to follow and reminded me greatly of those Deathstalker Series Capra is a strong character but she s one that is hard to sympathize with because we never quite get to know her or her story because an apparent part of the plot is to leave that shrouded in mystery and doubt.I give the story high marks for entertainment value and the beginning was quite good though it gives the readers little clue to just where this story will end up There are plenty of twists and turns in a fast but well paced story most of the way until we reach the pall mall helter skelter final pages.I recommend this to anyone who loves the adventure novels with a bit of tease into steam punk and then digression into dark fantasy with magic and technology blended together into a retelling of a mythological tale.SFF Steam punk Magic Dark FantasyJ.L Dobias The plot of Blightcross sounds pretty straightforward initially, a couple of outcasts trying to get money by stealing a painting from the ruler of the oil driven city of Blightcross There is much to it tho The characters, a strong willed female ex soldier, a thief with a past full of secrets, a scholar with special powers, an unconventional painter and a sometimes deranged, sometimes quite rational dictator, get all drawn into something so much bigger than all of them Without giving away any spoilers, once the story starts developing, I was not able to take my eyes off this book.Some aspects of the book reminded me a little bit of Michael Ende s Momo in terms of mood than the story itself, which is much darker. Audiobook version Overall, the ideas and world building is loads of fun, but I was distracted by some inconsistent audio production, and at times, it felt like the story wasn t going anywhere I did enjoy the story itself. 3.5 5 starsBlightcross deals with a lot of issues societal, environmental, political and much It s quite amazing to see everything that s nicely packed into this one book Intermixed in that is a steady cadence to Lang s writing that will serve to pull readers along The book might start out somewhat slow, but it picks up pace incredibly fast Though Blightcross did, at times, lack some details I would have really enjoyed, This book is one hell of an adventure The characters will pull you into a true adventure story, but the depth and the staggering amount of deeper meanings and morals that Lang threads throughout his plot will make anyone stop and think.I love books like that It s rare that a book will tell such a fun story and make me think so deeply about so many different things at the same time While there are some small problems with pacing, details and the like, they are easy to overlook Blightcross is one of those books that hasn t been read, or talked about, nearly enough, and is a true gem that could dazzle many.Read my full review here Blightcross is an action packed novel and quite impressive for a debut While I felt it lacked a bit of detail in some areas, and failed to properly explore the depth that is obviously present in this secondary world, it is an entertaining tale One that shows a powerful imagination on the authors part and opens plenty of opportunities to further explore the setting There are no easy answers or black and white situations in this novel, Capra is as flawed as any of the people who surround her and the author isn t afraid of showing the reader just that In short, it is a promising novel I wonder if the author means to write stories in this setting.Full Random Comments review